Tineo to Santiago de Compostela
Today we left our hotel in Tineo in lovely sunshine, despite the weather apps on our phones saying that we were in for a lot of rain!
Heading out of Tineo we were treated to mile after mile of traffic free roads with superb bends, each one better than the last, meandering up the mountain side and following the route of the Pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela. As we climbed higher and higher we got nearer to the looming clouds at the top, which looked as though they would engulf us in their wake. Once in the clouds my heart sank a little as the views would be severely obstructed, but my wishing for good weather must have paid off as no sooner as we were in the clouds, they made off to reveal the most beautiful scenic views you could imagine.
As we headed down the twisty bends it was fun to see everyone at one point or another stopping to take in the sights. Some riders had open faced helmets and I could see the smiles that went from ear to ear.
Dinner today was near Touro and it did not disappoint, with a large 3 course meal on offer for a small 10 Euros. A selection of food was available and left everyone full and wanting a siesta!
It was then off to our coffee stop, about an hour away. The warm sunshine that had followed us all day turned it up a notch providing us with 26 ½ degree heat to ride in, which was glorious as we headed into the national park. After a huge cold drink to rehydrate, we made our 45 minute journey to the bustling city of Santiago de Compostella. Our route took us through the quiet meandering roads before popping out in the south of the city. By this time the temperature had got to 27 degrees and although when riding it was pleasant, as soon as we stopped we could not get our riding jackets off quick enough!!
As I arrived at the hotel John and Dave appeared having changed clothes, with arms full of cleaning products! They promptly set to work on washing and polishing their Kawasaki sports bikes ready for the next day! That’s some dedication right there!
The beauty of staying in a bustling city is that whatever food you want, it is available somewhere and in abundance. As we all headed out on foot, some found a lovely restaurant where we could have the obligatory steaks, while others headed for the traditional tapas bar.
As with any city there is always something going on and tonight was no exception! In the square by the cathedral, there was a concert that entertained the crowds well into the night. Thankfully this entertainment was far enough away from the hotel that it didn’t disturb our much needed rest!