Sam and I were up at 5.30, after a night’s wild camping that featured clouds of mosquitos and noisy dogs. I think it was almost definitely Sam’s earliest start on his Birthday – cycling off before dark certainly a change from the normal birthday routine.
It was a nice, cool twmperature when we set off, but the terrain was difficult – although we had summited the Picos de Aroche mountains just after Monesterio last night we still had a serious ammount of climbing to do this morning. Despite the challenging terrain we made great time, and had a spectacular view of the sunrise over the mountains. After 50 miles we made it into Seville for just after 9, coming into the city along a motorway, which was a bit hairy!
We had agreed to meet Lewy in the Plaza de Espania at midday so had a couple of hours to kill, spending the time at a café in the heart of the city. We met Lewy without a hitch, and went to collect his bike from the shop he’d dropped it off at: the mechanic was a Londoner, so we were able to adequately explain the problem – hopefully the fix will last to Gibraltar!
After lunch we booked into a hostel, as there was no campsite near the city centre. It was cheaper than some campsites we’ve had, and the air-con was awesome after sweating it out for the last couple of weeks. After a shower to strip off the dirt of the last couple of days we spent the night in Seville celebrating Sam’s birthday, and managed to track down some authentic Spanish paella. Getting into a cool room, and my first bed since I started was incredible – definitely a nice change!