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[OM] Nathan's PAD 12/6/2022: a bike ride

Subject: [OM] Nathan's PAD 12/6/2022: a bike ride
From: Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2022 21:01:33 +0200
I will be unable to cycle for a week, since tomorrow morning I have an early 
meeting and on Tuesday morning I depart for a business trip to my favourite 
country, Denmark, where I will stay until Sunday but with no time for cycling. 
So today I wanted to do a proper ride, and I decided to go to the Carrasqueta 
mountain pass, a good 35 km climb from sea level where I live to 1020 meters. 
Once you leave the coast, temperatures here are on the wrong side of 40C (104F 
in imperial money) so the key was to leave early, around 8:15, to make sure 
that any climbing would be done before it got seriously hot.

About 6 km from the pass there is a roadside bar called Venta Teresa where I 
always stop for a Coke and a snack. Part of the attraction (aside from the fact 
that this is the ONLY such facility during the last 15 km of the climb) are the 
funny decorations they have:

Including this “weather station” which I have translated in the caption:

The owner came out to greet me while I was taking the preceding photos:

After enjoying my snack (an empanadilla de atún) I got back on the bike and 
climbed the remaining 300 meters over 6 km. The views from the pass never get 

The buildings on the coast are Alicante (to the right) and El Campello (where I 
live) to the left.

Then I got back on the bike and let gravity to its thing to get me home. After 
uploading my ride to Garmin Connect, I saw that the maximum temperature reached 
42C. No wonder I have been thirsty all day.


Nathan Wajsman



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