Peñafiel - Burgos
For them stats Strava Route Peñafiel to Burgos
Surprisingly, I got a pretty good night's sleep in the tent last night. The few glasses of wine with Willem helped I'm sure. Speaking of Willem, as I'm starting to pack things up I hear him calling my name.
Willem: Morning! Continental breakfast?
I thought the restaurant didn't open for another 30 minutes... I get to Willem's camp site and he's got his own continental breakfast going. Bread, jam, fruit, yogurt, and tea. He offers me one of each and I'm really grateful. A solid breakfast before starting a long ride really is a great thing. We talk about the weather on our respective routes through France. He mentions I should be more or less clear on my way through the Pyrenees. After breakfast, we see the restaurant starts to open.
I like the way this guy rolls. We each get a Cortado and talk about maps, elevation profiles, and camping in France. He assures me the camping situation in France is much better than in Spain. I'm glad to hear that. After coffee, with each of us packed, we finally head out. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of Willem and his bike (or his contact details) but if you somehow stumble upon this Willem, thanks so much for turning a shitty day great, the wine, dinner (oh yeah, he paid for my dinner), and breakfast!
As he rolls out of the campsite, I warm up the engine with a few stretches and I'm off, in a pretty great mood.
Cycling today started off pretty great. I'm starting to roll through vineyards, and the views are great. The route I mapped on Strava a few days back weaved off the main N road and I knew what that was going to mean.
This time, it wasn't too bad and I decided to ditch my route and follow the letter/number roads on Google Maps as the N/VA/BU roads ran almost parallel to my original route. The detour did include a pretty nice climb that ended up having a pretty nice and picturesque descent.
"With every descent comes a nice descent." Think I meant "With every ascent", on that one.
I stopped off for La Comida and the good ole "menu del dia". Today was a simple salad, carne, flan (they love their flan here), and coffee. Although simple, all really good. Maybe I was just pretty hungry.
After finishing up lunch, sure enough the outlaw roads started again.
The detour eventually joined back up with my originally plotted route. As I rolled down actual roads, I noticed a turn onto a tractor road. However, this time I didn't really see a viable detour that wasn't really far out of the way. Looks like I'll have to take my chances here.
It'll only get better, right?
After Lerma, I gave up when after a paved road, the computer told me to take a right onto another tractor road. Not only are these routes really uncomfortable, possibly resulting in flats, they also really slow me down with speeds dropping down to 8-10kmph. Instead, I took a 5km detour straight west until I hit BU-100 which took me all the way to Burgos on a nicely paved road. On the way, I stopped to refuel on my cycling syrup (1:1 water and jugo de piña).
From here, it wasn't far to the campsite. I passed through the city of Burgos (one of the bigger cities since Madrid). It's here that I'll meet up with one of the most popular sections of the Camino de Santiago. From this point, I'll be running into a lot of hikers that mostly started in the French city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port near the border of Spain, and are hiking west to Santiago de Compostela. A hike over 700km, not an easy feet.
Another 12€ for just me and the tent this time (no electricity). Where are the discounts for the cyclists!? The Camino hikers are getting 4-6€ rates for a bed in the pilgrim hostels (albergues). I grab dinner at the campsite restaurant which is actually really busy and only has 1 waiter. It turns out you can get a menu del dia for dinner too. The waiter puts a full bottle of wine on my table, which I don't hesitate to drink (it's included in the cost of the meal). Managed to take a picture of the first course (Paella), but by the time the second course comes out I'm well and buzzed.
I meet a British couple cycling the Camino west and chat with them about the conditions of the road. As we part ways, I head to the tent and pass out pretty quickly. I'm off to Najera (or so I think) tomorrow to meet up with Rene who's hiking the trail!