Saturday 28 May … Alicante to Murcia by train

I really want to ride it was flat …

We had the city streets to ourselves this morning apart from some local joggers.  I expect there were lots sleeping in today after a wild Friday night.

We, on the other hand are on our way to Murcia by train  departing at 9.20am, we like to be early in case there is a problem with the bikes..  The original plan was to train a bit then ride from Elche 60km.  However we have to sort our bus travel to get to Granada so best to get there early?  I’m itching to get back on my bike.

We leave the coast behind and travel through rural land. It was an interesting morning for the train security guards, they had a wheelchair and 2 touring bikes.  

‘I think we have dodged a bullet, Johnny’, we arrived at Murcia bus station to be told we have to wrap our bikes for the 10am departure tomorrow; plastic, cardboard as long as they are wrapped.  John getting a slightly agitated … I say,

‘yes that’s fine, do we have to get the tickets now?’,

‘You can use the ticket machine, as we are closed tomorrow’, 

‘Can I buy the tickets now please’.

Okay John, we go Mercadona and buy some garbags … a short time later I buy 10 x 100ltr garbags and packing tape.  Easy fix I say!

Checking in to the hotel then off to the old town … what a wonderful town, it’s quite hot, long wide boulevards bordered with plane trees, cafes/bars with umbrellas … all part of the ambience and providing shade.  A striking feature is the flower gardens around prominent buildings. The river although a dirty colour looks clean and features an old bridge. It’s always nice to wander around the tall narrow alleys. The jacarandas are in full bloom.

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