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Fifth day: Toledo – Avila, 142km, 8:38” hours.

IVAN: Day of contrasts, we experienced intense temperatures without any wind, and now it’s very cold because of the Gredos Mountain’s air which still has some snowy peaks.  From the most difficult and “slow” climb to the fastest descend at 70km/h, which considering we are carrying a trailer, is a lot to say. From the most difficult moment, knowing at midday what was still ahead of us, since we were not even halfway (and we woke up at 7 a.m), to the most pleasant moment of the trip, with the semi bath in the reservoir near Barraco, birthplace of cyclists : Ángel Arroyo, “Chava” Jimenez, Ángel Mancebo and Carlos Sastre were born here.  In fact, the day had this profile… ( 2245 m of accumulated climbs)

and it went almost like this…

At 8:10 a.m. we were in front of the Puerta Bisagra de Toledo, in 1 hour and a half we had progressed a lot in our route and seen off the Tajo without stopping to appreciate its beauty. 15 minutes later we experienced the first blow-out, the bottom wheel exploded, as if it was a sniper. We discovered the perfect explosion; we checked the tire but didn’t find anything. We then changed it and continued.

After 30 minutes we checked the wheel’s pressure and discovered why the other one exploded, a fissure in the tire. So we have to make a second change, this time of the tire in the same petrol station. We have only one tire and one chamber so we implored the apostle to help us.

We continued and we began our first climb of the day. The best were the views, this area is a zone of castles which are particularly cared, bearing in mind the origin of the Toledo route and Ávila. I don’t think it is necessary to add anything more. In any case, I’m posting photos of these beautiful places

Finally, and after the lunch, we began the second climbing of 1,000 meters of altitude which began in the 98km of the day. This climb passed through Barraco, hometown of famous athletes and cycling joys. This doesn’t surprise me because of the beautiful and difficult landscapes for its practise, but the best has been the break in the swamp situated at its base. Believe me, it is one of the most special areas of Spain according to my modest point of view.

There is nothing else, tomorrow Toro awaits use. Let’s see if we are capable of carrying out a good stage  and are able to arrive to the first dig. Greetings!

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