Day 5: The rain in Spain…
I woke up for breakfast feeling dazed and more tired than usual. I put this down to the rain which was a downpour most of the night, waking me up occasionally. And it was still going when I stepped outside my room. I thought to myself, “this should be fun”. Having misplaced my jacket before coming out here, and leaving my Sealskinz at home, I knew I would be in for a wet ride today. I did my best to wrap up, cover up and brace myself and we headed off down the rocky routes with Jenny as our guide.
Within 2 minutes, my glasses were rendered useless as I couldn’t see anything. So I pushed on without them, and still couldn’t see anything. I felt very uneasy today on the bike, it was slippery and loose which sent my back-end into a waving frenzy. The rocky single tracks would have been better off as a slip-n-slide, but sadly I’d left my bikini behind. We stopped in the town to grab a cuppa at the halfway marker, although I’m not sure this was the best idea because my body started to get very cold once it had stopped, and putting back on the wet gloves was nothing fun. During the second half of the trail, we had to ride through a flowing stream. As if my feet weren’t cold and wet enough, they were now swimming in a FiveTen pond. I really struggled with my breathing today, the high altitude and damp air made it almost impossible for me to breathe enough. I must have sounded like tug-boat.
We reached Tim who had the truck to cart us back to the lodge. I made a b-line for the shower, peeling off every layer and draping it over the hot radiators. My toes and fingers were numb and the hot shower had me wincing, it felt like a cold burn. But my body started to regulate and then the shower felt awesome, albeit I was still wheezing with tightness in my chest.
We had lunch and I decided to pack my bags and settle down for the rest of the day. I started to think about the journey home tomorrow and I suddenly felt a pang of homesickness, I missed the cats!
The last supper was lovely and a nice way to round off the holiday. Delicious food, great company with reflections on the previous days. We were all in high spirits and it’s a shame it had to come to an end. We had to be up the next day for a 06:00 bus, so many of us went to bed for an early night… except Linzi and I who stayed up until 01:30. The 05:00 alarm went off way too quickly!
The journey home wasn’t as bad as I thought for an early start. I drove back from the airport to be welcomed home by Gomez… who ran right past me and out the front door. Missed you too, buddy!