Feb 6, 2013

Distance today = 53.92 km; Total distance = 16,109.93 km; Location = Toledo – 39 51.706′ N, 04 01.615′ W; Start time = 0919, Finish time = 1738


Another day of perfect weather for running, with sunny skies and a wind at my back all the way. It was quite hilly, and the downhills took a toll on my legs late in the day.

Carmel had to help a local at about the 30 km mark. While she was stopped, a woman asked her if she’d drive to her to a petrol station down the road, as her car was empty. Carmel willingly obliged. At the end of the episode, we had a quick photo session with Myriam and her jerry can of petrol.

We had a very nice stay last night at the Posada la Reja in the town of Malpica da Tajo. The place is run by another lovely Myriam. The food is fantastic, and you couldn’t get a friendlier place to stay.

I concluded the day in Toledo. This is one of Spain’s special gems. Once one of the country’s most important cities, it is now famous as the former home of the artist El Greco, and Lladro fine porcelain. The place is still so original, with walls intact right around the town, and buildings as they’ve looked for hundreds of years. It is an absolute must for any tourist to Spain.

PS Today I passed the 10,000 mile mark for the journey so far.