We were up at six this morning, and managed to get on the road for half seven despite my having to make another puncture repair. After about 5 minutes however we ground to a halt again – Sam had ridden right over a sizable bit of glass. Another repair and we were going again … only to stop in short order for Sam’s jammed chain.
A bit of fiddling and it was running smoothly as we finally made our way out of town. We hadn’t made it far when two of my spokes snapped in short succession, makin my rear wheel short three spokes. We had no choice but to push on, but managed to redistribute some of my load onto Sam’s bike to try and spare the wheel. This seemed to work – we made good time after that, but the heat was rising making it a bit of a hard slog as temperatures climbed to over 40 degrees. The landscape was awesome, living up to what we’ve come to expect from Spain. We finally limped into Caceres after 50+ miles, nursing our bikes and dripping with sweat.
After ditching our gear at the campsite, we hit the town in search of the bike shop recommended by the receptionist. Finding it proved to be hard work – on the way I had another puncture and Lewy broke another spoke. Fortunately they were open, and after an hour or so had us back on our way. We spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool trying to cool down.
While some might say that today was unlucky I think we’ve been really fortunate, not just to make it to help, but to have got through without major calamity. It’s so hot I’ve decided to forgoe the tent tonight, braving the insects to sleep under the stars – Sam and Lewy have got there’s up, so we’ll see who go it right in the morning!