15 July Hangover in Gijon

Yesterday was a “recovery day” for me and the bike. We also did some sightseeing in Gijon and learnt about the importance of Asturias.

I woke up late with a fairly dull hangover. You know the ones where you just walk around all day in a haze not feeling yourself, but otherwise ok.

The bike was working but we went to a bike shop called culturebike and he said it would be better to change the chain and cassette but if I didn’t I would need to “go easy” on it. Go easy? I don’t really get that concept, so I asked him if he could change it. It took him 10 mins and we looked around their cool little shop. They had some really cool stuff but were also really nice people. They gave me a discount and we had our photo together.

The rest of the day was spent in Gijon, walking by the beaches and at the “island”, the old part which is fronted by an artillery battery and a sculpture which the locals call “King Kong’s toilet”. It was kind of cool.

Pablo told us that the king of Asturias, Pelayo, after winning an important battle at Covadonga in the 8th century, drove out the moors who controlled the rest of Spain. I learnt that the moors never invaded Asturias because they couldn’t cope with all the mountains. I know how they feel!

It was so nice to stay with Pablo, Ana and their dogs, Negri and Hippie, their cat, Batman and their snake, Rojelia. Please support his cause at www.bikecanine.com or follow him on Facebook. It’s BiK9.

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