Cabra to Sierra Del Yeguas

Cycle Day 52.

3 Cycle Days left to go – till the finish line in Gibraltar.

Amsterdam seems like a lifetime ago.

Everyday of our Ride to the Rock Challenge we’ve cycled from one town , village or field of some-kind like the straw field with sheep surrounding our tent – to the next place to lay our heads.

It’s been an EPIC adventure and sometimes a very difficult physical CHALLENGE, and OUR end point is insight!!

I can do it!! We can do it!! Only if WE believe that it’s possible. Please consider listening to our Ride to the Rock song https://andy4msf.bandcamp.com/releases

Todays early 0400 start isn’t getting any easier. I just do it. I put 2 feet on the floor and stand, get dressed and washed, brush my teeth , sort my bike – then step into the darkness.

However when the sun starts coming up around 0630 – this is what I see in my side mirror. A beautiful sun rise.

My view of Spain this morning was Epic. Golden skies and layers of hills rolling on top of each other – with the warm air engulfing my body.

The start of todays ride wasn’t however that nice – the climb was slow. The sandy gravelled and potholed road meant it was difficult to stop my wheels from slipping or dropping into potholes. It was dark snd I couldn’t easily see the deep craters until I was on top of them. I put lots of effort into staying upright.

I was feeling nauseous early on – around 0430. A mix of eating – not long before going to sleep and I don’t believe we hydrated adequately because we were so shattered – I fell asleep without giving any thought to it.

You must move forward because going back is an impossibility. The peddles need turning for the journey to continue.

I caught Andy in my side mirror. This is how difficult it is . We’ve struggled with the early climbing and also with the later climbing or upside down climbing – everything feels this way at 0400.

Moving forward: Plenty of climbing today.

Stay determined and positive – however much things are testing you.

The bikes are holding up well. The flags are demonstrating our pride and respect to the country we are in.

Here I am trying to hold up the moon. Asking it not to go to bed. But the sun is determined to wake up!

Our flags.

The wind picked up with 5 miles left to ride. This makes cycling more effort – though still we are determined to finish todays ride.

We arrive and celebrate todays journey.

We are up again at 0400 for our ride and need to sleep – it’s just after 2100. Best try and sleep.

Goodnight my friends.

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