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Fourth day: El Toboso – Toledo: 131 km. 6 hours.

JL: A lot of things to tell

For example, that Israel wrote us in order to encourage us and give us a BTT route that goes from the commercial centre of Alfafar to the surroundings of Enguera, published in “Wikiloc”, by “mulet” ( in response to our routes petition to pass along to another friend of ours, Gabi  from Enguera.

With regards to our route, every day we go through many villages. All of them, included which name we ignore, have some evocative corner;  we just have to stop and take an instant to change our usual conventional and hurried look for another perspective, more able to appreciate the significance of things.

Today we suffered from our first mechanical failure and also anatomical. Approximately on kilometre 70, the back wheel pinched. It was a “nip” because the wheel was not inflated enough. A rooky mistake which made us loose 15 to 20 minutes.

The other breakdown was more dangerous. Iván’s right shoe was breaking. The pedal was perforating the sole of the shoe and in order to prevent the perforation he changed the pedal’s position and inclination. Guys, be careful with changing the position of the pedal once your legs have become accustomed to a specific pedalling position. In fact: in only two days it caused him an incipient tendonitis on the Achilles’ heel.

We searched for a physiotherapist since the pain was important and threatened to make us quit the route. Here is where the day’s beautiful anecdote comes up. Manuel García of the KYNES clinic of Toledo, knowing our story and our project, didn’t want us to pay anything. But under a condition, we have to keep him posted of our activities.

The treatment applied changed Ivan’s condition. And with the purchase of new shoes we hope that we are able to continue.  Another thing we think can help is bettering our hydration and diet. But I don’t know how Iván can improve his diet considering I have to eat at full speed, otherwise he attacks my plate too. I don’t know if you have seen the cyclone caused by the Tasmanian Devil in the cartoons when it eats……., in short, don’t forget to try the “carcamuso“.

In regard to Toledo, I don’t want to forward anything, only that you have to see it.

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