Dove Step 3 – Day 9

Daily distance: 38.1km / 23.7mi

Duration: 07.26hrs

Weather: 7 degrees, sunny spells giving way to showers at end of day, 4 mph southerlies 

Dove Step 3 bird list: 94 species

Best bird: Red Kite

Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 240.1miles

Aside from a few km either side of Fuente de Cantos then arriving into Villafranca de los Barros I spent the whole day road-side, on the generous hard shoulder of the N630. Roadsides have advantages; efficient way to clock miles and you can generally see your target some distance away from reaching it. They also have donwsides; traffic (although it has to be said Spanish drivers are very friendly and considerate), unforgiving surface and camber. 

Rainbow over Villafranca de los Barros as I approached

The camber in particular, after literally hundreds of thousands of steps, starts to niggle. That much foot-fall with one leg slightly longer/ shorter than the other does take its toll. As such my ligaments/ tendons in the left leg are complaining a little. Nothing serious, but I am looking forward to getting some more off-road miles in to compensate.

After the vicious weather and lively terrain of the last couple of days it was nice to get a rapid days effort in and maximum recovery. The day was unexpectedly shorter due to an issue on the route of the Via de la Plata to Zafra. This re-routed to the Villafranca de los Barros road – where I am staying tonight. So I just kept on it! I was astonished that a re-route would cause a reduction in daily mileage – the last one certainly did not! A welcome surprise and aiming for Mérida tomorrow.

Has to be said the Hostel I am staying in is aces, have a peek yourself if you’re interested, photos at top of this link.

Also, here’s another link worth having a look at, maybe send to a wealthy aunt? Or offload some company cash before the financial year end? Or dump some burdensome monies ahead of a pre-nuptial or settlement agreement?

Whatever really; Dove Step 3 JustGiving


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