So sleep and lay in obviously failed but the slow morning did at least work. Helped by the fact that it was beautifully cloudy and cool(er). I took a slow breakie and indulged in two coffees and then got my stuff together and headed out.
Thoughts for the route were to head back the C12 to Amposta and then along the coast. But again this nigging feeling made me think oh let's just go randomly go with the garmin..not checking where the garmin would actually take me...aside from up a 10%er when I turned off the main road to follow it. When I did find some common sense to check where it was going..to say I swore a little was any understatement as it seemed to want to take me the whole way round a sierra rather than nicely under it. Thank god for the Michelin map which told me just to follow the road I was on and all would be hunky dory. To be fair though it was a more interesting ride than along the coast which I had done mostly yesterday. And my road joined back to the coast a little further down anyway in Vinaros.
Unfortunately being on the coast meant being on the main road...a horrible road with lorry after lorry. But I wasn't on it for long turning off and finishing the ride on the beach promenade. And boy what a beach! About 8 kms worth of beautiful yellow sand and blue sees. Being so long while it was busy it didn't feel horrendously so.
And so I arrived along the beach to Peniscola and to my surprise its impressive castle. Which as my friendie later informed me is none other than the castle from the el cid movie! Funniest thing about it is that on closer inspection of the castle you see holes and wear on the walls..but apparently only some was authentic, the rest being actually from the filming of the movie. So there you go!