Spain By Numbers

posted by: Emma

We had 34 days in Spain and we can’t yet say that it was the best country we’ll see onCycling towards Broto this trip, but it sure beats our rainy exit from the UK. Spain, we’ll miss your chocolate filled croissants, hospitable people and wonderful tarmac (most of the time). Here are some facts and figures from our time in Spain:

  • 1718 km cycled (longest day 93 km, shortest day 18 km)
  • 1 punctured rear inner tube (Emma’s bike, Justin fixed)
  • 17 nights in campsites, 11 nights free camping, 5 nights in real beds
  • 62 loaves of Spanish bread consumed (estimated as we had around 2 every day)
  • 2.5 Gas canisters used for Primus cooker
  • 5 days with some rain (most on longest day!)
  • 10.5 chocolate filled croissants eaten between us
  • 3 dialects we tried to learn “Hello” in (Spanish, Catalan, Basque)
  • 2 Menu del Dias at restaurants eaten
  • 1 item of clothing lost (Emma’s sock disappeared from back of bike while drying)
  • 23 Mountain passes climbed and descended (Highest puerto de San Glorio 1609m)

Justin’s best day: Cycling from closed campsite free camp at  Santa Marina de Valdeon in Picos through two of highest passes to date and then descending to La Vega.

Emma’s best free camp memory: waking up to see the sun rise over Olot at 1000 metres!

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2 responses to “Spain By Numbers”

  • Hi Guys,
    the unthinkable happened and my visa arrived so we jumped a plane and went to Jan’s best friends wedding in Prague for a week. Beautiful. Very exciting to see all of the family and friends. Mum is coming from NZ in 27 days, Chiwi is due in 38 days and all are happy and healthy, I can’t see my feet but have never been happier. Take good care of yourselves, we are always thinking of you. Arohanui

  • Andrea on May 12th, 2010 at 11:51 am
  • Hey Andrea
    you were so close but didn’t visit 🙁 (just joking!). Wow passport = freedom, eh. Bet that feels good. We’re pretty excited for your upcoming motherhood – I can’t believe that is so soon.

    We have had 6 days off so back on the bicycles tomorrow hopefully.

    Keep yourself in good health



  • Emma on May 12th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

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