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Maseta Central Plateau

Stage 9: Alcuéscar -> Fuentes de Cantos 114 km Fortunately, bar/cafe opened at 6:00 so a couple of ‘cafe con leche’s’ able to be thrown...

No Room at the Alburgue

Stage 8 Plasencia -> Alcuéscar 130 km Departed hotel early enough, then stopped within 50 m in the Plaza Mayor to have cafe con leche and...

Descents and Vistas

Stage 7: Béjar -> Plasencia 57 km Cool morning out of Béjar which seems to be a (relatively) alpine destination for this part of Spain....

Morning Fog

Stage 6: Salamanca to Béjar- 82 km Only 7° upon wakening too early at 06:45; breakfast not open until 08:00. Started off ok in clear...

I miss my Brooks saddle!

Stage 5: Valladolid -> Salamanca: 120 km Up and away in reasonable time; usual mingling with city rush hour traffic before getting on...

Ruta Castillo

Stage 4: Paredes de Nava -> Valladolid ... 77 km in 4 hours riding time Skimpy breakfast at the Pension Sofia ... how do those men...

Camino de Santiago

Stage 3: Burgos -> Parades de Nava: 101 km Day started with a bit of a lay-in until David unkindly woke me; an excellent breakfast...

Headwinds

Stage 2 Vitoria-Gasteiz -> Burgos: 135 km Managed to get up, 3 yogurts with an apple and truly ‘unique-tasting’ vending machine coffee;...

Push Bike

Stage 1: Hendaye -> Vitoria-Gasteiz: 140 km Jet lag really is a nuisance, wide awake at 04:00; of course then slept in, and in the end...

Prologue

So woke on Sunday to not quite pelting but definitely emphatic rain in Paris. Given basic cores already achieved of bike being...

Progress...

TDA continues to put out regular bulletins, both daunting and inspiring at the same time. Training continues with the benefit of a pretty...