A bumper biking day a bit like an Audax with over 91 miles covered a lot of it over incredibly poor roads & tracks with each massive bump making me think that some part of the bike will have been broken but thankfully nothing had.
I left Hotel Italia after a good breakfast wondering why Dutch girls are so incredibly tall & speak such excellent English. The first part of the route was along the river no lovely cycle path here just a gravelly track past an area like a favela and folks sleeping under bridges but eventually, I was humming along a decent road with lots of cyclists on the other side.
But all that came to an end along the minor road/tracks around Guadajoz where the top layer of tarmac has partially peeled away leaving an incredibly rough service 🙂 🙂 better if they just scraped it all off!
The last few days it’s been annoying me that I cant access the two highest cogs (smallest gears) on the rear cassette so I decided en-route to slacken the wire this cured the problem but then of cause I can’t now access the two lowest gears (biggest cogs) since I’ve now gone past the mountains I just left it.
Between Los Rosales & La Monta the route took me alongside the rail track on a dirt road with lots of dogs trying to get me 🙁 most effective treatment seems to be look them in the eye and scream f… off!! rejoining the now very busy A-8005 it made me think which is worse Artics or Dogs 🙁
Amazing to see the vast orange groves ripe for picking all the Olive’s now left behind strange how monoculture works.
I made it to Seville just before dark arriving at the Don Paco hotel in the centre just after 6 pm just in my T-shirt & shorts all the leg/arm warmers removed in the heat & sun, splendid riding weather.
Here is the Strava:
and Flickr, not so many Canon pics today
and the wretched Flickr uploader still not accessing the iPhone pics!
That’s where the marmalade oranges come from then. Did you see any machines to pick them or is it still a manual job?
I couldn’t see any machines also trees are planted very close to each other so mechanisation would be hard.
I thing it’s manual see the ladder https://flic.kr/p/24wyFzG and all the workers cars https://flic.kr/p/24wzb1j