Cycling il Primitivo, Day 4
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
559Trip End Ongoing
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GPS Link - Lugo to Melide
Distance Travelled - 49.1 Klms
Total Travelled - 259.6 Klms
Now I was worried about leaving my bike outside, and when I got to it, the front tyre was down and the quick release was loose. So all I could think was that somebody had tried to steal it and when they couldn't, they let the front down. Nice !!! I pumped up the tyre, put the seat and rack on, and went slowly out the city.
Now Lugo is built oon a hill. You go up to get in, and all the way down on the way out, however, there was another huge uphill to negotiate !!! Up the top, the 5K mark, I looked down and noticed that I did not have my drink bottle !!! Fuck it !!! I wasn't going back for the up/downs so I carried on regardless.
At the 15K mark, I caught the Portuguese guy, and we rode together until San Roman. Previously, we had taken the Roman rd, it is two Ks shorter, but up/down, so I told him I wasn't going that way, and said goodbye.
The official route had a few hills, but it was also pretty fast, so I belted along until I came to the little Roman bridge. I was shooting away when the Portuguese guy came along. We swapped names in a mixture of languages, and then took off. 5Ks later, he pulled over to remove clothes as the sun was belting down, so he bid me a Bom Caminho. I told him that he would catch me, and I moved on.
Not long after, I came upon a hill, so I pushed !!!
On the way down, I felt the rear being a little funny, pulled over and noticed that the tyre was going down, so I pumped it up and carried on. As it was now on the road, I belted along and it didn't take long before Melide arrived. I lined up with the rest until the albergue opened and claimed a spot.
After quick shower, I went out to the local pulperia as this town is famous for pulpo. I sat with a Spanish cyclist and we had a convo with out two languages and we both agreed that cycling the camino is a lonely game.
Needing a new drink bottle, I asked at the tourist information if there were any bike shops in town and I was told, sorry, there are none. I went walking and found two !!!
Back at the albergue, my rear tyre had gone down, so I swapped the tube out. As the day wore on, I decided to go to bed at nine as I was dead, but this being Melide, it's impossible to get any sleep, but once the lights went out ten, unlike time we were here, where nobody shut the fuck up, people kept quite and actually went to sleep !!!
But I have decided, if I do another camino, I am not staying in Melide ever again !!!