An investment I had to make to begin working was to find a good vehicle. It had to be large enough, in the future, to take a whole collecting team out (4 to 6 people), with capacity to load plants as well. It also had to get me easily into hard-to- reach places, especially during the first phase, when I was prospecting the land. What I had in mind was that the ideal vehicle would be a Land Rover, the older kind. I have always liked the rustic, single-body design, which has been since I can remember the utility vehicle for farmworkers (or for the Guardia Civil). Yet I did not want to make a decision basing myself on nostalgic or pastoral criteria. I needed a good truck and that was that. I was searching in the used market for a good four-wheel drive with a trailer hitch and tried about everything: a Nissan Patrol, a Mitsubishi Shogun, a Toyota Land Cruiser, an Opel Frontero. But as what tends to happen, you end up where you started, and I found a 9- seater Land Rover Defender in very good condition at a reasonable price. Besides, it had a flat-style African roof rack with a ladder, very useful for loading. I went to test drive it in Vic, and sure enough, it was what I wanted. I negotiated down the price and we sealed the deal then and there.
Since then it has been my best workmate. It has taken me to inaccessible places, and has carried all of our samplings, plus tools, firewood and the results of various gatherings. Its noisy diesel motor and the vibration of its heavy body make it a rough and friendly character, which my kids call Rovert. When I drive it in the early hours of the morning, arriving to the exploration points in L’Albera or the Parc Natural del Cap de Creus, I feel like it is a partner who has been with me for a long time, an experienced companion who, deep down, helped me garner the courage and confidence I needed to get this project off the ground.