Dove Step 3 – Day 18

Daily distance: 36km / 22.4mi Duration: 7:12hrs Weather: 17 degrees, blue skies, 5 mph north easterlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 103 species Best birds: Red Kite probably best going on a distinctly non birdy day – followed by perhaps Crested Lark – which are everywhere!  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 481.5 miles Daily grind today. Allowed for a leisurely start after yesterday’s full effort. Got miles … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 18

Dove Step 3 – Day 17

Daily distance: 48.7km / 30.3mi  Duration: 9.41hrs Weather: 16 degrees, blue skies, 7 mph north easterlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 103 species Best birds: Nuthatch, Azure-winged Magpies.  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 459.1 miles Started off the day with a hard ground frost, frozen puddles and a cold breeze. The dawn was absolutely stunning.  Really put myself to task today. Didn’t have a substantive break until … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 17

Dove Step 3 – Day 16

Daily distance: 35.2km / 21.9mi Duration: 08.17hrs Weather: 12 degrees, blue skies, 10 mph northerlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 102 species Best birds: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cirl Bunting and hundreds of Cranes Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 428.8miles Not sure I entirely respected the beating I took over yesterday’s 51km+ effort. By lunchtime today I was extremely fatigued and absolutely starving. The bar in the first … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 16

Dove Step 3 – Day 15

Daily distance: 50.7km / 31.5mi Duration: 10.55hrs Weather: 12 degrees, blue skies, 8 mph easterlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 100 species Best birds: Azure-winged Magpies.  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 406.9miles Colossal, landscape level movement today! Seriously, in the morning I could see distant snow topped mountains – by evening I had gone past them! No complaints as such – it’s just that the 50km / … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 15

Dove Step 3 – Day 14

Daily distance: 38.4km / 23.9mi  Duration: 08.25hrs Weather: 15 degrees, overcast – then blazing sun – then lashing down! 8 mph northerlies Dove Step 3 bird list: 100 species Best birds: Black and Egyptian Vulture  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 375.4miles Brief update as busy one. Miles went well with an unexpected river crossing! Luckily there was a local on-hand to guide me across the most sensible … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 14

Dove Step 3 – Day 13

Daily distance: 45km / 28mi  Duration: 10.11hrs Weather: 17 degrees, blue skies, 3 mph north westerlies   Dove Step 3 bird list: 97 species Best birds: GREAT BUSTARD and BLACK VULTURE!!!  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 351.5miles Today was an absolute beast. A massive adventure, enjoyable – but a pure beast.  I started shifting early mindful that I had a full day of it at the 45km … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 13

Dove Step 3 – Day 12

Daily distance: 41.2km / 25.6mi Duration: 09.01hrs Weather: 18 degrees, blue skies, 9 mph easterlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 97 species Best birds: Cranes, Spanish Sparrows and Southern Grey Shrikes Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 323.5miles Another solid day’s mileage and also pleasant time on the trail! What’s more with the generous supply of stepping stones I kept my feet dry all day too. The first … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 12

Dove Step 3 – Day 11

Daily distance: 34.3km / 21.3mi Duration: 07.58hrs Weather: 17 degrees, cloud with prolonged sunny spells, 15 mph easterlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 97 species Best birds: Spanish Sparrow, Coot and Southern Grey Shrike Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 297.9miles Teetering on 300 miles walked – indeed within an hour of tomorrow’s effort the three-ton will be broken. On Dove Step 1 Sir Robert Yaxley and myself … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 11

Dove Step 3 – Day 10

Daily distance: 44.2km / 27.5mi Duration: 09.15hrs Weather: 18 degrees, cloud with prolonged sunny spells, 3 mph easterlies  Dove Step 3 bird list: 94 species Best birds: Hoopoes, Red Kites, White Storks – pretty much the usual!  Cumulative Dove Step 3 distance: 276.6miles Today could have been the day that broke me and halted this whole epic. It was a near perfect attempt at breaking my spirit. … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 10

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 … Continue reading Dove Step 3 – Day 9