21. Apr, 2016

Santillana to Congosta 21.04.16

Thurs 21.04.16

Santillana del Mar to Congosta, Northern Spain.

Last nights excitement was in the town of Santillana, where we ate tapas of ham and cheese, whilst Paul was served his cider from some kind of aerating contraption, where the cider bottle had a long straw in it, which pumped the cider up and through the pipe into the glass - an amazing spectacle.

Mind you, it wasn't so funny when we left the restaurant and it was tipping it down, after all, it was 16 degrees and sunny when we'd walked the 15 minutes to the town, so of course we didn't need coats, or umbrellas. Whoops.

Still, this morning dawned quite bright, with blue sky on its way, we were very pleased to see that the tonneau cover had done it's job, and the chair was completely dry, everything packed back in well, so off we went.

The journey was about 200 miles on A roads, with the odd goat track thrown in. At points, when we were entering the high roads around the side of the Picos de Europa mountains, it was very cold. 8.5 degrees, I wrapped myself in my blanket as much as possible, and I could see Paul girding himself next to me, brr- keep going, keep going.

Our journey went alongside the pilgrims way to Santiago de Compestela, an 800 km walk that the pilgrims can take. There were certainly a lot of them walking in the short length we saw.

We stopped for a very warming lunch, along the Pilgrim Route at a hostel for them. Fried eggs, ham and a few chips for me, mini franks, chips and another plate of potatoes for Paul (!).

200 miles is certainly further on an outfit fo an inexperienced pilot han it is on a solo bike. Paul tells me he has to remind himself to relax, and that the riding requires a lot more thought and concentration than his usual ride.

The hostel we chose to stay at tonight is wonderful, extremely cheap, full of friendly people, and in a beautiful surrounding. The old woman who was sat outside when we arrived was so excited, jumping up and telling Paul she had never seen anything liketthe bike and sidecar.

The whole day was peppered with people cheering at us, overtaking with thumbs up, grinning, staring, scratching their heads in amazement at this thing they'd never seen before!!