Spain

Sherpa Tenzing Help!

Posted by on 24, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 1 comment

Sherpa Tenzing Help!

Coffee stop on the uphill route.. Monastery at Samos Very appropriate…! Spectacular views Nearly there…. We made it! Siesta time in Pontaferra Pontaferra Castle We set off from Sarria in good spirits and on a decent gradient.  We climbed and as we slowly gained height began to notice the steady stream of cyclists hurtlying down the mountain passing us on bikes with no luggage….Uh oh. Sherpas here are extremely popular for walkers – and why not – lots of people walk with just a small back pack rather than Sir Edmund Hillary rucksack.  We were aware of...

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What have the Romans ever done for us…

Posted by on 17, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

What have the Romans ever done for us…

Arrival at the end of the Pilgrims route in Santiago de Compostela Pilgrims window in Cathedral Santiago City view Amazingly found a bar with Jonnys favourite tipple to celebrate our arrival Next stop Lugo… and as usual every time we stop someone comes over for a chat… No wonder our progress is so slow! Amazing Lugo Roman walls Lugo Lunch time Tapas Our route to Sarria was lined with hundreds of Stork nests And views of our mountains ahead… The first thing you notice about Santiago de Compostella is the number of people with rucksacks, the next thing you notice is the...

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Pilgrims progress

Posted by on 6, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Portugal, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 1 comment

Pilgrims progress

Leaving Porto Lots of these along the coast Mixed use walking/cycling path for lots of the route … And too many places to just sit and enjoy it Lovely towns for evening stops.. The path runs close to the sea most of the way And that’s farewell to Portugal as we’re nipped across to Spain… The hills begin… Some pretty seaside villages Hard going on the wet, sodden paths in the Spanish hills. Leaving Porto, our first 1km of cycling was virtually all down hill and a very steep hill at that, both brakes on full, until we joined the steady trail of Pilgrims en route...

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Pilgrims Progress

Posted by on 14, Jun 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Pilgrims Progress

The Camino De Santiago de Compostela is one of the most popular pilgrim routes in the Christian world. It starts all over Europe in various places and is marked by a yellow sea shell symbol. We’d cycled some of the southern Spain route northward toward Santiago de Compostela earlier in the trip, but at Burgos we joined the main route that starts near the French border and heads West. Naturally this puts the price of everything up and makes accommodation harder to find and makes everywhere much much busier. We were heading the wrong way along the route as we began our climb into the...

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Plain sailing

Posted by on 5, Jun 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Plain sailing

It’s very odd to be cycling in a relatively flat landscape surrounded by corn fields in bright sunshine yet be at around 800m. As you climbed up to the Plains (albeit in a taxi for some of it) you just don’t expect to get to somewhere flat at the top. It’s like a rolling Lincolnshire or the Canadian prairies with almost all the landscape being farm on top of the alps. It’s actually a bit dull, but it does mean when there’s a wind behind you you fly along – easily doing more than 20km each hour on some occasions, which for a fully loaded tandem isn’t...

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Slipping past the mountains…

Posted by on 23, May 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Slipping past the mountains…

We’ve been gradually climbing up to the Plains in Spain where apparently the Rain Mainly falls and reached 600m when disaster or a stroke of luck struck depending on how you look at it and Linda (who’s already headbutted a plate glass door in a hotel) managed to slip over in the bathroom of a hotel, bang her head against the shower screen and end up sitting on the loo, which may explain why, when she changed her toothbrush head she threw the new one away instead of the old one! Ever since returning from Korea Linda has had dizzy spells which amazingly vanished when we flew into...

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