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one month in!


one month in stats.
distance: 1,267miles/ 2,039km
Elevation: 83,068 ft/ 25,319meters
Hours in the saddle: 93hrs 30min
Days on the bike: 21

Additional random thoughts/observations from the last month that I forgot to include before...
- Spanish men love whistling to themselves. Almost to the extent that if I don't hear whistling, I wonder what is going on.
- They certainly know how to do hot chocolate here. Any drink that you can drink/eat with a spoon is up there in my books.
- ingenuity..if you have road works but run out of money for traffic lights, what do you do? Buy a couple of store manquins, dress them in hiviz gear and give them a red flag to hold. If finances still available, buy a motor so that the manquin can wave the said flag at on coming traffic. Job done.
- wherever you are, no matter how far in the middle of nowhere, or miles from civilisation, there will always be an old man or two walking along the road...always.
- what makes a Puerto a Puerto? I thought that it was to peak of the road on a range, but there have been Puerto signs after a dip and other times when you'd think it was a Puerto but no...
- what makes a mountain a mountain, and when is it a big hill? When am I climbing hills and when mountains? According to Mr Google, this is not a straight forward matter. In the UK the official term is something like if it is over 600m. Wiki states that:
'A mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism. '
But that there is no universally accepted definition of a mountain.
The UN Environmental Programme's definition of "mountainous environment" includes any of the following:
Elevation of at least 2,500 m (8,200 ft);
Elevation of at least 1,500 m (4,900 ft), with a slope greater than 2 degrees;
Elevation of at least 1,000 m (3,300 ft), with a slope greater than 5 degrees;
Elevation of at least 300 m (980 ft), with a 300 m (980 ft) elevation range within 7 km (4.3 mi).
All very complicated so I kinda gave up working it all out..my definition is now..if it's in a Sierra it's a mountain. Nuff said.
- castles (alcazars), cathedrals, bridges and bullrings are a sight I will never tire of seeing in every stop and even en route. Though they are the same in definition, each are individually shaped by the city/towns history and culture, and so have their own charm and qualities.
- being in two minds about tan lines..love having a tan, hate the lines..cycling lines are not very compatable with off bike clothing ie sock lines, cycling short lines lower than my shorts, and don't get me started on arm lines!
- there is no better sight than a snow capped mountain.

Here's to the next month!

Posted by louisebenn 02:55 Archived in Spain

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