This past long hot Summer has been exhausting..in part due to the protracted heat that we have suffered, but also as a result of the high frequency of relatively strenuous outdoor activity that we have engaged in. Day-hiking, rock-climbing, biking, sleeping out overnight in the mountains, archery sessions in the forest – with homemade bows and arrows – and usually combined with biking, rope games in the trees, scrambling on rock ridges..you name it, we do it. My son not being so little anymore – he turned eight in July – means that the range and scope of activities we can take on is ever less restricted. The day when it’s me who can’t keep up looms ahead!
As an example of an activity that many an adult – and not just the clinically unfit – might think twice about undertaking is the bike ride that features in the video below: from our house in Cercedilla to the mountain pass of Puerto de Fuenfría and back, 26km round trip with just over 700m of elevation gain.