Storm and rain started in the night so I slept pretty bad. It was very cold when I woke up as well. I had breakfast in the tent and packed my stuff quickly to get started. In the beginning, there was only a little bit of rain falling and my route went through pretty villages. Soon I reached another valley, which was famous for its slate resources.
Even the fences were built with slate here. But then the first hill of the day started. When I was cycling through the Shire the days before then I just reached Mount Doom. The incline was crazy and it took me forever to get on top. Wind and rain were also getting worse again. The first 12km took almost two hours today.
The rain stopped finally and a got a better view on the valley. Then I had a slow ride down because the gravel on the road made it to dangerous to go faster. At the bottom, the road was flat again and went in the direction of the sea. Finally a bit of sunshine and a pretty village to cross were very welcome now. Even though there was a sandstorm next to the beach.
Then the road was going up to the hills again, through beautiful countryside.
Another slow ride down was waiting here (not the best road conditions). But half way, I heard the worst noise when cycling: zzzzzzzzhhh my rear tire was flat. So I changed the tube, which cost me another 30 minutes because these 20″ tires are terribly tight on the rim. And what is wrong with my gears? The hub makes so many noises. Another thing to take care of..
When I reached the next town, it was almost 16:30 and I was completely done from this day. 1300 hight meters on less than 70km with constant strong wind were just too much. And on top of that, my rear wheel was flat again. So I fixed it and checked the tire for spikes, but there was nothing wrong. Then went on for one kilometer, until it was flat again. That was depressing! I asked at a (pretty shady) hotel nearby if they had a room available but as always, everything was booked out and the owner told me that probably the whole town was booked out. When he realized that I was stuck, he offered me that I could camp in his backyard. I was impressed, how awesome people are sometimes once more. I appreciated the offer but fixed my tire one more time first. There was a campsite on the way anyways. But the tire was flat soon again. So I pushed the bike to the campsite and will have to see what to do tomorrow. I think I passed a small bike shop in the town. So seems that I am stuck for now. At least the campsite is nice so it won’t be too bad to stay here for a day longer.