Our Blog
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Lunch Again

Posted by greatgraperide at 12:58 AM BST

Posted by greatgraperide at 12:57 AM BST
Lawrie relaxing at the end of the trip

Posted by greatgraperide at 12:56 AM BST
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Our one and only Paella at Gandia

Posted by greatgraperide at 11:37 PM BST
The last lunch on the road

Posted by greatgraperide at 11:32 PM BST
Destino Final

Posted by greatgraperide at 11:27 PM BST
The Fox Oasis

Posted by greatgraperide at 11:14 PM BST
Day 28 - Benitachell : Simon and Stella's Spanish Oasis
Benitachell : Simon and Stella's Spanish Oasis
Kms 60
Vertical metres 670
Medicals nil
Misadventures nil
Mechanicals Sally and Lawrie both dropped their chains
Cup Awarded to Stella for her warm and generous welcome

Easily found the cycle way out of Gandia and made our way to Oliva and had a brief breakfast stop before heading to Pego . Met Simon and Stella's friends Jane and Fred for coffee. They had seen us off from Walton Bridge at the start and were starting on their trip back to the UK after some time touring ( by car ) in France and Spain. Some hills to Alcalali for our last meal on the road....sangria, calamari, sepia and "little fish" .
So much for Simon's downhill after lunch, little inclines in a car translated to 240 metres vertically to his house . Every pedal was worth it though...Benitachell is a pretty town and SImon and Stella's place is a real oasis, beautiful pool, garden, views and a Spanish house that embraces the climate and lifestyle.
Met by Stella and the local press complete with Photo session and interviews then it was cold drinks and into the pool.
Stella had done us proud with a delicious cake .
It is too soon to rush into print with our reflections on the trip....it has been a great adventure and challenge , all the better for having been shared with old and new friends.
Thanks to all of you who have followed and supported us ...and a special thank you to Amy Fox ( Happy Birthday Amy),who from London has loaded our photos and words onto the blog for us .

Also many thanks to everyone that has generously donated to our charities in support of Prostate Cancer in NZ(we have currently raised over $12,000) and Alzheimer's UK (Simon has raised over 1900 pounds) and if you haven't yet and would still like to, its easy just go to;

Posted by greatgraperide at 11:05 PM BST
Monday, 16 September 2013
The Great Grape Riders make it

Posted by greatgraperide at 9:39 AM BST
Costa Blanca landscape beyond the playa

Posted by greatgraperide at 9:38 AM BST

Newer | Latest | Older

« February 2023 »
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28
You are not logged in. Log in
Entries by Topic
All topics  «
In the begining