Zenit Dos Infantas
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As afternoon turned into evening I made a beeline southeast
for Miranda do Douro, a historic small town on the border with Spain that
overlooks the gorge of the Douro/Duero River that forms the border between the
two countries. The town used to be the most northerly of many fortified towns
that guarded the border, but in Miranda the castle and fortifications are now
mostly in run. The Douro ...
... as I'd enjoyed the lovely sandy gravel for the last hour and hang a left and there before us is the River Elsa (the same one by the ruins a few days ago) stunning in the early morning light and can't be captured on point and shoot! Another of those memories to keep.
But before we can get there we have to negotiate the mud, the puddles, the rocks, the serious downhill - you know the ones where you see the crest and nothing below? The mud was nowhere ...
Normal start and brekky at the digs. A little bit of highway truck dodgem in the dark and once we're over the wet (bridge) we are back on dirt road. Not too tough this morning and less rocky so can walk a little more confidently.
Shortly see the lights on the windmills and honestly there must be 100 of them. Paddocks of solar panels at every town and really thinking Spain must truly embrace alternative and renewable energy. Shame on the ...
... goes a truck horn - we look up - slowing traffic and a herd of deer crossing the highway - see one run across in front of us obviously split from the herd - then the big truck pulls over. He must have hit one because he is stopped at the top of a hill causing a traffic jam - not smart but then we realise they don't have the big bull bars we do - he's probably stowed the front in. Tough expensive day for him.
By the time we get close there is an emergency vehicle there and ...
... pants! So found this neat bakery that did a good queso bocadilla and we had coffee and OJ - hand squeezed thank you very much and a vanilla slice which was soooo nice because it had a very thin chocolate topping,not the sugary yuk we get at home and probably contained half the sugar too. Polished off later with some rozado while we waited for 2:30 to rock on.
Wander down to Albergue for official opening time and there's a swag of bodies waiting to get in, some ...