On 10th April I had the pleasure of providing a guided biking trip for a family group who were holidaying in Spain. The group comprised 4 adults and 2 children, both aged 10. Although some members had mountain biking experience, others didn´t so we opted to do a trip around the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia. Although the route was 34km in length, it was flat with no technical terrain.
Each member of the group hired a mountain bike from us, and after some last minute checks, we began the ride. To make the day more interesting for the children, one was given the task of navigating on the outward journey whilst the other did the same for the return. We also made various stops during which I provided further information on the wildlife and habitats of the Natural Park.
Both children did superbly well, not only with the biking (which was quite hard work at times owing to a strong wind) but in successfully navigating the route, and by pointing out the various species of herons and egrets that are ever present at Albufera.
After a coffee stop in an old Valencian farming and fishing village, we visited one of the original fishermen´s houses before setting off back. The wind was proving to be a little challenging but once we´d turned for home it was on our backs so added extra momentum as we coasted the final few kms.
It had been a pleasure to spend the day with such a nice family and two very polite and enthusiastic children.