We have properly settled in and are getting to know our way round including the short cut to the beach for instance. Sunday we cycled almost to Alicante, following the coast road and as it was completely flat then it was thoroughly enjoyed by both of us. There was a marathon going on which was also following the coast and it wasn’t long before we received the first telling off from a policeman manning the route. Obviously we hadn’t chosen the best day or the best way to go. We carried on anyway and cycled on the pavement most of the way. Near Alicante we came across a tented area with scores of the most beautiful motorbikes all lined up for people to view. There were lots of stalls selling all sorts of motorbike regalia with a big marquee with food for sale and a stage with a singer blaring out suitable heavy metal music. We caused much amusement because we took our bicycles and put them on their stands in a space between two of the fabulous Harley-Davidsons. All I wanted was a photograph. First, 3 ladies stopped to study our bikes and we ended up with quite a crowd all laughing and some people were taking photos as well. After a sandwich on the beach we cycled on but beause we had followed the coast we still had a way to go to Alicante so we headed back hoping the officers we had met on the way in were now back in their headquarters.
The young Enlish chap that had taken us to Carrefoure shopping was changing pitches which meant he had to move his caravan and set up his awning again. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of putting up an awning will know that it can be the cause of the most harmonious husband and wife to be at loggerheads with one another. I offered to give him a hand not realising just how bad he suffered an Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder. Elaine was greatly entertained, as she listened to the two of us. Me, just wanting to get on with it and him wanting to stop and plan out every step of the process. The difficulty was the ground was not level so his need for precise uniformity in the costruction was in my mind , impractical. In the end he threw up his hands and said you do it. When his awning was up, he kept calling me a genius but that I had to explain how I had done it, the next day.
We took the train yesterday ( 10th November ) to Alicante. One euro 45 cents each took us there and the first thing that impressed us was the beautiful walkways heading down to the harbour full of hundreds and hundreds of boats and yachts many of them millions of pounds worth. Another very wide tree lined walkway all along the front lead out to the packed beach of beautiful sand and there were many people swimming in the sea. There was nothing that made you think that it reminded you of Blackpool. Probably the best comparison would be with Bournemouth. As everywhere, beggars could be seen around the streets so here again you had the poverty and the riches of the massive luxury boat owners. This is a large city and the sky line is dominated by the hills around and the impressive looking castle up there, overlooking the city. We went back by bus, this time, for the same fare. We have a lot more to see in Alicante so we shall be going back soon.
It is Tuesday today and we are now into our 11th week of this adventure. We have met and are still meeting people of many nationalities and we are very privileged to be able to spend the time investigating all the places we go to. I think it is also quite interesting to live a life without television. How much further would mankind have advanced without such a massive distraction. I did try to think of something funny to say to finish these very heavy thoughts but my mind wandered onto all the good stuff we are missing.
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