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Falling of a cliff!

Interesting to see the latest number of UK House sales plotted by Dougal as you can see quite a cliff edge.

In May 2019 there were only 25,335 sales the previous lowest was in Feb 2009 with 28,507 sales. So this is the lowest monthly sales figures in at least 24 years! Will be very interesting to see when this gets reflected in price reductions.

UK Monthly Property_sales

Elevate your Strava

Geoff Jones Cycling distances
Mileage Comparison Chart

Using the excellent Chrome Elevate for Strava extension  I have now produced this pretty chart.

As you can see my cycling distance is now down  1,537 miles from the same date in 2018, meaning if I’m to do the same mileage as last year I have to now pedal 6,374 miles in the remaining 188 days of 2019 or 34 miles a day 🙂

I had better leave the computer and get on the bike and do my 34 miles 🙂

Oops forgot the bike computer stuff was all in km so the ride was only 23.7 miles 🙁 instead of the required 54km

Overview of our Camino Invierno walk

Finally 12 days after returning home from my Camino Invierno walk I’ve found a method of displaying all the sections where we walked on a zoomable embedded map 🙂 and amazingly also clearly showing all the bits we missed either intentionally or by error 🙁

The solution I found was to use the -umaps website which I found from this handy table on the OSM web wiki pretty straightforward to use as well.


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Pretty impressive use of Open Street Map 🙂

The spreadsheet I created whilst away shows I walked about ⅔ of the route or about 90 miles in 7 walking days with over 10,000 feet of climbing, all very pleasant on very quiet tracks and roads so it makes a good alternative to the very busy Camino Francais, apart from the lack of accommodation on the route.

Use the spreadsheet to find all the relevant blog posts, Strava route details & my Flickr photos

Many thanks to Colin for the invite and organisational skills plus many thanks to German Geoff for staying with us even with his Achilles injury and supporting us with Colin’s car, certainly made it a lot easier!

Camino Invierno – A La Brada to Monforte de Lemos

Another excellent walking day, I’m really getting into my stride now 🙂 The distance between Quiroga and Monforte de Lemos on the Camino Invierno is given as 36km which is a bit far for us, although a first for us on this Camino is we met a fellow walker from Austria who was doing the whole 36km at speed.

Our solution was to ride in the car to Restaurant La Brada this reduced the distance to just less than 20km starting very close to a medieval bridge and a 200 metre climb 🙂

Dropping down into A Pobra do Brollón a wild boar and her family of piglets dashed across our path, fortunately, the father wasn’t around although Colin did get to meet the local election candidate, at length, in the cafe when we stopped for our morning drink 🙂

The scenery then became more rural and flatter apart from the final 100 metre climb before the descent into Monforte de Lemos and Geoff awaiting in the car to take us to the Hotel Ribeira and a short walk to the excellent Taperia Restaurant.

An excellent day walking of 19km.  The rain stayed away. although at one point it became quite cold.

The  Strava is here:

and the days’ pics are here:

Camino Invierno A Labrada to Monforte de Lemos
Another excellent write up on the day by Colin here