23rd June 2013

Today is my last day of blogging for a while – I am taking a rest, as everything is knackered. I am knackered physically – my left knee hurts and my left eye has exploded – and the bike is knackered. Here is my eye:

As I said, the bike is also knackered, and has problems again with the freewheel, the cassette and the derailleur. So I will spend the next day or two repairing it then make my long way home via Pamplona, Bilbao and London.

Today has been a short and easy day as I finished yesterday quite close in Orbaizeta. I came over the hills through miles of deciduous forest, much like England but a lot more of it. See the video diary for shots. I don’t know if this will come through in Live, but in draft every Youtube Video is represented by a sill shot of me with the most ludicrous facial expression possible. I think Youtube have a special algorithm to select that image and post it as the start position.

Roncesvalles is not really a village – it is a large holding pen for pilgrims coming over the Pyrenees from St Jean Pied a Port on the Camino de Santiago Frances route. There are 4 hotels here and little else – but I have seen more people gathered together than I have since Valencia. Many people are just doing it for a holiday but there is a strong religious influence too. The local church is impressive considering it has no permanent congregation.

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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