Chapter 3-Bikepacking the Altravesur-Conil to Zahora
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I set off on Saturday morning to get to Zahora. The ride back onto the route took some time, this was in urban areas, it was very windy and difficult to ride in a straight line.
When I hit the coast, I followed the coastal path towards Zahora, which then crosses a vast expanse of sandy heathland, with the ocean to my right. The wind here was crazy, I couldn’t keep the bike on the trail, I was being blown sometimes over a two metres off the trail, time and time again. It was mad!
Around two thirds of the way across this expanse I stopped at an old fort, Torre Vigía de Castilnovo, to shelter from the wind for a while. I got talking to a lovely young Spanish lady, whose name escapes me, that was also sheltering from the wind. And this is where I discovered that the heavy winds had a name! It’s called the Levante Wind, which blows from the East, through the Gibraltar Strait, and hits the Cadiz coast for ten days, a couple of times a year. And it started the day I started my ride!!