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... off up the Vereda. It's nearly 5.30pm and, wherever they're going, they haven't a hope of getting to the nearest Refugio before it gets dark. Either they're going very well equipped for an evening stroll, or the Spanish equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award is very tough!
The Vereda is a great walk up a fantastic valley with sutnning scenery - especially on a day like today with blue skies and snow on the mountains. Well worth doing again, despite that torrent!
... should bring a hard helmet when you do this walk! There's also a magnificent old chestnut tree, clinging to the ground just above the path. It's called El Abuelo, "the grandfather". Eventually, I'm back at the road and walking through tunnels (rather than crossing suspension bridges) to get back to my car. It's a place well worth returning to, in order to do the remaining sections of the Vereda up to the mines - but next time I think I'll make sure my GPS is working first!
... to have a good look around. Must say that everyone was very friendly and greeted us with the usual hello or 'hola' in spanish of course. You do not get that response in the bigger places so it was special for us. We asked various people where the post box was situated and each and everyone of them told us where it was, but we still could not find it. You see we expected it to be in a logical location and felt a bit silly for not being able to find it. Gave up in the end, stopped in ...
... anywhere near here!
The path brings me out near the Collado de Agua - a broad flat area between the peaks of Orduna and Penon de la Cruz. The snow-covered Sierra Nevada can be clearly seen from here, but I'm looking south so the sun is blinding and it's not much good for photographs.
After a rest at the Col, I make a start on the Penon. I'm about half way up it, when more cyclists start to arrive at the Col - about 40 of them! They've ...
... tock, time to play the waiting game - again). We have been finding that we have to think ahead to weekends in Spain, for the hostels tend to get booked up faster, like we experienced in Malaga, and the times of public transportation usually get slashed in half. Siesta times too, we´ve had to become conscious of them, and still, it is a strange notion to me that places get shut down for a couple of hours each day in the afternoon when I´m so ...
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