Oh boy what a difference a day makes, America gets Trump and I get the perfect bike ride!
The sun was out and the little wind, was behind me and although I had 2,300 feet of climbing it meant I had nearly 5,000 feet of descent. To top it all the Spanish had not only built the A30 motorway for the traffic but they had also upgraded the N301 road parallel to it 🙂 with smooth tarmac, wide and great bends and no traffic using it except moi.
The icing on the cake came when I stopped in Blanca for a Coke and to inspect booking.com for local accomodation. I discovered just down the road was a thermal spa and hotel offering a great deal for the night 🙂 Of I sped down the glorious Rio Segura gorge a real treat after the last two days of biking across the dull scenery.
The Balneario de Archena, Hotel Termas didn’t disappoint 🙂 in fact I instantly booked a leg massage and another night so I can spend tomorrow languishing in the thermal outdoor pools surrounded by the gorge walls:-)
Apologies for the 22 day hiatus due to my very pleasurable weekend with all the family in Skeggie, so enjoyable I booked it for next year too. A first 🙂
Plus a week of the time was pleasurably spent introducing Sally to the delights of biking around Ibiza 🙂
Yesterday I started my tour again from Valencia,and its excellent Hotel Valencia Center, I liked it so much I stayed a couple of days extra after dropping Sally of at Valencia airport. In fact I could easily see me returning for longer 🙂
It was a very tough day too, with a huge climb according to Strava of 6,423 feet over 67 miles with a wind direct from the West and yes I was heading West 🙁 It was cold too and I was dressed for the sun not high altitudes :-(. Finally arriving at the delightful Hotel Jalance with it’s very steep driveway 🙁 frozen and totally wrecked.
This morning I dressed in every bit of cycling clothes that I had, the wind continued and perhaps I should have stayed, that’s the problem with booking a hotel the night before 🙁
The day was pretty murderous climbing up to 3,000 feet and then, due to the strength of the wind, having to pedal down the hills in a low gear 🙁
The day finally ended with a climb, as the name suggests, to Chinchilla de MONT Aragon and the freezing cold bedroom at El Volante with it’s very tepid warm water shower (I didn’t bother as I would never have warmed up again 🙁 You can view the Strava here.
I think I will be sleeping in my clothes but I guess for €25 what else do you expect. My slowest average speed ever according to Strava of 8mph and not a speck of sun all day.
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