It had been raining for over 1 week. On the morning of stage 7 the Sun finally appeared. I’m writing this post the morning of Stage 8 and will not be spending much time on this blog post as it’s a beautiful sunny day with 20 degrees Celsius temperatures and an ocean that’s calling to me.
Yesterday was a hard stage at nearly 140 kilometers with a significant amount of climbing towards the end. The ground has not dried out so there’s still plenty of mud and the bikes were unrecognizable at finish line. We saw a significant number of mechanical failures again today. There was another case of friends towing another rider when his free hub locked up. Having ridden this stage in 2013 and barely finishing it I can’t imagine pulling somebody else along and making it to the finish line.
My day was full of pigs, pelicans and picking up a rider that did not finish the stage.
The group’s mood has lightened greatly and there was much rejoicing last night. I was surprised to find several unopened beers this morning, alongside the country’s flower.
See you at the beach!