Daily distance: 37.2km / 23.1mi
Weather: 11 degrees, drizzle occasionally heavier rain, 10 mph north westerlies
Dove Step 3 bird list: 106 species
Best birds: first Dunnock of trip!
Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 629.5 miles
Weather was far better than the forecast persistent heavy rain and 28mph gusts. Whilst it rained almost all day it was largely drizzle and the wind was negligible. I think it was bad the other side of the mountains, but today at least we got away lightly.
We have entered the foothills of the Picos part of the Cantabrian Range and will cross the highest peaks on our route tomorrow. Handily, a chap at a bar today gave us a guide to the route we have picked-up; Rita de San Salvador. It has a terrain profile of the route and our highest point tomorrow is over 1500m – should be snow!
Rob is back and moving well – largely but not completely healed from his early stint on the walk. It’s definitely a good lift having company and makes the afternoon session in particular easier. I would previous wane mentally and have a tough time of it over the last 10km or so of each day.