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Author: Nigel

Burgo de Osma to Villaespasa

Burgo de Osma to Villaespasa

As with anywhere in Spain there always seems be a good climb 🚵‍♂️ out of a town … Burgo de Osma was no exception! My first port-of-call was a large service station. I wanted more snacks! Now, as I am on the El Camino route I’m promptly off a main road onto the back roads towards some churchy historic site ⛪ In-fact, this one was interesting as it was a plague and a cut-out to El Cid himself. He seemed…

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Atienza to Burgo de Osma

Atienza to Burgo de Osma

After a night in Atienza with everything shut and supplies stocked-up, I’m ready to motor on! A steady climb out of the village up to the Castle of Atienza (original naming!) 🏰 As with any quality castle, it’ll be up a very steep hill. I didn’t visit, naturally! The road flattened out as did the wind horizontally straight in my face. You always know when the wind is fierce, as you can’t even coast down a good gradient! I arrived…

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Madrid to Atienza

Madrid to Atienza

The morning arrived. Panniers attached. I’m on the streets just after sunrise. It only took a few hundred metres, and the previous nights apprehension has gone! First stop, a Correos de España (Post Office) ? to send a few items back to the UK. Well, that was a way better experience than I’ve had in any UK Post Office. Very helpful, even with the language barrier. Google Translate is great, and the app on a phone can be set off-line…

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Madrid

Madrid

The Qatar Airways flight 🛬 approach into Madrid-Barajas Airport was long and gradual. I got to admire the scenery with only a few isolated clouds around. Passport control 🛂  As the border agent scans my passport (by eye), while surveying me up and down, I’m thinking … Oh FFS! Mr.Francis, he says in better English than would’ve been my Spanish 🇪🇸 equivalent, “what are you doing here”? I’m thinking … Oh FFS! My innocent heart sunk! It carefully took a…

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Pre-departure & Flight

Pre-departure & Flight

So, how did I end up here? 🇦🇺 I left the UK 🇬🇧 mid Feb’20, not perceiving what was rounding the corner (a global pandemic). Adeptly, the rest of the world knew, except the UK! Italy was already in lockdown, but as I flew out of Heathrow, you’d think everything was dandy with the world! Now, I’m in Australia, and the UK has gone into a full lockdown. Clearly, I’m not one to be rushed, and I’m certainly not likely…

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NEMO Galaxi 2P Tent

NEMO Galaxi 2P Tent

My MSR Hubba Hubba 🎪 has finally given up on me! It has endured at least a few hundred camping sites, if not more. As with most tents, the zips are generally the first things to fail. This is the case with my precious Hubba Hubba. The zips curve round in one loop and would be fairly hard to repair. The welded seems are looking a bit ragged too. So a new tent it is then 😄 As with any purchase today, one can spend an infinity on research due to the web! It has its plus‘s, but you’ll soon enter a rabbit warren of…

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