6 degree centigrade at 8 in the morning 🙁 But of course on an altitude of 1.800 meters.
So I dressed warm. Pants, long pants, trousers, warm over trousers, rain suit trousers 😉 after a few kilometers I felt wet and I was accompanied by this feeling until noon. Meanwhile the sun was shining and I started to put off the rain suit and the long pants and zipped off the trousers legs.
Now I am drying the clothes in my room but don’t wash them because I will arrive at home tomorrow evening.
The alarm rung at 04:35 to get the train at 05:12. Everything worked fine and I arrived at 11:44 in Como Lago.
I hurried to the terminal to board the ferry boat to Bellano. The boat was scheduled at 12:00.
There was a 100-meter-queue of people to get a ticket. Normally if I face such a queue I run away 😉
I don’t know why I lined up. A few minutes later the staff came along and asked the people where to they want to go and whether by speed or slow boat. I told him to go with the slow boat to Bellano and he said I should board and get the ticket on board.
What a fortune 🙂
The Como lake is sooo wonderful. And I enjoyed the boat journey very much.
The region is full of tourists at the moment so I was happy to get a room for the night. But 20 km south of Chiavenna so I will have to cycle more on the other day.
No problem to arrive at Menton. I was there at two o’clock. The staff from the car rental arrived at 3 pm as agreed.
He did not check the car. Not even whether I had filled the fuel. What a difference to the day before.
I have eaten the remaining cookies and after starting cycling I went for a cup of coffee.
The 14 km from Menton to Ventimiglia were easy to do although there was a climb to an altitude of 120 meters.
The Cote d’Azur is wonderful. I loved this coast since I was here in 1979 to see the Formula 1 race in Monte Carlo.
I booked a hotel next to the railway station because tomorrow morning I have to board the train at 05:12.
My first destination in Ventimiglia was the railway station to buy the ticket. I had prepared the trip on the Trenitalia App and showed it to the staff. 3 minutes later I had the ticket 😉 and the man was quite friendly and helpful 🙂 thumbs up for FS. Thumbs down for SNCF.
I hadn’t slept well always thinking, dreaming on the car I had to give back at 10 am. I dreamed problems will occur.
With this bad foreshadowing I was there in time. The staff was friendly but checked the car intensively. He had a small sheet with handwritten notes of the damages. That looked not very professional. He found two scratches that seemed not to be on the list and he took photos and said he to send the photos to the colleague in Huelva who has to confirm to close the contract. That will need a day or even more.
So I left the office and started cycling heading for Hendaye railway station.
It started to rain and I put on the rain suite and started to sweat 😉 after a short while of cycling I was absolutely wet inside. The t-shirt and the primaloft. I was dressed warm because there were only 15 degrees.
Sunshine, rain, sunshine and so on.
Only 12 km beeline but the area was like a labyrinth. Different types of streets, bike paths, rivers, railway, sea, hills and tunnels.
Finally I got there and was happy to get shelter in the railway station.
The SNCF fulfilled all my expectations 😉 No, no, no way from Hendaye to Milano with the bicycle. Only to Bordeaux was possible.
I took a brunch at 2 pm because I hadn’t got breakfast today. And thought on a way to Milano.
Opposite the station was a car rental where I got a car for 24 hours to go to Menton. The distance is about 920 km.
I drove to Montpellier where I got a room for the night.
At 10 I was in the museum again. The only thing I saw in Bilbao were Peggy & Puppy but these two guys intensively. Well, and the Norman Foster Metro.
Next destination was San Sebastián to visit friends. But as I asked for the exact address it occurred they live in Santander 🙁
Since they left to Spain I was absolutely sure they are in San Sebastian. Unfortunately 🙁
So I looked for a hotel and a nice bay for a swim in the Atlantic. No sooner said than done!
The first bay wasn’t to go by car despite Google.Maps was sure to go there 😉
The second bay I had to hike. Firstly up to an altitude of 400 meters with the car than hiking down.
Unfortunately I couldn’t make it. In the beginning the path was well prepared and marked. Than I had to take a smaller path. I came down to an altitude of 100 meters. Than I turned. The way was to overgrown and I was scared to go with the short trousers and the thin boots. It was raining in the morning so everything was wet.
Maybe you remember day 41 as I arrived to Amposta I crossed the Ebro from north to south. Today from south to north.
I drove off the highway and a few kilometers to the river head at Fontibre. Absolutely impressive the river starts in the Pyrenees his 910 kilometers of journey to the Mediterranean. What a distance.
Driving towards the Pyrenees I felt like driving over the planes of Kansas and Colorado and the silhouette of the Rocky mountains appeare.
By the way: cycling in Spain’s interior should also be possible in the Spanish summer high. This morning the temperature that the car messuered was 17 and not higher than 25. Okay it was more or less overcast.
I saw the Atlantic at about Santander and turned towards east following the coastline. Wow, what an amazing landscape. Similar to the Tyrolean one but the waves coming into the bays are fantastic.
One reason are the back pain I have since one morning in Estepona so they last now for about 14 days. In the beginning I took pills (voltaren) but I stopped one week ago because I got the impression the pills make my heart beat heavily. This was confirmed by the information sheet I downloaded.
My plan was to stay a few days along Algarve coast and rent a boat and swim and snorkel. Therefore I’ve bought a snorkeling set that I gave today morning a young man in the hostel I stood for the night.
Back pain and cold water was absolutely impossible.
Another reason is that the Algarve is brimful with tourists. I looked on booking.com about hotels for the next days along Algarve. Either 100 Euro plus or shared bedroom.
And another reason maybe is that I am filled with impressions so I got less enthusiastic.
Tomorrow I will take a car at Huelva – only 20 more kilometers to cycle tomorrow – and give it back in San Sebastian on Monday. So I have enough time.
From San Sebastian I believe I will take the TGV to Strasbourg or Milano.