Inveterate dabbler in business, travel, gadgets & life

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!

Final day on the Camino Invierno

Geoff Jones in Santiago
The End

Since Colin was so close to his home and has obviously visited Santiago many times, I decided to walk the final stretch from Bandeira to Santiago de Compostella on my own.

I took up their kind offer of dropping me off 10km closer at Pont Ulla since the full distance is 32km, a bit much for an oldie with a full rucksack, especially with no breakfast.

At Pont Ulla I was immediately confronted with a 250metre climb up the next 3km 🙁 The route I downloaded seems to be for a cyclist since I lost all arrows and markers once in the wood. However, on the descent, they started reappearing where I met an American lady who has lived in Hannover for 40 years she recommended the “Wise Pilgrim” app and it did seem pretty good.

Spanish Pilgrim routes from
More Pilgrim routes than motorways

I met many more pilgrims in the next few miles who were completing The Sanabres route all were amazed that you could walk for 7 days and only meet 1 pilgrim 🙂

After stopping for a drink at The Bar Rosende (still no food though) I didn’t see another pilgrim until Santiago and yes I was following a legit route with markers!

An excellent walk on traffic free lanes although I was getting pretty exhausted by the time I arrived at The NestStyle Hotel for my final night before returning home.

The Strava shows 21.6 km walked and an impressive 713m (2,339 feet) climbed

the day’s pics are here:
Invierno to Santiago