Cycle Touring Spain Sunday 31st May. Villaviciosa to Santander. 108 miles.

Another long day but at least I’m in Santander ready for my ferry tomorrow. Don’t know why I was so determined to get here today because my ferry doesn’t leave until tomorrow afternoon but I’d just got it into my head that I had to be here today! At about 6 o’clock tonight I’d decided that I wouldn’t make it to Santander or rather I would but it would be a bit late, so I decided that I would stop at a campsite for the night and then cycle the thirty or so miles to Santander in the morning. According to my map there was loads of campsites along the coast road, now I know that my map hasn’t been that accurate so far but seeing as it showed quite a few campsites I was sure that there would be at least one that existed! I was happy enough bowling along not really taking that much notice of the roads as I was just following the signs for Santander when I was flying down yet another huge hill when I suddenly thought I was on the wrong road as I could see the motorway in the distance and on my road there was no way that I should have been able to see it, I quickly slammed the brakes on and stopped! I looked at the map and sure enough I was on the wrong road I should have turned left at the top of this hill! Balls I thought, well there was no way that I was going to go back up the hill I’ll just have to continue on this road which was the main road to Santander anyway it was just that it didn’t show any campsites this way whereas the route I wanted to take along the coast there was! There was nothing else I could do apart from continue on this road and get to the campsite in Santander, but if I saw one on the way I would stop there or maybe a hotel. Well I didn’t pass any campsites I did however pass a couple of hotels but they were closed, so on I pushed to Santander. It was dark by the time I arrived in Santander and I still had to find the campsite which was at the opposite side of town! Realising that I might not get to the campsite until nearly midnight I thought a hotel might be a better idea. Even if I could get into the campsite a lot of them don’t let you shower between midnight and six in the morning they turn the lights and hot water off and I really needed a shower! I eventually checked into a hotel at just gone eleven o’clock, no restaurant open but at least a bed and nice hot shower! Photo; San Antolin beach.
San Antolin beach.

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