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Santander ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Santander ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

I’m now settled into the hustle and bustle of a port city ๐Ÿข Fortunately, Santander is not too big in city terms and certainly more tame than Madrid was! I’ve about a week here. The week is so I can acquire a PCR test, obtain the results and book the ferry โ›ด๏ธ A test result provides me with 72 hours to get on the ferry with a caveat the result is negative, otherwise, I’m back to square one! Meantime, I…

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Cigรผenza ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Santander

Cigรผenza ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Santander

Once again a night without hearing gunshot ๐Ÿ”ซ I’m nevertheless vacating the more mountainous plateau and descending to the Erbo reservoir. Nice easy riding. I arrive in Ahedo de las Pueblas for the customary tent drying and second breakfast. I’m also greeted by a small family of cattle ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„ roaming through. They bobbed their heads at the stranger, saw he was no harm and sauntered off … locals! Again, with all these hamlets/villages a water ๐Ÿšฐ point isn’t too far…

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Cereceda ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Cigรผenza

Cereceda ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Cigรผenza

After a relaxing rest day, I start out on a main road fairly early, so not busy. Further on I clamber up an embankment to find the Vias Verdes. It’s still impassable, so back to the road. After reaching Trespaderne, and the mornings ritual of tent ๐ŸŽช drying and a second breakfast, I locate the Vias Verdes which meanders along the river Nela. The days are still dry, with a slight chill in the mornings. I’ll take that any day!…

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Villaespasa ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Cereceda

Villaespasa ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Cereceda

Instead of turning north as I head out of Villaespasa, I hook a right and southerly. This is only a brief change in direction as I wish to complete the whole section of this Via Verdes – Cascajares to Burgos. After a few kilometres it ends on a main road with a little station to boot ๐Ÿš‰ I head north. This Via Verdes clearly hasn’t been well used, if at all. The surface is course, but I’m not complaining as…

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Burgo de Osma ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Villaespasa

Burgo de Osma ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Villaespasa

As with anywhere in Spain there always seems be a good climb ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™‚๏ธ 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 Iโ€™m promptly off a main road onto the back roads towards some churchy historic site โ›ช 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 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Burgo de Osma

Atienza ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 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!) ๐Ÿฐ 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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