For those not familiar with the cycling term “Bonked”, it does not mean “copulating” – the term describes the point at which the cyclist has run out of energy (probably not eaten enough. This happened to me at Arcos where it took a while for food and Coca Cola to get me moving again!
Here is the map of the day.
Seville is an amazing city with great places to visit and eat, but for the cyclist, the routes in and out are full of long and difficult urban routes.
Even at 20 miles into the route things look like this – and due to the road works, tee route south from Seville may not be possible along the N road as it becomes a motorway!
At mile 30, I noticed an interesting building to the east on the 2014 tour. Today I detoured for a closer look but was none the wiser. The architecture consisting of bells and crosses indicate perhaps a place of worship, but the high security walls is interesting. the purpose being to keep people out, or perhaps in?
Mile 35 and its back to nice quiet roads with the long views.
Arcos is about 60 miles into the ride. It sits on top of a big hill and for the first time on this trip I found myself walking up the hill to the town. The load I am carrying on the bike is 8KG, so not massive. I have been up bigger hills but today I did not eat right (and perhaps a small meal last night contributed). Classic bonk. This was addressed by eating and drinking stuff containing plenty of sugar to get me to mile 75!
Not far from Paterna, is this solar plant. Unlike the Photovoltaic farms you see everywhere, this place uses parabolic mirrors to focus the sun on pipes. I assume that this creates steam to run generators.
This site is massive and I assume capable of massive production. Its also next to a dam, and I assume that at times, energy is stored by pumping water to the lake.
Opposite the solar farm is irrigation. Tomatoes and cotton seems to be a major crop in this area.