Our third day took us from Fuente de Cantos to Mérida, just over 100 kilometers. After two days with a lot of climbing, this was an easier day. We had some serious slopes, but most of the track was mildly going up and down. For Dutch cyclist it’s still rather hilly.
Most of the day we cycled between wine yards and endless fields with olive trees, often a combination of the two. Other than I am used to from France, the wineyards are enormous, as far as the eye reaches. That also means that we were riding through a shadeless country. Apart from a few villages, we had no shade for a full day. And this is only what they call spring!
Going further North we expect cooler weather.
The scenery may be slightly duller than during the past days, at the same time it gives a good impression of the vastness of the country.
Mérida is a bigger city with an old history. It’s also called the Spanish Rome because of all its Roman history. We entered Mérida over this Roman bridge, which in the Roman time provided a connection to Lisbon and Andalusia.
Mérida is also a very Spanish place. Having dinner befor 8.30pm is extremely uncivilised. They just don’t understand you. They don’t understand us anyway, because nobody speaks English at all. Not a word. As if they don’t realize that somewhere in the world people don’t speak Spanish. We met one waiter who tried to speak it. He served us an excellent menu with regional pork meat.
The next challenge is to find breakfast around 7am. Fortunately we have a fall-back plan.