I slept reasonably apart from one hot moment during the night. We got up and cooked breakfast of six boiled eggs, tea and bread. There had been a lovely dawn, the sun rising over the mountains. We left at 9.45, dropping initially and then climbing for most of the morning in some amazing valleys with hair raising roads.
In Lanjar, we stopped for some sweet tasting fried snack in the town centre. A few children came up and asked us questions. A lot more donkeys and mules were about. The road flattened outside the town and we zoomed along for a stage before climbing up to a junction which turned off for Ugijar.
Stopping for lunch a few kilometres later, we noticed how people stare in amazement as they pass us. Is it our bikes or is it the fact that we are not wearing t-shirts? We did not understand! After catching up on our journals, we pressed on, climbing through some high villages, stopping at a water fountain in one of them to cool off.
Several villages were still celebrating fiestas where we could see cakes stalls, busy bars plus bangers were still being let off. We picked up water in Yucals for supper and hit a downhill stretches for the next 10 kms, which was a relief after such climbs that day. We came into a valley which would eventually led to Orgiva, walking the last 2 kms uphill. It is very tiring to cycle at night because we have to stop every time that a car comes past due to the lack of lights on our bikes.
At last, we found a hostal, went in, got a room and took our bags up. I showered first, got into bed and dozed off almost immediately. I was very tired.
Distance 110.4 kms Average speed 8.1 kmh Time 13 hrs 29 mins
Will Hawkins lives in Lincolnshire with his family, works in a technology company in London and does as many micro-adventures as he can.
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