We started out early again, with a fairly easy exit out of the main town of Toledo. A few tricky motorways to navigate around. We skipped some narrow tricky sections along the river and rejoined the track further out of town.
Soon enough we climbed high out of Toledo with some great views back to the city, still pretty dark at this stage.
The positive is the scenery was amazing, We passed some huge farm estates not too far our of Toledo
We pass through Maquena a tiny village, and the arrive in Escalona a imposing old town with parts of the medieval walls and gates intact. Which meant a steep climb for us up into the town.
Arriving in the main square we can hear booming music playing out. We had already seen some sort of convoy of motorbikes but they this time had a Hummer with them towing giant speakers which they were playing music through.
We arrived in Almorox hot but the climbing wasn't too bad. We sat down for a which lunch (boccadillo with Jamon, chees and tomato) and a beer.
We felt good, and knew tomorrow would be really hard if we couldn't get the next 20k done today.
So we decided to push on.
The next 5k was ok, although slow going in the heat. Out in the sun it must have been getting close to 40degrees today. It was 38degrees in Toledo.
The tracks were slow going with lots of loose sandy climbs, followed by loose rocky descents with ruts.
Then it got steeper, looking at the map we has hardly covered any distance and we had already been going for close to 2hrs. We had covered less than 10k.
So far we had only ever done 2.5hrs at the most for one stage. And in this heat we were gong through water fast. About 2.5hrs in we were hardly moving. We would ride from the shade of one tree to the next. Looking at the map we had a long way to go. And we had next to no water left.
Now we arrived at the steepest section on the profile. Looking at the map and the fresh earth, it looked to be rerouted, the trail sent us down a firebrake, which must have been close to 45degrees in gradient. Luckily there was a detour down a fireroad which we could take. Joining back up at the bottom I wished I had risked the descent now looking up at a 30% climb straight up the face of the hill!
|Photos don't do these hills justice|
Thinking it would never end we finally climbed for about 2k straight around every corner another ramp.
Finally we looked to flatten out, an the in the distance our destination.
After a quick descent we were right on the edge of town, and happened upon a water fountain we could cool off under.
All up 11hours on the trail today to ride 95km.
|Cooling off under a bridge|
Rishi powered up the hills again all day long, the only thing stopping her was the brutal heat!
The longest distance Rishi has ever covered, and hopefully the longest we will do on this trip. Getting the last leg in means we will only have to do around 60k tomorrow. Which is almost a rest day??