12th June 2013

Wow – I have just had the best and the worst day. I thought it was going to be shorter than yesterday, but it turned out to be longer (55km) and harder (over 2000m of ascent). 2 old war wounds in my left knee started to give me pain, and it was the hottest day yet. But I just took it really slowly with lots of rests and stops for photos and video…in all it was 5 hours of cycling and 4 hours of resting. I even had a doze in the sunshine at the top.

But what made it really worthwhile was the down-hill at the end – 1000m of descent over 20km, sometimes shallow but in places very steep, with every kind of surface. There was lots of lose gravel, some boulder fields, mud and a slate-like rock surface with the sharp grain pointing up at the tyres, threatening to give pinch-flats.

The views were as usual spectacular. Early on in the ride I came across a large vale high up, surrounded by hills; it was very lush and appropriately called Bonansa:

Further on I got amazing views of the Espadas to the north…this was what I could see while having a my lunch-time doze.

It was baking hot, and I used my water filter 3 times during the day to refill my water bottles – so I got through about 10 litres of water.

I spent so long on the trip that the sun was going down as I followed the Rio Esero gorge into Campo

But overall it was excellent, and I’ll give my leg a rest in Campo for a day.

You can get more info on the video diary as usual.

Published by jhalstead1

This is my blog of my trip around Spain, off road, on my mountain bike. The story is told in full in my book "Three Wheels on my Bicycle", available on Amazon in Kindle or hardback.

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