Last night I had a good walk around the old town of San Sebastián. It’s a complete labyrinth of bars. There is no way that you could have a sip in each and attempt to get home let alone a half in each one. All sell Pintxos laid out on the bar. At most they are 2 euro’s each plate – you just munch away!
As a consequence of a relaxing night I slept late for the first time but still woke up with aching legs. Like so many of the people that I’ve met on the trip the manager of the place that I’m staying at went out of her way and found me someone to sort out my tired legs. Jose is what we call a physio but here it’s an osteopath. I went over to see Jose having had breakfast pintxos on the way.
Jose used to work with one of the Spanish football teams and also the Spanish ice hockey national squad. He knew his stuff and sorted out my legs and shoulders. What a difference a few hours make. Jose advised me on my route for tomorrow and said that he would ride out with me for the first 30km (20 mile or so).
I then went to a great bike shop to get some electrolyte tablets that help with hydration – an absolute essential down here. The bike shop was called Kili. In addition to selling top end bikes, they also run bike tours of the Basque Country. They also offered advice on how to tackle tomorrow which is a combination of the two routes that I had planned. If I came here again I’d certainly recommend and use them Basque Cycling
I feel much happier as a result. Tim my companion of the last few days in France had an external battery pack the size of a house brick – which was invaluable on the two long days. I invested in a smaller version so that I don’t get stuck in the middle of Spain with no power, a flat phone and a Garmin that has died. I feel happy that I’ll get anywhere now.
I spent the afternoon in one of the small bars watching coverage of the tour with the owner and the locals. It’s quite funny to hear them jibber away in Spanish with the occasional “Chris Froome” and “Richie Porte” chucked in. They struggled with “Geriant Thomas” be then we often struggle with Welsh. Their body language suggests that Nibali is finished and that Contador will rise like a phoenix from the ashes. We’ll see.
I’m revising my view of this place. It would be a great city to come for the weekend. 2 weeks on holiday wouldn’t work for me – but we are all different. I thought that while I was here I better do one of the tourist things. There is an old castle high upon a hill that over looks the city with a statue on top of it. I couldn’t make it out from the city what is was so went for a look. The castle is like any other old building to me but the statue of Christ is impressive.
The view of the city from the top was brilliant – but in the background were the mountains that lie in my way tomorrow. No wonder Jose is heading back after 30km’s!
Oh – Donista is the Basque name for San Seb
More tomorrow from La Puebla de Argazon.