After a late night the morning seemed to come all too soon, but we still managed to get packed up and on the road by 8.30. The first couple of miles set the trend for the day: a steady, unrelenting, uphill that gave breakfast little chance to settle. We were going well until Lewy broke another spoke, a bit abound so soon after a repair, but we pressed on resolving to keep an eye out for a bien shop.
We approached some locals outaide a café in the first town we arrived at and, after a bit of broken Spanish, a lot of pointing and one or two diagrams, managed to get directions to a bike shop on the outskirts. The mechanic there managed to get the spoke fixed, and we were back on route after an hour or so. We were behind shcedule, bur a good road made for some fast miles despite a steady uphill trend. The weather was fairly overcast this morning, but we weren’t complaing – the climbs were far easier than in yesterday’s heat. Midway through the morning we were overtaken by a club of road cyclists on a long ascent – determined not to be outdone I kept pace, and got past them before the top, despite the 15kg of gear on the back of my bike!
We bought bread meat and chesse for lunch in ‘Belorado’ and were just about to push on, when Lewy noticed that he’d broken yet another spoke – without a bike shop to hand we decided to push on, and try and get it sorted ASAP. We stopped for lunch after another 10km, after some more climbing and, managing to block part of the pilgrimage trail with of gear, had to scramble out of the way every couple of minutes.
With the temperatures soaring after lunch, we had a really tough climb up to 1150 meters – the highest I’ve been this trip – but the views and the resultant downhill made it more than worth it. We coasted into Burgos on the back of a stiff tailwind, getting into the campsite in good time with another good days ride done. After the tents were up we had an ice bath in the campsite swimming pool before supper – a nice end to a hot day. First priority tomorrow is to find a new wheel for Lewy’s bike, the current one having deteriorated this afternoon, and to try and have a look at Burgos’ gothic cathedral.