21st June 2013

Today was  very muddy day. It has been raining here for 3 days and today’s route took me through some excellent single-track down hill that had been turned into steep mudslides. The first muddy descent was to Anso along the ER11. It was tricky, slippy and included some up-hill (outrageous). I arrived in Anso covered in mud but was welcomed at a bar there (am waiting web address from owner, but if  I don’t get it it’s the first one on the right as you go south on Calle Major).  The tarts were great (food, not girls) and the interior was spectacular…check out the skulls: 

After Anso the route takes me through a gorge; yes sorry another one. Are you, my readers, also suffering from gorge fatigue as am I? There are only so many gorgeous gorges one can go through before one become phlegmatic.  Anyway here’s a pic looking back at it. More in the video diary.

Just after here I passed a huge political boundary – I moved from Argon into Navarra. There were bands playing and dancing girls to celebrate my arrival, but I was so overwhelmed I forgot to get the camera out. All I have is this picture of the boundary: 

From here I had another mad muddy down-hill. It was SO muddy and SO steep that the bike could not control the trailer. It was fun but dirty. When the route went into a gorge east of Isaba I decided discretion was the better part of valor and forded a stream to get back onto the tarmac. Without a trailer it would be great, and without mud it would be great. But the two together was a bad mix, and DON’T try this west to east; you’d have horrible uphill and wasted downhill on tarmac.

Finally I make it to Isaba, covered in mud – sorry Luke but the nice jersey you had made for me is a wipe-out.

I stayed overnight at the Onki Xin hotel, where the very kind Raquel washed and dried my clothes for me! It’s a great little hotel with very fast wifi.

See the video for full coverage on youtube.

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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