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Sixth day: Ávila-Toro: 156 km. 7hrs 56 min

JL: Yesterday we left the bank of the Tajo river trying to arrive today at Duero We left the Puerta Alcazar hostel first thing in the morning regretting not having more time to admire some of Avila´s gems. We suddenly discovered an important mechanic failure which obliged us to delay the departure. We had to find a workshop in order to dismantle the entire spool and the back wheel’s axle.  An amateur cyclist, a brave 71 year old man part of the Santa Teresa cyclist group, explained us how to arrive to Ubeda bike shop, where they gave us priority so that we could leave as soon as possible.

We leave Ávila at 12:00.

Then we arrived at Mingarría. Here we looked for a fountain to fill water, but two locals told us it was not drinkable water since they believed it contained arsenic (too much chemistry in agriculture?). People in small towns always seem more willing to help than city people.  They took the empty cans downhill to their houses and returned them filled with water.  We talked with them for a few minutes while we ate sandwiches at a speed never before seen. When we left, the children encouraged us from the school patio. Why does the tandem bike make everyone laugh, especially young children?

Then to Olmedo and later to Medina del Campo, where we had the pleasure to contemplate the splendid La Mota castle. But we couldn’t visit the inside, we had no time. We continued the route crossing towns like Alaejos, which from a distance, already shows its two beautiful church towers.

The wind crushed us. Finally we arrived at Toro at 22:10, with the last ray of light; luckily the days are long. We were tired and had just enough time to eat and sleep.

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