Picture of the Week

29 August 2020

Week 34: back home, the beach, the mountains, Vía Verde

Filed under: — Administrator @ 16:22

After the trip to Galicia the previous week, this was another week of working from home, cycling and enjoying the summer.

34_1
I am not a big beach person (I dislike sand and I am not into bathing either), but from time to time I accompany my wife there. We walk down with our chairs, and in my case a book and a cooler with a couple of beers. And of course the camera. This the beach from my vantage point on Sunday afternoon:
1160394

34_2
There are fewer African vendors on the beach this year, not surprising given that there are fewer people on the beach, and in particular far fewer foreigners:
1160396

34_3
This guy showed interest in the stuff on offer, but I don’t think a transaction was done. I felt sorry for the African vendor–it is a hard life, and this year even harder than usual:
1160395

34_4
Here is a nicer aspect of the beach. Our particular beach is adapted for wheelchair users. There is a wooden walkway from the promenade almost to the water’s edge, ending in a large platform with shade for those who just want to remain in their wheelchair. But this lady wanted to get in the water, so the relatives accompanying her put a plastic chair in the water and helped her sit down, so that she too could enjoy the warm water of the Mediterranean:
1160410

34_5
Back to cycling. One of the prettiest roads around here, from the town of Aigües (16 km from home) to Relleu (another 15 km or so):
1160400

34_6
A closer view from the same spot, about 450 meters above sea level. In the foreground on the right is Aigües. The built-up peninsula on the left is the northern part of Alicante, Playa San Juan; on the right is the city of Alicante (part of it). And in the far distance, across the bay, are the beach communities south of Alicante:
1160401

34_7
A midweek ride, thus early in the morning to be at my desk by 9:30. Being on the beach road early has its rewards:
1160411

34_8
1160414

34_9
On weekdays I usually just ride to Aigües, 16 km away (and up) and back, a ride of about 1 1/2 hour. Most days, I don’t take any breaks–I just turn around in Aigües and start the descent. But sometimes I stop briefly on the main square, Plaza de la Iglesia. Sometimes I am being watched when I do that:
1160416

34_10
On the street leading to the square, a display on a balcony, urging people to use the facemask. Actually, most do (and it is required, even outside) but sometimes people get sloppy. I guess this is what motivates this display:
1160415

34_11
One day I took my Leica M8 out for a spin. It is totally ancient by digital camera standards, having been launched in 2006 (mine is from 2008). But it is an excellent camera for taking infrared pictures with the same filters I used for IR photography in film days. This is the beach just outside El Campello:
L1014312

34_12
View from the old Valencia road, between Alicante and Villajoyosa. The small bridge is for the light railroad connecting Alicante with Benidorm:
L1014321

34_13
Our house:
L1014334

34_14
The rest of the pictures are from an off-road ride on the Vía Verde. This is the path to get to the trail, with a vineyard in the distance:
1160422

34_15
I never get tired of looking at the vines. These are table grapes, so they are getting lots of irrigation so that they become big and juicy (you would not do this with wine grapes, which need to suffer a bit of drought to yield a more concentrated wine):
1160418

34_16
The start of the Vía Verde is the old train station in Agost, no longer in use (although it is possible to get the local train from Alicante to Albecete to stop there by prior request–and only to get off, it is not possible to board the train there):
1160423

34_17
The Vía Verde is 22 km long, so this just about midway, and the prettiest part of the ride:
1160424

34_18
I had some nice light on this particular ride:
1160425

34_19
Besides grapes, almonds are a major crop in this area:
1160426

34_20
And it is harvest time:
1160428

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Powered by WordPress