I stop for fuel near Espinilla and get a decent thankful – the attendant knows his craft. Making use of the petrol station’s shade I decide to try a can of Kas Limon, a lemony drink that’s not too fizzy and hits the spot perfectly.

Biker sits on the floor against a fence in a petrol station, looks very hot

It’s hot down here on the plain, but not as hot as it has been coming through the westerly corner of the Parque Natural Saja Besaya – 33 degrees at one point. More free range horses and cattle, none pay me the slightest bit of attention as I trickle through what must be the longest 50 kmh zone in Spain, through curve after shady curve and over another mountain pass with great views.