OK, now we know why some people choose to bike or even skip the Meseta. I’m glad we didn’t, but it is, indeed, a long, hot stretch of nothing but crops, dust and flies. I am a big believer in the notion that you find what you’re looking for, so Donna and I made a point of looking for things that we could be grateful for.
Trees! Yesterday was sans trees. Today we had a decent stretch of tree-lined trekking. Breeze! It was in the high 70s today, and the perspiration streams turned our clothing into swamp coolers when the breezes blew through. Today was a relatively short day of 17k. Around 10K we finally found an oasis in the form of an entrepreneur who set up a rest stop with a barbecue and cold drinks.