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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

On the road

Bank Holiday weekend. There was a 40km traffic jam just outside Albacete, all the Madrileños heading for the coast. I was going the other way. Maggie bound. It was much the same the whole length of the A3 motorway. Must have been hell getting out of Madrid. I had no trouble going in; Yecla, Almansa A31, A3, M50 but as I hit the A6 out of Madrid heading north to la Coruña the traffic ground to a halt. 75 mins for about 5kms but as soon as I got into the tunnel under the Guadarrama mountain range the traffic eased up.

The speed limit in the tunnel is 80kph. I had a Guardia patrol car behind so I stuck to 77, 78. The Guardia got bored and went past at about 90kph followed by lots of other cars. Leading by example.

1 comment:

Sam Lown said...

"Must have been hell getting out of Madrid."

You have no idea! We set of a 7pm and arrived for dinner at 1am. It was just traffic jam after traffic jam, and then just when you thought it had finished, it ground to a halt again.

The worst part was arriving at Albacete, even the people who had paid to use the "traffic-jam free" AP-36 had to queue, there really was no escape!

Last time I come down the night before a "puente".

Have a great time in Ciudad Rodrigo! sam