The planned route I had before I left is no more. I originally was going to head west along the coast of northern Spain but instead I’m heading inland. The weather at the coast wasn’t great and the roads were very busy. Wild camping also seemed hard. I know that once I had passed Santander that would have changed as the area is more sparsely inhabited.
So I’ve been riding south west from Bilbao first to Burgos and now Valladolid. I had thought about joining the pilgrimage route west at Burgos but just didn’t fancy it. Two days ago if you had asked where I was headed from Valladolid I would have said towards Portugal and Porto. Looking at the weather though there is more rain coming in from the Atlantic to the west so I’m really not keen on that idea either now. Especially as I think I have a cold.
Maybe I’ll come back one summer and explore the north western corner and Portugese coast. Right now south looks appealing. To Salamanca and then either further south or south-east to Madrid. However who knows I might change my mind again which is the good part of touring by myself with no fixed route.
Spain is great though. I’m now battling weather and terrain at times but I like the sparse open landscapes. Yesterday’s headwind turned 44 miles into a 6 hour day but that’s life. The people I’ve met have all been welcoming, friendly and keen to show off their country and culture.
Postscript: At the bottom of the page (on the mobile site definitely) we’ve put a link/button so you can ‘buy me a coffee’ via paypal. It’s an idea unashamedly stolen from Andy Kirkpatrick but if you enjoy reading my writing then why not give me a few quid to help me along the way. Thanks to Jack aka loudribs, king of photoshop for the actual image.