A poor start leaving Cuidad Real, in the form of a piece of wire puncturing R´s tyre, heralded a day of frustration with punctures. Altogether, we stopped 3 times to put in a new inner tube, adding to our collection of holed ones that "we´ll fix tonight". That´s not even counting the numerous times we stopped to re-pump the tyres with more optimism than expectation. Hmm, we should not really run short of spare tubes in one day!
What should have been a short day was further lengthened as things got worse. At Valdepeñas, we spent a fruitless hour or two, including a small diversion on to the autovia sliproad, searching for a campsite that we were eventually told had closed sometime between 2 and 5 years ago! So much for our guide to Spanish campsites.
Bizarrely, the only restaurant we could find that was open was a Chinese one - something of a strange meal with which to sample the local wine. We´ve noticed throughout rural Spain that Chinese restaurants seem to be the only nationality´s cuisine that is available other than Spanish.
Never mind...tomorrow should be a (w)hole new day.
Day 78.6km (Total 719.2km)