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From Toledo to Ciudad Real is an area called Castilla de La Mancha, which is most famous for the book Don Quixote de La Mancha, which was a farce about a man who believes he is a knight and goes off on adventures. It is considered one of the greatest literary works of all time.
In an area where there is really nothing but a few windmills and miles and miles of nothing but fields and dust, the writer did well to come up with a story at all.
So now onto my own farcical adventure….. I left Toledo, and I was up much earlier to beat the sun, and was on the road by 7am. I looked for a way to get to the N401 to Ciudad Real without spending any time on a busy autopista. I climbed up a hill but the route I wanted to take went through a restricted access military hospital. As i couldn’t go through, the road led me back down the other side of the hill which joined….the autopista. Fortunately it was early and there were very few cars on the road. When I turned off onto the normal road, the I passed fields of dry wheat, or trees and dust, I stopped to take a photo of a ruined castle on a hill.
During the day there wasnt much to see. I passed windmills on hills.
Don Quixote fought the windmills because he thought they were giants. My battle was with the clock. I was racing against the clock to try to avoid the heat in the afternoon. Also I found that there were no towns, restaurants or bars. Between 2pm and 6pm the heat was intense and when I eventually reached a Petrol station, I soaked everything in water including my cycling cap. An ice lolly, water and a cold Aquarius cooled me down and the nice lady at the petrol station let me sit down inside the air conditioned petrol station. She said that the ride tomorrow would be easier because there were more towns after Ciudad Real.
I arrived in Ciudad Real at around 6pm, and the temperature was 43 degrees. So I hoped she was correct.