SHORT SUMMARY: Eugene O’Leary has gone successfully through Spain, from Badajoz up to Pamplona. According to his diary, there have been many anecdotes: punctures, never ending hills...
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Eugene O’Leary has gone successfully through Spain, from Badajoz up to Pamplona. According to his diary, there have been many anecdotes: punctures, never ending hills (‘Hills, hills and more hills. Today we spent the entire day going up and down rolling hills. We are used to them by now but can still struggle on the unexpectedly long drags), small accidents (‘I got sucked into the slipstream of a large articulated truck and lost control of the bike. I was all over the road and I have no idea how I managed to slow down and regain control again. Somebody up there must be looking after me’), exhausting days under a harsh sun (‘The temperature had rocketed and took so much out of us that we were almost in a state of collapse on the long drag to Canaveral, so the first stop there was at the town fountain, which is part of the Camino’); rainy and stormy days that recalled the weather back in Ireland, pilgrims doing the Camino (‘Outside the restaurant we met 5 Irish people who were walking the Camino. One was from Crosshaven in County Cork and the others were from Galway but working in Australia), unusual food (‘The waitress spoke no English, so I just pointed to a dish on the menu which I thought was something which included ham. I then sat back and waited. After about ten minutes my second course arrived; a huge plate of snails! I'll definitely have to brush up on my Spanish!’); new way of leaving (‘Then as the day gets hotter, they have the main meal of the day indoors. After that everything just shuts down until maybe 5 p.m. and from around 7 p.m. they just seem to move from one tapas bar to another. They have a snack in each one and keep eating until after midnight!’), sceneries that make us think about a forgotten time (‘I heard the sound of a cuckoo; a sound that I have not heard since childhood. It was a common sound in summer in Ireland in my young days but then disappeared and in most places is heard no more. Another great sight here in the mountains is the large number of eagles that are continuously soaring in their search for food’).
Eugene and Paul have cycled over 1.407 km up to the border with France. At the moment, both are cycling across France. Let’s have a look at some of the pictures taken during this exciting adventure.
For further information on his travel diary, click HERE.