Distance: 124 km
Total ascent: 2156m
Hours in the saddle: 6 hrs
Terrain: undulating and a mountain..the usual!
Bad nights sleep again so very fuzzy brain today, it just wouldn't wake up. The powers that be decided to 'help out'. First up being torrential stinging rain. No? That didn't work? Getting lost in a city? No?? Ok how about the most sadistic mountain climb so far? (I think the average gradient was over 9%). Still no? Wow ok? How about ever changing weather so no matter what you are wearing it's wrong? Still no? Hmm how about we throw in another couple of climbs just for good luck. Still no???
And you know what did wake me near the end? A soggy squishy banana which led me to singing a series of eighties cartoon theme songs..bananaman, danger mouse, trap door, thunder cats (is it possible to sing that without at least mentally doing Liono's sword movements?) to name a few.
So needless to say most of the day was a blur and a very sweary and soggy blur at that. However saying that coming over the first major climb - Puerto de el Escudo - the view was of the impressively huge Embalse del Ebro. And past that, and over the next blip, the landscape changed massively. Its quite difficult to describe as I have never seen anything quite like it. On first glance it just looks like a normal plain covered in trees, then you look to the distance and there seems to be another higher plain that drops off dramatically at the end. And then you notice that your plain is not really a plain..The trees are hiding deep canyons, bored out by the Ebro, that weaves its way across the landscape. And then you drop down into the canyons and its like a whole other world. Its all very dramatic but in a subtle way as the trees mask the enormity of it all.
Home is Sedano tonight..I am the only person staying here it seems so a lot of personalised attention for me! Plus for the first time I have been given an electric heater..which quite weirdly I have on. It's currently drying out my cycling shoes for tomorrow, and helping to thaw me out, as I am still cold from the ride today
One more ride til a much much needed rest day...