We started high up in the mountains, and after a lot of the trail followed the road yesterday we were keen to get back on the proper offroad trails.
Knowing that we started with a descent, we were unsure how rideable it was going to be.
Straight out of town we headed down into the farmland, which must be mainly cows as we could smell the shit literally! It was so moist that they had laid a strip of granite slabs down the centre of the path to avoid the slop. Riding down this in the dawn light was interesting to say the least. We managed to avoid falling in the adjacent poo, all the way to the bottom.
Once down in the fields, the trees opened up, and the rolling hills started.
Finally it started to smooth out, but it only got steeper. And we started to gain back some of the early descending.
Eventually we made it back to the road, to find yet more climbing.
Following the trail, we started to ascend a very loose dust track which looked like sand but was much lighter through all over the place.
Then the descent finally started.
5k of the most fun I have probably ever had. We bombed down 300 vertical metres on this loose dusty double track. With dust flying all over the place Rishi had to back off a few hindered metres just able to see anything.
Rishi and her dust trail
Still shaking out the arm pump from the last desecent, we had another 400vm to descend, this time on the road.
With only 60k done, we are ready for lunch. By pure luck, we stumble into an average looking Taberna. They have a set menu, which has one option, soup & a mixed plate. And it was delicious and light, just what we needed. Ready to go the waitress brings out two giant frozen icecream desserts. Not sure if it will go down well we wolf it down.
Already done our riding to the schedule we are keen to push on and get ahead of schedule to minimise the riding ahead.
With climbing on the schedule, we have never trusted the profiles. But this one we found was fairly brutal, 350+vm over 5.5k almost 7% average gradient! At least this one was in and out of the shade.
After last nights luxury in the spa hotel, we are back to reality in an Albergue, which is actually quite nice.
We have spent a fun evening with 4 walking pilgrims, and two other spanish cycling pilgrims, sharing stories with various people translating between spanish, english & german.
The spainard cyclists are planning the same stop tomorrow night as us as well, so apparently a Australia vs Spain race is on.
With only two days left we have left a manageable amount of riding to finish, we are just hoping that the forecast heavy rain for Sunday stays away.