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a spin down to the Med...

sunny

distance:85km
Total ascent: 999m
Time in the saddle: 3hrs 37
Terrain: undulating
Weather: hot (I think that this might be a running theme from here on in)

So apparently me plus two very small local ciders = a hangover in the morning. I am going to blame dehydration and the weather..its so muggy you can't so anything without sweating a bucket load. Even taking a shower and you are just sweating again straight afteer Ah well it was good to try anyway. But the headache and the storms on my phones home screen were perhaps not the best thing to wake up to in the morning.

Having learnt from experience I ignored the storm warning, which would only be due in the afternoon anyway (and never came) and headed out first thing towards the coast. When looking towards the see from the castle yesterday the land was as flat as a pancake. So obviously not the direction I would be taking. Oh no..I would be heading up the N260 over the hills towards France and my old haunts of Portbou and the poorly named Colera. I didn't actually go that far, though it was tempting turning instead at Llanca and following the road south from there over some 'undulations' by the water. It was a fantastic coastal road with beautiful views and picturesque harbour towns, then inland up a long drag and down to Cadaques for a much needed drink and yogurt ice cream (with blueberries and raspberries!).

Though I had set of before 8am the temperature quickly rose and by half 9 of was over 30. It was a proper trial by fire for cycling in the heat. However it wasn't too bad..the coastal breeze was cooling and of course I was going sooooooo fast that I created my own.

From Cadaques it was over another hill to Roses, which I passed by in the end instead of going to take a look. It was half 10 ish and the tourists seemed to have woken up and were headed to the coast, signalling my time to head back inland.

Back in Figueres it was resting and pottering and ironing out the route for tomorrow - I have come up with so many possible routes in the last few day but now I know what to expect its easier to choose the better option.

Posted by louisebenn 10:10 Archived in Spain

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