17.10.2011 - 18.10.2011 27 °C
We, however, got LB & C ready and set off bright and early from our delightful hotel for Caragena - another 500+km. I have to say that, after all the magnificent countryside we had ridden through so far, this leg was mostly disappointing. Instead of lovely little white villages and sparkling sea, it was mostly mile upon square mile of plastic covered growing tunnels and industrial estates. We took to the toll roads further inland to escape these views and the heavy traffic, hitherto unencountered on any part of our trip. (4cars in view at one time had been rare up till now). Catagena and the surrounding areas were a welcome change and our hotel, easy to find, was surrounded by such lovely buildings we just sat on the pavement terrace and enjoyed the scene before Mandy thrashed Roy at cards (again), had dinner and went to bed.
Ladybird and the Creature were waiting patiently for as as usual in the a.m. And we set off, eary again, for the relatively short journey to Denia, where the plan was to get a leisurely lunch before checking in for the ferry at 3p.m. Arriving at the port at midday, Roy stayed with the bikes, hemets, jackets, top bags, rucksacks, papers, keys etc while Mandy went to pick up the tickets. Poblem number one - the ferry company wouldn't accept the papers Mandy had proving residency in Spain (hitherto not a problem). So extra had to be paid. Chalking that down to experience, Mandy checks the embarkation time, only to discovered that 5 minutes earlier the ferry company had decided to change the sailing time to 10p.m.
OK, Denia is a fab place to pass time, but NOT when it means that all the aforementioned luggage PLUS heavy bike jackets have to be carried around, AND wearing armoured trousers, thick socks and bike boots. Fortunately a nice menu del dia was found across the road where Ladybird and the Creature could be carefully watched and now a rather lengthy card tournament is being planned to pass the next SIX hours before going back to the dock. We SHOULD arrive Palma de Mallorca around 3 in the a.m. And then be at home by 4 all being well. That gives us time to consider the plusses and minuses of our trip, what we would do the same, what to do differently.
P.S. The ferry company have just called to tell us about the late departure of the ferry - how thoughtful!