We decided to leave slightly earlier again, to try and beat the heat. Not long after starting we had to stop and get out some warmer clothes. The mornings had been getting colder as we had gotten further north, down to about 14degrees up until now, but this morning a wind had picked up which was cool enough for a wind vest.
The wind really started to pick up, mostly head wind and sometimes kicking around to a crosswind, which is hard work with panniers on the back, and a massive handlebar bag on the front of my bike.
We ticked over the k's fairly quickly early in the morning, with navigation fairly straight forward.
We passed through El Toboso a nice little town and Quintanar de la orden much larger, and a pain again to navigate out of.
Leaving Villacanas the map showed 29.1k mostly following the highway on farming roads. Having only done around 40k so far we were looking forward to a 70k day.
|Heading towards Tembleque|
|Windmills in the distance|
We see a town on the horizon, it looks a fair way off still. We then see it is a beautiful hill top town surrounded by traditional old windmills, but we couldn't be going there because the map just doesn't make sense. Again we hit farmlands and we turn again, this time back south, we are travelling away from the town we could see and heading down the range towards another. We climb straight up the range cresting it to see another town and again we see the motorway we were meant to be following.
Finally we arrived in Tembleque, In the end we rode closer to 80k, happy to arrive we are staying at one of the only hotels in town. Which happens to be a fairly nice 3 star place.
The town is amazing, with one of the oldest original remaining town squares in Spain. The massive cathedral is under well needed renovations. The rest of the town includes a lot of original buildings and houses with new houses being built in similar styles.
Tomorrow we will arrive in Toledo, one of the biggest towns of the journey, and one of the most touristed towns of the region. Then we leave the flat messeta behind and start with a couple of harder stages into Avila which will include a lot more climbing
|Primeros - First course for lunch|
|Main square in Tembleque|
|Entry to the main square|
|Old palace in Tembleque|