We have planned a 300 mile ride today, so aim to leave by 8.30am.
Roger decides his monkey needs to sit at the front of the bike, poor thing!
All packed up we are ready to leave our secure parking by 8.45, just a little later than we hoped.
We head out on N234, past this statue of El Cid.
The road is deserted at this point, although it does get a little busier further along.
We turn off onto BU901, onto what I term a “greenie”.
Let me explain,wherever possible when riding in Europe I use Michelin maps. These mark scenic routes in green, thus “greenie” and the plus point is that scenic routes often mean great biking roads.
We stop for breakfast in Leonardo De Yague.
My first Cafe con Helio of the holiday, Coffee with ice, with a lovely doughnutty cake
We turn right, and I wave Roger on ahead so as not to slow him down as this is a wiggly greenie, S0920, or so I think!
But we have gone spectatuarly wrong. The GPS keeps telling me to turn left, but I ignore it as I think it’s trying to take us onto a main road rather than the greenie I’d plotted.
We stop in Penarado De Duero,with its magnificent fortress, as I realise we’ve gone wrong but I’m not quite sure how!
I reset the route so that the next stop is N110. We get taken down a very bumpy bit of road, then onto the motorway.
But I’m even more confused now as the GPS is saying it is much further to our next turn off than I expected.
When we stop for petrol we realise that somehow we are on A1, the opposite side of a triangle than I’d planned. Duh!
But at least we are now back on route. N110 to Torrecaballeros,where we turn left onto a small white road, before picking up CL601, a lovely riod with kits of twisties taking us up to Navacerrada, where we stop for a cold drink.
We continue south through Monasterie De El Escorial, where the whole town appears to be part of this huge monastry. Not sure what happened to that vow of poverty!
The temperature is now soaring into the high 30s , so when we stop for petrol and a cold drink I quickly soak my wet vest.
Oh what bliss when we start riding!
We reach Talavera De La Reina at 5.30pm. This was where we had originally planned to stay, but we can’t spot any hotels and my wifi connection won’t connect, so we decide to continue South a bit further, perhaps as far the lakes- we both like being by the water.
We are now on N502,a road Roger remembers as being a good one.
We had earmarked Castiblanco as a possible stopover. But as we ride up a tiny road off the main highway, past 4 old guys looking at us as though we are mad!,both of us realise that this place is unlikely to have a hotel. This turns out to be true.
We continue to Herrera del Duque. The first hotel on the corner is closed, but just up the road is a Hostel.
There’s a little bar where with the help of the Google Translate App I adk for a double room. I get taken upstairs to look at it, it’s basic but at 40 euros a night what do you expect, but it does have air con and secure parking down the road.
After a much welcome shower, we are both hot and sticky we walk 100 yards to the centre of town, where everyone seems tobehanging out.
As usual those first beers are much welcome and hardly touch the sides.
And with every beer, a little plate of tapas!
After a couple of beers we leave to look for a restaurant, but none are obvious, so we head back to another bar which dies appear to serve food ad well.
But it’s getting late now so after more beer and more tapas, the decision is made to “dine” on tapas.
And Roger has already made the strategic decision to drink small beers, as you get a dish of tapas every time you order:
Chicken wings,spicy sausages, fish, fried aubergine, olives croquettes and cheese
An absolute feast! And it’s free!