Pat and Peter are on holiday this week, so we took the opportunity to do this old favourite. It’s shorter than the normal Monday walk, and we had planned to spend the extra time sitting in the sun outside the bar in the square after the walk.
The weather forecast was for possible showers after 2pm. The morning was dry but cloudy when we started, so we were not prepared for quite heavy rain about 15 minutes into the walk. The weather can change very quickly at this time of year, so we decided to carry on and hope for the best.
But the best was not to be. Before we reached our first banana stop the rain was pouring down, we were soaked despite our waterproofs and the path had turned into a fast flowing stream. The next part of the walk involved a steep climb over large rocks, and we felt it was too wet and dangerous to continue.
This is the first Monday walk that we have abandoned having made the decision to start. It was my decision, but everyone agreed. By the time we reached Benimeli the rain had stopped, though it still looked pretty bad up at the aerials. Worst still our bar in the square was closed. Most of the group left for home, but five of us found an alternative bar in the village.
When we returned to Parcent there was no sign of any rain, and the rest of the day proved bright and sunny. We were just very unlucky that the heavy rain arrived at just the wrong time and in just the wrong place.
Monday 14 October
We all agreed to do the same walk next week. Meet near the retirement home in Benimeli at 10am. Fingers crossed for good weather!