23rd Day – 23 Dia

bandeira portugal

O dia tinha tudo para correr bem, o pequeno-almoço tinha sido bombástico…bolachas e doces com fartura, por isso rebentou depressa! O regresso ao centro de Bilbao foi direitinho a um supermercado para reabastecer os dois poderosos motores da tandem.  Era suposto chover até às catorze horas e depois parar, no entanto começou a chover de mansinho a partir do meio dia, altura em que demos fogo aos motores que só pararam quando chegámos quase à noite à porta do albergue onde um voluntário estava a colar uma folha branca que tinha escrito a esferográfica: “Albergue completo”.

Aquela subida de mais de vinte quilómetros de Guernika para Markina, sempre a levar com chuva tinha-nos desgastado. Mas a noite acabou por ser tranquila no convento dos Padres Carmelitas, ainda que tenhamos dormido no chão, num espaço reduzido e nuns colchões  improvisados para nós.

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inglaterra bandera

The day started with the prediction that it would be a great day. Our breakfast, not the usual instant oats and sandwiches but rather some biscuits and jam, resulted in an explosion of instant energy that would finish soon! Going back to the centre of Bilbao we went straight to a supermarket to find something that would actually fill the two motors of the tandem. We were told that it would rain until 2pm, but then it wouldn’t rain more, however, when we started cycling at 12pm, it also started raining a little bit, only stopping at the end of the day, when we arrived to the pilgrims hostel and saw the host putting a paper on the door where we could read “We’re full”.

Going up the hill for more than twenty kilometers with constant rain, from Guernika to Markina, got us super tired. The night ended up being quite quiet on the Monastery of the Carmelitas, even though we had to sleep on the floor, on a space with mattresses that were improvised so that we could sleep there.

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