Total ascent: 937m
Time in the saddle: 5hr 28
Early start again today..before breakie again too. However this place was lovely enough to give me a plate of bread, jams, cake and juice that I could take to my room to have in the morning. Made me laugh that the jam was diet stuff...when there were cakes to be eaten as well.
It was a beautiful morning quite hazy and cool, giving very picturesque views if the hills and the many wind turbines on top of them. The route itself was pretty non descript...up and then a long very gradual down (gradual enough that peddling was needed and of course there was the obligatory ups in the downs too. What made it much more interesting and bearable than the last few long days was the hills and then the mountains beyond. I could watch mountains for hours so they provide great distractions.
The main motivation if the day though was not the mountains..I was happy just pooling along in the valleys below them rather than in them. But more the thought of the nice swimming pool at the end. The place I am at now, the olive tree, is just outside the very small village of La Zarca heading towards Murcia. It's a lovely little place that the owner has only recently finished doing up and be open for business (2nd year I think). The owner is English which is quite handy as actually today I am the only one staying here. The whole site to myself! So a quick dip in the pool and a drink from the honesty bar..and a very relaxed me.
Thankfully today was the last in this run of long days in the saddle, with tomorrow a wee spin down hill to Murcia. It will be nice to be in a city again. It's been a while and I need to stock up on a few things..shampoo and razors for one..left them at the hotel a few nights back :'( . Down side is Murcia is one of the hottest places in the country. Most important though..I might actually get a lie in tomorrow!!