Sunday, November 17, 2019

Days 199-203

5 day running total: 191.3
Trip total: 4,608.1

I tried to make a big push the last couple of days to get to Madrid on time for their Sunday flea market called El Rastro. I unfortunately didn’t make it by 3pm and missed it.

It rained on me most of the day and traffic towards the city was hellacious.
I arrived in Madrid between 515-530.
I am staying in a hostel for the night (the cheapest I could find) and it’s still almost 70usd.....

Averaging 38 miles over the last 5 days has showed me that if I want something I’ll put the work in regardless if its raining and freezing. It also shows that just because I want something doesn’t mean I’m going to get it because I still didn’t make it in time.

Madrid seems like a beautiful city. I arrived once the sun had started going down, but the buildings have lots of character and the streets are busy with life. Even in the rain people eat outside!?

I found a grocery store, (didn’t take much searching it’s pretty much below my hostel) and was able to get a few drinks and some pasta to stock up on.
I found a new tent and propane tank at a mountain climbing store also. It was expensive but I think it’ll be worth not waking up in water. Now to try and find new shoes but if I can’t I won’t let it hold me back and I’ll just put more miles on the ones I have on.

I found a store called Taste of America and I have to admit, highly disappointed in what they think American food is....but the locals and tourist seemed to love it.

My next goal is to get to Bordeaux, France. Originally it was planned for my birthday but the hold up in Lisbon will have me a few days short. Either way, I look forward to the wonderful food that city has to offer! It’s approx. 420 miles from where I am now or 14 days if all goes smoothly.

Thanks for following the journey!
Hope to post pictures tomorrow of Madrid since it’s dark out now.

***Be the light in their darkest moment***

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