I stocked up with stores and provisions for the future at the local market and shops, treated Percy to two new tyres (much cheaper than in france) before heading off once again. Through the hills of Sierra d’Estrella, across the border into Spain.
It was the first time that I had been in Percy alone since leaving the UK which made it kind of strange for the first day or so. No one to chat to or marvel at the scenery, no one to map read or program the sat nav. On the other hand it was peaceful and there was no one to explain to when I took unplanned diversions or stopped for an hour or too to look as wood burning stoves, agricultural machinery and second hand junk.
Spain passed quickly, with one overnight stop in Bergos, somewhere I would happily visit again, though apart from that, not the most interesting route. I shared it with a huge quantity of trucks, mainly portuguese, heading in the same direction, up to northern europe with their cargos of goods. I was glad to get the main part of the journey behind me and return to france.
Next stop the beach for a few days, a little pause to gather my thoughts, enjoy the last dregs of summer and hopefully get a final dip in the sea before winter.
|evidence of a recent forest fire|
|well burned but with a little regrowth|
|Percy taking a break after a long climb|
|road and rail pass through a huge gorge|
|back on the flat........again|
|suburban apartment blocks ( could be anywhere in (Spain)|