Day 184: Mazarrón to Águilas

Tuesday October 4, 2005, 51 km (32 miles) – Total so far: 11,309 km (7,027 miles)

Six months ago today we left a soggy wet Chesham. Blimey, that went quick!

I’m still feeling very under the weather. The ulcers are still preventing me from eating properly so we didn’t attempt too much today. Today we rode up a great wide valley with mountains either side of us before returning to the coast at Águilas.

The car is king? Our ‘Lonely Planet’ guide did say that Spain was not ideal for cycle touring, but it seems that it is just not possible to cycle around some parts of the country. To get to the next big town, Almería, we will have to use one of two stretches of motorway, or go off-road through the desert. The Tourist Office people agreed that there is no other way through, and pointed out that it is not legal to cycle down motorways. Have we finally come unstuck?

The almost desert-like landscape

The almost desert-like landscape

The olive trees seem to thrive in these conditions

The olive trees seem to thrive in these conditions

Tough cycling through these hills

Tough cycling through these hills

The sandy beach at Águilas

The sandy beach at Águilas

Hotel Madrid, cheap food and a bed in Águilas

Hotel Madrid, cheap food and a bed in Águilas

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