8th June 2013

I have had a day off in Lleida yesterday, and spent it writing my book and doing maintenance on the bike. I bought 2 new tyres which will give better grip off-road than the rubbish ones I have now. I fixed 2 slow punctures I found in my back tyre, caused because the current tyres are so rubbish. I serviced the cassette (cogs on back), fixed a problem with my seat and fitted new grips and a water bottle holder. The back-pack is making me even hotter as I ride so I will put it in the trailer and use the water bottle instead of the camel back.

I had a lovely ride today; a simple 80km from Lleida to Cellers on my way to the Pyrenees.It was kept simple by me taking no short cuts (like too Lleida) and sticking tot he main road. Mind you, it was quiet enough for me to take off my helmet. I saw some interesting sights along the way, including these storks who have taken over an telecoms mast.

I also came across a patch of roads where there were thousands of snails trying to cross the road. Unsurprisingly none of them made it, and I wonder why evolution hasn’t stamped out such madness already. Here’s one who isn’t dead yet:

I also bumped into another traveller: Roger from Switzerland is travelling for a year around Europe with his family in a campervan. You can check out his blog and use Google to translate it.

I did actually enter the mountains today, albeit in the foothills, but even they are spectacular. Here they are as I approach:

Have a look at this gorge

1000m up

I made it to my hotel in good time, and have spent the evening working hard to get my blog up to date. Here is my workstation, complete with the most carefully prepared G&T I have ever seen:

Life is hard.

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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