So far it’s been a good one, with great weather, interesting places and friendly people. What more could one ask for.
Left Palma early on Friday, via Ibiza to Denia. It took all day and I used the last of the light to walk up a hill outside Denia and find a campsite.
Saturday saw me walking to Calp, arriving a bit late and getting a room in the cheapest hotel I could find.
Rather than walk along the busy road to Benidorm, I set off on a roundabout route the next morning, trusting Google maps to help me find the way along some smaller roads. Which might not have been a great idea…
Then I found some climbers and wasted time watching them cheat their way up a small cliff.
Sheila found me again on her way back down the mountain, sitting and enjoying a very nice three course meal in a restaurant filled with German and Dutch people, with the odd English and Spanish couple thrown in. She had checked the route with some locals and everyone agreed that it was going to be impossible to complete with the Mule. It was essentially a very rough mountain pass, a walking trail. Not wanting to turn around, I was going to have to take a much longer, circular route, adding lots of kilometers.
But I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s both beautiful and interesting. Just shows how important it is to travel slowly and really get a feel for an area, rather than blasting through it in a car and missing everything!
I was lucky to have a goal for the day, Sheila had contacted some friends, Vivian and Roger, and they had very kindly offered to put me up for the night.
Spent a nice evening talking with Vivian and Roger, and set off back towards the coast the next morning.
I’m now in Benidorm, about to try to find something to eat and then get some rest. What could have been a short 20km walk from Calp, turned into a 80km, three day struggle, up and down mountains and along some rough tracks.
But so worth it!