Portuguese Bike Ride 18th-August-2009

Garry McGivern’s Portuguese bike ride, Tuesday 18th-August-2009 Playa America to Santiago de Compostela. 71 Miles. Well, I was right about it not being a flat ride today. And I was quite surprised I’d cycled as many miles as I have. I thought it would have been a lot less, but whatever it was, I wasn’t going to cycle any further today. I’d had enough, plus I didn’t think there would be another campsite for another 30 or 40 miles.

Bike by trees
Stopping for a break in the cool shade of some trees

I’ve now moved inland and away from the coast and can certainly feel the difference. What breeze I had on the coast has completely disappeared, and there’s no air at all now. Hopefully, I should be back on the coast tomorrow.

I’ve seen loads of people walking the Camino (the way of St James) today, and the nearer I got to Santiago, the more people I saw. And had Miguel not told me, I would have known nothing about it. And would have been a little perplexed as to why so many people were walking here. And I’ve definitely noticed more of the yellow shell-like signs. They are a dedicated bunch of people walking in this heat. Walking is just hard work, even when it isn’t this hot! At least on my bike, I get a bit of a breeze.

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