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Spain - Day 18 : Molina

hadn't slept well. The last two days I felt I was getting more rested after finishing the Pico Veleta. Now I was just tired from the two weeks of cycling. Bram also felt tired and started to feel his legs. Breakfast consisted of a small leftover piece of baguette and just enough spread to give it some flavor. After climbing through the canyon it was mostly downhill to Molina. We hadn't eaten much in the past 24 hours, so were hungry. We decided to buy a lot of food today, three breads and a big jar of paté weighing 840 grams. We ate on a bench in front of the store.

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The paté.
 

Cycling went even slower than yesterday. The roads were perfectly straight and the wind came right from the front. At a certain moment we came to a 'descent'. The wind blew so fast we were only going 12 km/h downhill. Een when there were no major mountains we still continuously needed to climb smaller hills.

 

Around 12:30 we sat down under a tree. We hadn't cycled very far yet. The oranges were again not the perfect ones we had been searching for the entire vacation. Of course we had the paté to put on our bread.

During the afternoon the cycling continued to be slow. The wind was too strong. Near the end of the afternoon we needed to climb and descent a lot. The climbing was more fun on the few occasions there was a sign indicating the summit.

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Puerto de Huerva.

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A bit later we climbed Puerto de Paniza.
 

After two larger climbs came a descent. There we took these photos.

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Descending the Puerto de Paniza.
 

After the descent we searched a store, the three breads were finished already. It was often difficult to find supermarkets, but we simply couldn't carry enough food to last more than 1 or 2 meals. Ten kilometers later we found a small store which was also an internet cafe. They sold bread and water and some Turkish candy. The candy was horrible but the bread was OK. There was a group of Polish people in the park were we ate. They were all around 40 and seemed to just be loitering. A lady had something strange near her elbows. When she turned around I noticed it wasn't anything strange, it just had sagged a lot.

 

We were now near the large city Zaragoza. The plan had been to camp 5 km before the city. This turned out to be impossible because there were many factories there. We cycled farther today than expected. We got some water at a gas station and tried to plan the route to Andorra. It was around 8 o'clock by then. In Zaragoza was a campsite, but that would require cycling through most of the city, meaning we would arrive very late. Instead we decided to cross the the city and find a place to sleep by the road.

 

While it was already getting dark we entered Zaragoza. We needed to cycle 10 kilometers through the city. Sometimes there were cycling paths, sometimes we needed to cycle against the traffic direction. In the center was a good bicycle path where we rode hard, trying to avoid all the pedestrians. Five kilometers before leaving the city it was really dark. A path we were cycling on unexpectedly came to an end, as conveniently indicated by a huge concrete bar. Luckily we managed to brake in time. We left the city using a busy bridge. A while later we finally arrived in descent wild camping terrain. The first meadow was well visible from the road. The second one was shielded by some bushes. It was 10:30 by now. The entire day the cycling had gone slow. To our surprise we realized we still had cycled 184 km, the farthest of the entire trip thus far.

 

Later Bram discovered a firefly. This is the best picture we managed to take of it.

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The glow worm
 

That night Bram had slept pretty well. I didn't because we had been lying only 5 meters away from the 100 km/h road.

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The route of day 18.
 

Distance cycled : 183.85 km