Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cycle Touring Day 31

I must have fallen asleep sometime between 22:00 and 23:00 last night and didn't wake up at all during the night until 08:00. The first night of unbroken sleep I'd had and possibly the best night's sleep I've ever had in a tent. Not getting much sleep ahead of the crossing over must have taken it's toll. I continued to doze for most of the morning and didn't get up until 11:00. Once I was finally packed away it was 12:45 when I eventually left camp and just as I did so the morning cloud gave way to clear blue sky which remained for the rest of the day.

As I now have 17 days to myself instead of the expected 13, I really can afford to take my time. Today I rode at leisure, stopped when I wanted, where I wanted and for as long as I wanted. But with very little wind and not a climb insight today I covered just over 66km in a little over three and a half hours cycling. I had earmarked several campsites along the coast all at various intervals and set my sites on tonight's location about halfway into today's cycle.

Last night's campsite had not been a guidebook site and the facilities and price reflected that. This site, however, is much nicer but with a price which reflects it. Last night I paid €10.30 for a very basic site with a none too pleasant shower block and no hot water. Tonight's site is €16.00 for a basic plot but I paid and extra €6.00 for electricity hook up and another €5.00 for five hour's worth of wifi - a total of €27.00. I realise this is quite an extravagance and I won't be doing it every night but if you break it down it's not actually too bad.

In paying €16.00 for a site you are paying for the surroundings and the quality of the services. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool here, a bar, snack bar plus a pool table and games room (albeit all locked from 18:00 this evening. The washing, toilet and shower facilities are spotless and are just 9 seconds walk from where I have pitched my tent! What you are also paying for is safety and security. Admittedly nowhere is ever 100% safe but to be honest, I would much rather be here, paying that little bit extra, than in a forest by the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.

At the moment I am typing up the events of the past few days and editing my photos to upload to the blog once I connect the wifi. I am charging the laptop, the camera, the iPod, the iPhone and right now am listening to Pink Floyd, the Wish You Were Here album funnily enough, all whilst sitting in my tent in the cool evening sun. For the lifestyle it's giving me right now, that's gotta be worth €27.00 for the night surely?





"Too much f***ing perspective" as they say in Spinal Tap.

9 comments:

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed catching up on your' adventures. The photograph of the military graveyard made me sad though.

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    1. me too. i didn't want to add any captions as the pictures spoke for themselves really.

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  2. Nice to see but at the same time very sad. Just seeing the photos is sad. Being there in person must be very moving

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    1. i suppose it wasn't all in vain but still such a shame to see so many shortened lives laid out in front of you.

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  3. Nice blog, just found it the other day as I searched for reviews on the tricross sport.I seem to recall reading in your earlier posts that you wished to wild camp mostly. Have your views on wild camping changed?

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    1. Cheers. Views not really changed I just love having a hot shower at the end of each day. Plus the safety aspect of campsites is appreciated when I fancy heading into town to see a few sites etc. This trip is about both seeing and doing after all :)

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  4. Again I am in awe of your pictures, it feels like you are taking me with you, you write so well too, I see a book in all this one day xx

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