Are you scared of tiny little spiders?
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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As we cycled through the familiar farming landscapes, we saw huge tarantulas on the road. We had seen a couple over the last few days but now they were out in huge numbers. We probably saw about 15 over the course of the day. I'm not usually scared of spiders, but these were huge, black, hairy tarantulas, that would run across the road and under our wheels. Each time I shuddered at the thought of one of them being flicked up by my wheel, on to my leg or something. Kory, of course, didn't help my concerns, by repeatedly shouting out “it's on your pannier” or “you have a tarantula on your shoulder/hair/back” over the course of the day. It was probably the most gross thing that we have seen on this trip, along with loads of dead snakes that have been squashed into the road. I suspect it was the farmers harvesting the fields that drove all of the spiders and snakes out on to the road, but it didn't make the idea of a quick pee by the side of the road any more inviting. I was very brave though and stopped to take a couple of photos of them, even though I was convinced they were going to run up my leg.
Even though there was little traffic on the road, the going was slow because of the rolling hills and the wind in our faces
As we arrived into the town, we saw a sign showing camping was available on the outskirts of town. We loaded up on treats at the supermarket, (yoghurt, milk, juice, meat, beer) and headed to the campground, that was again by the river. There were a couple of people fishing but no one else was staying the night. The owners were almost falling over themselves to see if we needed anything or if they could help us at all. They just didn't seem to understand that we didn't need tables or chairs or that we were happy to eat our dinner by the river, sitting on the grass. This seemed fine for us and I generally prefer the idea of keeping things simple and camping with only the bare essentials. Or at least I did until kory reminded me about the tarantulas, and then sitting on the grass in the dark, seemed like asking for trouble. Hopefully the tent is secure over night.