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Day 32: Altea (Damp!)

A somewhat damp day with light showers leading to heavier rain later. Here's a view of the current park-up location with a view of the hill I cycled up in the background! A

Day 31: Altea (Drive/Cycle)

The view towards Benidorm from Serra de Bernia Well it seemed like a good idea when I set off, but it wasn't long before I realised that this Saturday afternoon cycle was not

Day 30: Denia (Finale)

As with all good things, the finale had to arrive. And it did so in style. Lynn created a great ride to end our set of Denia rides. A ride that took us

Day 29: Denia (Cyclismo)

Some pretty tough cycling was had today. Perhaps some of the toughest I've encountered. Yet it was an excellent day of cycling: great company; great scenery; tough climbs; great descents and; the sun

Day 28: Denia (Cycling)

After yesterday's rest day for me (the Norton Wheelers Posse went for an afternoon cycle) it was good to be back in the saddle for an up and down kind of day, both

Day 27: Denia (Non Day)

It is said that the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain: today it chose to rain in Denia! At least it did from pre-dawn until the end of lunch! Accordingly today's

Day 26: Denia (Cycle)

Today we rode the very popular cycle route up to the Coll de Rates, which included a rather steep "short cut" and some fine views. Here's one: This was followed by some lumpiness

Day 25 Denia (Drive/Cycle)

An early start to the day (at least it was for me). Having an owl rather than lark phenotype, I'm more of a night time kind of guy (but, definitely not something of

Day 24: Gandia (This and That)

Looking back, towards the port of Gandia, from where ferries to the Balearics sail. Looking forward to Denia: my next stop. A bit of a this and that kind of a day: a

Day 23: Gandia (Ciclismo)

Weather: let's just say that winter gloves were not required for today's descents! (Although the maximum elevation was less today the temperatures were higher throught the day: about 15°C at 10am, about

Day 22 Gandia (Cycling)

Another day cycling in the sun. The highlight of the ride was the climb up La Llacuna. It seemed to me that the climb was hard but, according to PJAAM: a good cycle

Day 21: Gandia (Cycle)

Today's caption competition: Here's a starter for ten: no tengo piles! Another flat windy ride, this time to Denia, via Piles. Here's a photo of a local Denia hotel! I also cycled across

Day 20: Cullera (Messages etc.)

Last night's location was not as sheltered as I thought, as evidenced by the shaking of the van when struck by the more violent gusts. As a result a broken sleep was had

Day 19: South Valencia (Cycle)

I appreciate that the weather up there is currently less favourable than it is down here. However, we are currently subject to weather that is not ideal for cycling! Today was as windy

Day 17: South Valencia (Football)

A third and final visit to the city of Valencia. The reason, all because of a football match: Manchester United 2 - 1 Manchester City. I watched it in Valencia's Irish Pub: St

Day 16: South Valencia (Cycle)

Guess what stupid did? Stupid did what stupid said he wouldn't do. He forgot his cycling helmet, again! So note to self failed, as did placing the helmet adjacent to the van door!

Day 15: Further North of Valencia

I have moved from a paid motorhome campsite to a municipal one, which is free. The maximum stay is 72 hours, but I'm leaving tomorrow morning. Not only is this new site free,

Day 14: North of Valencia (Cycle)

Today was the first "proper" cycle of this Spanish cycling/van tour. Mostly it was good. The two bits that were not are: (1) the hiker-bike section coming down from the high summit

Day 12: Valencia (Beach)

As strange as it may seem I felt the needed for a day off! For most of the past eleven days or so I've been on the go; either driving, cycling, sourcing a

Day 11: Valence (Short Cycle)

Once upon a time there was a river that ran through a Spanish city. In that city all was well until that fateful day when it wasn't. On that day the river burst

Day 10: Valencia (Culture!)

Where as I was hoping for some culture in Valencia I actually got the run around trying to acquire a Spanish PrePaid sim card, which turned out to be much harder than anticipated.

Day 9: Valencia (Cycling)

Fun, mainly flat cycling in the sun. However, there was a wee climb up to a meteorological radar station with some steep gradients to contend with. Later, on approaching an iron gate, it