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TDP2021: Day4 – San Sebastian – Miranda de Ebro – TWIKE bliss

Yet another night of full sleep and no distractions sees me wake up like a freshly born baby. Ahh!

My day starts around 0830 – heading out to the square just a few steps away from my hotel I sit at a small bar and order the usual set everybody else around me is also having.

The best way to start a day in Spain!

The best way to start a day in Spain!

 

Besides the very buttery croissant that is distinctly different to the ones in France, having a freshly pressed orange juice and a cafe con leche does make the day start very smoothly. Especially if consumed slowly and whilst watching life go by on the square.

I have my laptop with me to read some news and start writing on an entry for this blog.

Time just flies by and it is time to get back to the hotel, check out of my comfy room and pack my TWIKE for a very short (compared to my last few days) trip to Miranda de Ebro. The route I’ve chosen for today will take me along Spain’s northern shore to Bilbao and then cross the foothills of the Pyrenees to the plateau on which Miranda de Ebro is located.

Off we go! The day promises to be beautiful!

Within a few km I’m cruising along the coast and am already in maximum relaxation mode.

TWIKE bliss along Spain's northern coast

TWIKE bliss along Spain’s northern coast

 

On days and driving along roads like this it is really difficult not to stop every few km to take pictures.

The road ahead

The road ahead

 

Eventually, I take a hard left turn and it’s time to start climbing from 0m ASL to around 900m

Some serious climbing ahead!

Some serious climbing ahead!

 

Today I’ve decided to see how much serious pedaling will contribute to my overall consumption – #gogogo!

It got really steep in places

It got really steep in places

 

See me pedaling and pushing hard in the video below! I was drenched in sweat but a happy camper nevertheless.

 

Eventually, I reached the first, higher plateau and decided to head to Ullibari Gamboa Lake and get a small helping of single-lane roads today. It was really worth it! Beautiful views and photo opportunities everywhere.

Ullibari Gamboa Lake

Ullibari Gamboa Lake

 

Just showing one of the photo opportunities here:

TWIKE peeking into picture

TWIKE peeking into picture

 

Perfect weather, perfect location and another iconic pic of TW560.

Nice place, nice vehicle

Nice place, nice vehicle

 

The village of Ullibari with the old church is definitely worth a visit.

Ullibari's Iglesia de San Andrés - the mountains I crossed earlier in the background

Ullibari’s Iglesia de San Andrés – the mountains I crossed earlier in the background

 

Without any time pressure, heading towards Miranda sees me driving through a landscape that looks like >1500m in Switzerland…at ~700m – air temperature remains high and above 30°C but is much less humid than closer to the sea.

Distinct alpline feeling at >700m

Distinct alpine feeling at >700m

 

On the last 20 km, the road is at a slight incline and takes me back down to around 500m above sea level.

Coasting down to Miranda de Ebro

Coasting down to Miranda de Ebro

 

I check into my hotel, set up my charge and take a well-earned shower after all the pedaling and associated sweating.

My multi-coloured parking/charging place for the night

My multi-coloured parking/charging place for the night

 

With over 3 hours left until my family arrives – they are driving here directly from Switzerland – I start my evening in the hotel lounge with a generous amount of water and add a G&T to support my creativity whilst writing another entry for this blog.

Waiting for my family and enjoying the evening whilst writing an entry

Waiting for my family and enjoying the evening whilst writing an entry

 

The TV in the lobby did give me an idea that my wife and I will have to expect 35-36°C tomorrow when driving toward Portugal’s border. We haven’t planned yet to where exactly we will be driving but it will be a longer distance above 350km in any case.

It's definitely going to be hot tomorrow

It’s definitely going to be hot tomorrow

 

Eventually, with some delay, my family arrives. They check-in and freshen up. Our young adults veg-out on the surprisingly fast hotel WiFi whilst my wife and I drink our first G&T of our vacation.

My family has arrived

My family has arrived

 

We then coax our young ones out of their rooms to join us for some local food in town.

Miranda de Ebro turns out to be quite beautiful – especially in the fading light of the day.

Sunset over Miranda de Ebro

Sunset over Miranda de Ebro

 

We find a small and local place that serves tapas and other local specialties at acceptable prices and settle for some more drinks and food.

Our first evening out

Our first evening out

 

For me and my wife Boquerones are a must – we used to eat them 24 years ago when we lived in Spain and still love them today. We associate them with careless life in summer.

Boquerones en vinagre

Boquerones en vinagre

 

We stay out late and get back to our room tired and ready for a new TWIKE adventure together: the first leg of our drive to Southern Portugal tomorrow morning.

With this, let’s get to the stats and GPS track for today.

Today's short trip

Today’s short trip

…all the pedaling really paid off! >500m higher than the start and still at 36Wh/km!

GPS track day 4

GPS track day 4