Hi guys, been really struggling with wifi at the last few campsites, so will do a bumper blog now.
After we reached Murcia we contacted Chris and Peter, the couple we met back in France. They had said that when they are not travelling they are based in an Eco-Campsite near Alicante. As luck had it, they were there and kindly offered us a bed for a couple of nights!
We had a lovely evening with them and didn’t need much convincing on their offer to stay around for a day! We had a great time, sharing stories of our travels since we’d last met. We followed what was becoming a tradition and had a great debate one evening too!
After sharing many beers, whiskies, delicious meals and stories we eventually had to hit the road again. We wished them both well for their cruise around Greece and bade them farewell again. We both hope that our paths will cross with these lovely people again in the future.
All that was left to do was hit the road again! Our route took us through Alicante and Benidorm to stop at a cool-looking campsite on the coast. The ride was great, we made great time and were both feeling fairly good in the saddle. We arrived at the campsite to find that it’s Dutch owners take a special shine to cyclo-tourists like ourselves. They kindly gave us a pitch for the night, at no cost whatsoever!
It was that night that the latest problems for us occurred. Matt 1 has a habit of stretching out in his sleep, which 99% of the time isn’t a problem at all! This time though our luck switched back from fair to dreadful, and his foot caught in the inner of his tent. Still half asleep, he wrenched it free, only to find he’d torn the netting inside his tent. This left him at the mercy of any parched mosquitos who happened to buzz past.
He got through the night, despite being bitten quite a lot. We moved on towards Valencia in the morning.
On the whole, this was a great ride! Its mountainous beginnings soon gave way to long, flat roads where we were really able to set a decent tempo. We’d decided to stop at a campsite that was situated a few kilometres outside Valencia. About 26km from this destination, I got a puncture! We stopped, patched up and hit the road again, aided by a heroic mountain biker who had decided to tear himself apart in order to set a good pace for us. We really appreciated the boost!
Eventually we rolled into the campsite and set up for the evening. What should have resulted in a calm, restful night ended in Matt being eaten alive by mosquito’s and not sleeping a wink. A few of the rascals even made it through my netting and had a feast on me, though I was able to grab a few hours sleep.
The next morning, we decided the best course of action would be to hole up in a hostel in Valencia and find a camping shop and a bike shop the next day. We’d have done it today, but everything is closed on a Sunday in Spain!
Tomorrow, the plan is one of repairs and replenishment. I need to buy a few inner-tubes for my bike, as my current ones have quite a few patches on them. We’ll also buy Matt a new tent, which will hopefully prove to be a sturdier stronghold for the rest of our tour!
We’ll then clock up as many kilometres as we can, as we ride in the direction of Barcelona.