Day 7 Stage 6
Our week kicked off rolling into a ghost town which we almost missed on our way from Cañamero…! This town was so small, there was little activity and not much to report on! Everyone was either asleep, at mass or out of town! The majority of those roaming the streets were a few years our senior.
Day 8 Stage 7
Tuesday saw us make our way from Mohedas to a small town called El Puente del Arzobispo. This was a mere 25km away. We arrived before 11am! Easy day in comparison to Day 1! We were greeted by El Río Tajo and the difference in temperatures was quite noticeable. We discovered that there had been some forest fires in Navarredonda de Gredos. This was where we were aiming to be by the weekend. We watched the Super Cup final in the evening and shared some Queso Manchego before packing up for the next day.
Day 9 Stage 8
On Wednesday we made our to Talavera de la Reina. This was to be our first city since leaving Córdoba. With a population of 85,000 approximately, it is not a very well known city but believe it or not, Talavera is larger in size and population than Toledo, the ancient capital of Spain. The first time in the River Tagus was not quite the unique experience I was hoping for. The river was not at its cleanest. We are very grateful to our couchsurfing hosts for the amazing food they prepared for us. They even took us for a walk with their dogs Neco and Sofi. Have we spelled their names correctly?!
Muchas gracias Jorge y Eva por vuestra compañia y hospitalidad!
Day 10 – Stage 9
Thursday saw us push on northwards and upwards from Talavera, Castilla La Mancha into another Spanish region: Castilla y Léon. Just over 50km, there were some windy and twisty roads waiting for us upon the Sierra de Gredos.
We cycled up through Mombeltrán into Cuevas del Valle. Both towns seemed very medieval, quaint and fairytale-esque. Cuevas del Valle strikes a note with that of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The cottages and small homes are almost hand carved from the Hansel and Gretel story!
The local people greeted us right away and were very helpful. We settled into our hostel, scrubbed up and rested before making our way down for ma coffee in ´El Pontón´ and some salad and escalope de ternera at ´El Portazo´.
Day 11 Stage 10 today sees us make our way over to the other side of the mountain to Navarredonda de Gredos. Physical tiredness is not our test so much anymore. There are days when we rest too much and we just can´t wait to get back cycling! No fiery temperatures waiting for us we hope.
Muchas gracias a todos aquí en el pueblo por recibirnos. This ´Valley of Caves´ is a town like no other.