Thursday 19 May … Benicassim to Puerto de Sagunto

I’m getting my shoes wet ….

Leaving Benicassim along the beaches, we pass a golf course hotel on our right then and see an arena on the left … it appears that the disused arena has been converted into a hotel … I found that impressive.  

Heading inland towards Castello de la Plana. An attractive city … a cathedral and octagonal bell tower stands in the square.  As always further on there were some very shady gardens.  The Spanish never cease to amaze … a lot of emphasis on gardens in this warm climate. 

Back towards the coast … my route took us towards the city centre of Borriana however I chose to go directly to the coast …WRONG!!! This way was very uninspiring we could not get close to the coast … where were the paved promenades that we are used to? 

Back on route through the green way was agricultural areas much more exciting than the coastal route.  However in front of us a possible leak in the irrigation and we were riding through water.

Only a few kms to our accommodation and onto the beach path … the paving became more colourful and inviting, a beach promenade, beachside cafes and the beach was quite popular.  That’s more like it!

The highlight of the day was meeting up with Ivan, who we had briefly met in Japan 3 years ago.  Ivan, from England has been travelling since then, now coming up to 3.5 years and he’s still bike touring.  He’s been to places far and wide through Covid times in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and more, now set homeward bound.

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