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Not being a big fan of beach holidays (or sitting by the pool holidays), I planned to take my road bike with us for our week in Southern Spain. Once I realised that Ryanair charge 50 quid EACH WAY for a bike, I looked into other options. Luckily I was able to hire a carbon road bike from Murcia Bike Hire for a few days – it was cheaper than taking mine over, I wouldn’t have to worry about baggage handlers trashing it and we wouldn’t have any problems transporting a massive bike bag through the airport and into a small hire car…
After a couple of days of lounging around and getting a tan, I got bored but the bike arrived in the nick of time and I got the map out. Heading inland, I soon found the hills and wiggly roads. A welcome change to the pathetic British summer of 2012, the weather was dry and even at 7 in the morning, it was lovely and warm. The roads weren’t covered in massive holes either. As I got used to the local geography, each day I’d ride a bit further until I finally put in a mini-epic and climbed some of the mountains I could see on the horizon from the apartment balcony.
After a few hours on the bike, the heat started to become a bit much so I headed back to the apartment and resumed my position on the sun lounger/in the swimming pool. This routine lasted for a few days then the bike went back, which was a sad moment.
For the first time ever, We holidayed in Spain and I came back leaner and perhaps a little bit fitter. Riding somewhere new and exciting has worked wonders for my rain-depleted enthusiasm and also my cyclist tanlines
Many thanks to Andy from Murcia Bike Hire for dropping off and picking up the bike for free and for being understanding and flexible after I cocked up the dates on the booking