Day 6 – Zamora to Cangas de Onis
Riding out in warmth and bright sunshine, we encountered the same straight roads we had come in on the previous day. After the first coffee stop, the roads became more interesting again, and we soon found ourselves on the winding and majestic roads up to Riano, situated by a beautiful lake.
After lunch, we continued into the heart of the Picos, riding up and down winding roads with breath-taking views. Some of the road surface near the summit was under repair with new tarmac and tarmac strips, which gave more than one rider an anxious moment! The ride down the far side took in several 180 degree bends with a magnificent landscape opening up before us.
Following our afternoon coffee stop, we rode the famous ‘Pots and Pans’ road through a twisty gulley. Turning left at Panes, we continued on a beautiful, curvy road all the way to our last hotel, and what a treat it is! The Parador is another converted monastery, set in beautiful grounds of lawns and flower beds at different levels. Parking had been arranged for all of our bikes and we were soon settling down for a relaxing drink before dinner; those experiencing the local gin and tonics were very relaxed indeed! A fabulous last dinner was experienced with much laughter and everybody recounting memorable tales of our wonderful tour.