SANTANDER - PORTSMOUTH 5.49km 6m climbOctober 16, 2017 in Spain
A sunny warm morning which suddenly appeared to turn misty and windy, but it wasn't mist but smoke from forest fires in the hills nearby! Not sure how "nearby" but nobody seemed to be concerned and life went as normal with people running/strolling along the beach, swimming etc. The smoke cleared and the sun came out and it was time for us to start the push to the port....after calling in at the farmacia for some sea sick pills for Gill.
After our fastest average speed yesterday, today was our slowest 4.91 km/hr, which I thought wasn't bad pushing a fully loaded tandem, well minus Gill, she walked as well. We stopped for a coffee "on the front" and, as we sat there, the ferry floated serenely by on its way to the dock. Back on the promenade we continued to push towards the ferry terminal past lots if signs for a Titanic Exhibition, and I don't mean big one, about the ship......not an omen I hope.
As we arrived at the port who did we bump into but Poppy and Jem, also pushing their tandem which had some problems but not as terminal as ours. We pushed along the port fence for what seemed like about half a mile, checked in and then had to push all the way back on the other side of the fence to board the ship. We headed for the cabins and arranged to meet Poppy and Jem in the bar later which also turned out to be a meeting for dinner for the four of us.....well four started the meal but only three finished it. The storm had passed but there was a big swell in the Bay of Biscay and who felt sick but Tony (I never get sea sick) who retired to the cabin without finishing his meal and counted Gill's seasick pills to make sure they had enough for two!
Next morning everybody was fine, the sea was calmer and food was back on the menu for breakfast. After the usual wondering around a ferry waiting to arrive, we got into Portsmouth 2 hours late...maybe there was a silver lining in having a broken tandem and arranging a lift home! After the long push round to the terminal building we met Jane and John who'd kindly agreed to pick us up.
A few facts from the trip
We slept in 31 different beds
The places we stayed were various, from B&B's to hotels from 2 stars upwards and one was even a former palace.
If you're cycle touring, people seem to think you can't afford a "proper" holiday and can't quite "get" that you're doing it because you like cycling.
In Spain, if you're cycle touring they usually think you're a pilgrim and doing some sort of penance!
We cycled 1000 miles according to the Garmin and even further on the small back up speedo, maybe because it was set up by Mr 10%?
Each of our legs pushed the pedals down approximately 450,000 times...yes that was four hundred and fifty thousand times! What was that about a penance?
Apart from a couple of occasions, the French and Spanish drivers were much more considerate to cyclists than their UK counterparts.
We think that's it.......until the next time, see ya then.Read more