decided to head for the fortified town/village of Alarcon, knowing there was a parador there which usually means a town big enough to support either hotel, hostal or posada, which there was but we were unable to find any accommodation which was open so it was a short ride on to Montilla del Palancar. Loads of hotels which one do we pick? First time lucky. Good room, very nice man, excellent food and wine at reasonable cost. Still on budget! On to Valencia, which is the third largest city in Spain. Didn't know that until we got there. Eventually found our way to a seafront hotel for 2 nights. Met some English motorcyclists to spend an evening with. Valencia old city is not everyone's choice but we both thought well worth the effort. 3 days later it was time to start thinking about WHICH WAY HOME? Heading inland all by minor roads via Castello-de-Plana – Alcaniz – Lleida (overnight here) – expensive hotel but found a genuine Italian restaurant so all was well with the treasurer.
Moving on each day now so one more night in Spain at the old town of Olot allowed us 2 nights in France to reach Calais. Maureen remembered the location of the hotel (La Perla) we had stayed in previously at Olot and with The SAM Observer February 2011
The February 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"