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    Day 1.337 – Oh, Valencia! (UK)

    Gata de Gorgos -> Valencia
    Distance (km) : 103
    Time on bike : 5h 07m
    Brutto time: 08.10 – 15.00
    Avg : 20.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 38.0
    Total (km) : 59.279
    Altitude: 10 m
    Difficulty: 3

    Wake up, Sunday, wake up…

    Wake up, Sunday, wake up...

    It’s freezing cold this morning. 0 degrees Celsius. Ice flakes on my tent. Now that’s way too early, this is central eastern Spain, and I’m heading north into the northern European mid-winter. My extremities already started failing on my. Fingers very cold (in gloves).

    Too early for those icy flakes...

    Morning camp outside Gata de Gorgos.

    Breakfast of champions!

    Winter-sleepy Cullera village...

    Cullera Beach.

    Don’t let the palm trees above fool you. I had ice crystals on my agates this morning and the temperature at noon was a modest 15 degrees C.

    Looking back on Cullera...

    Just north of Cullera.

    Valencia's City of Arts and Science. Stunning!

    Valencia's City of Arts and Science. Stunning!

    Valencia's City of Arts and Science. Stunning!

    Valencia's Placa de Toros (bullring)...

    In Valencia I check into the fine Hôme Backpackers right in the thick of it. 13 euros for the dorm bed is 13 euros more than I normally pay for my wild camp accommodation, but it still feels like good value.

    Valencia by night...

    With my legs kicking like mad over the last weeks, I somehow know they won’t keep me here in Valencia for long, so in order to get the most out of my (supposedly scarce) time in the city, I head out at night, Canon-laden and excited, despite today’s cycling. Such a wonderful atmosphere, lots of people, apparently in no hurry, in Xmas-mode, Xmas decorations here and there, tapas bars, drinking dens, restaurants, a place where you could (I probably could too if I had ’em) spend a lot of merry money.

    Here we go:

    Valencia by night...

    Statue on Valencia's Plaza de la Virgen...

    Valencia's beautiful Plaza de la Virgen...

    Valencia's beautiful Plaza de la Virgen...

    Sunday mass in Valencia...

    The Basilica, reflected.

    Big door!

    December street in Valencia.

    Tune of the Day: O Valencia – The Decemberists

    Town Hall, Valencia.

    Town Hall, Valencia.

    Back at the hostel reception (11PM) I see a lot of fine, young girls from the hostel, all dressed up and ready to go out, and I don’t really get it until I notice a sign on the wall next to the elevator saying “Pub Crawl Every Night at 23.00”. I’d be damned!
    I’m extremely tired, can hardly keep my eyes open at this point, and though the clientele is very young (but not criminally so, the beast on my shoulder whispers), I feel very tempted to join the crowd. Hungry dogs eat cat food too.

    Fine Gothic building...

    What a day. Very long. Very beautiful. Very tired.

    (Can I copyright that last one, please?)

    On this day..


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