Today’s ride is sponsored by The Station hotel, Birstwith

L’Ampolla – Benicasim

Today was a good start to the day. Everyone was up bright and early and feeling fine. The boys got off without any issues which is a great bonus. We girls got the chores out of the way getting packed up and 2 loads of washing done before having a go at being tourists again and heading for a walk along the sea front of L’Ampolla. It’s a beautiful place and one we all said we would love to return to. Unfortunately, despite the camp being busy, there was a great shortage of open coffee houses this morning so we headed back to begin our 71 mile drive to Castellon.

The boys had a great ride this morning – no wind and beautiful scenery on good roads getting 40 miles done relatively easily (ha!!) before lunch.  After lunch they cycled through Sierra de irta which was a stunning coastal path through the National Park. Unfortunately, it was a rough ride for the boys on their road bikes resulting in Paul “throwing his teddies out”. One rough track too many! The remainder of the ride was up and down with a steep climb to test the legs at 75 miles.

The boys arrived back to camp to find we’d had a productive day and the van was all clean again with shopping done and clean clothes for all. As we were getting ready for tea the weather was still lovely and hot. The boys decided to venture into the pool. I think Paul was in for 3.5 minutes and the boys not much longer. I’m sure Dave’s chin was starting to chatter! The days are lovely and hot but it is October so not hot enough to warm the pools!

It’s a very sedate evening tonight. The boys have a really tough day tomorrow – 118 miles with 11,000 feet of climbing. It’s set to be hot again too. The plan is for an early night so they can get away by 8am at the latest taking supplies with them as it’s going to be a long day for them all. Hopefully, it will be a good day with no problems and they can arrive at camp with the day ticked off.
Whatever your day consists of tomorrow please take a moment to think of them. Tomorrow is one of those days where they will need to really dig deep and the reason the boys are doing this ride will be more in their thoughts than ever. It’s one of those days that your comments and good wishes will be seriously needed so if you can, let them know you’re thinking of them. It will mean more than you realise!

– Kathleen xx