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I left my Garmin upstairs but rough stats for today are:
Distance: 130km
Hours: 5 and a half?
Total ascent: meh...500m

so another long day planned,another early start. Again too early for breakie but I had gone to the supermarket and the hotel was nice enough to get up early and get me some coffee (!).

The start if the ride was back along the last 10km of yesterday. Boy what a difference today! Against the wind and sun it felt horrendous and those ten k dragged. Today with the sunrise and cool and even a tailwind it was most civilised. Most of the route today was flatish with a slight incline, and that breeze followed me too so it was quite good going. Little bit of excitement when one road was well like going off road but that didn't last too long.

Unfortunately that was pretty much all the excitement as flat routes just don't really do it for me. Distractions needed. Virtual partner on for pacing. Songs sang. New songs made up ('i've got a bottle of chocolate milk so everything is alright in the world' was the title of one). games played. I spent far too long playing the 'game' of watching the grass by the side if the road to see what way the wind was blowing. Oh what fun!

Again the last 15 or so k was the hardest. And again I had doubts whether coming to Alarcon was worth it, and had even searched for other accomo but there was none in the right kind of area. It's a tiny little place..only 120 inhabitants. But you come round the corner from the main road and first you see a watch tower then behind it a very solid castle and it's walls around a village. The road curves around and you go through an arch by the watchtower (there are two more towers at other sides of the castle), then over a rock bridge toward the village. This is the only access point. The village sits on a hill where all sides except the one have been carved out into a gorge by the river. Over the bridge is another arch and then the road winds around into the actual village. It's all quite impressive for such a small place.

Gonna miss breakie again tomorrow so due to a lack of any shops here I am hoarding food whenever I can find it.

Posted by louisebenn 10:13

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