Hotel Real De Barco
Travel Blogs from El Barco de Avila
... I didn't go to a look at them for a while as i suspected we had done pretty well but was afraid of the get up time. Eventually our third team member the James's wandered past to inform us our team was going well as them and us were joint first with zero marks, Roger and Steve only had 12 which could easily be made up in the coming days. I went to double check to make sure that I really did have to get up even earlier than this morning and found it was true ...
... English.We were soon settled in a lovely room with views half way to the moon! Guy sussed out strong Chilean connection of gorgeous owner (photos on wall, books on table in lounge etc) and spent pleasant half hour or so in Chilean repartee with Inigo O'Shea Prats (how's that for name!). He is Spanish but has spent considerable time in Chile - he almost built his hotel there but decided on this beautiful mountain in Spain because weather was better all year ...
... and a river. We
found a map and walking guide book for the area in the local stationary / paper
shop and after buying bread and stuff to make a sandwich carried on uphill
again to Guisando. The campsite there looks OK but the pitches are very small
with no power. It looks like we will be stopping in Clampitville.
It was all downhill on the way back so we arrived back at
the campsite in no time at all.
... distinctly cured itself and every other shop was dedicated solely to the salty meat. As parched as we were nothing could have been worse. We then faced another climb which peaked at 1202m, our highest yet and with so many pictures of high points we had to keep this one fresh with Alister pulling a wheely along side the sign. What followed was by far the most exhilarating downhill plunge we have done to date. 20km of twisting roads went by in ...
After breakfast, a cup of tea/coffee and various pastries we got ourselves packed up, getting the tents down, stuff packed only took about 15 minutes but it took almost an hour to get the Land Rover packed and the roof load strapped down, we will have to try and improve on that! A long hot drive through the deserts of central Spain, at our first Police roadblock on the motorway ...
- Room service
- Free parking