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Lots of *vuelta* -- returns (or loops) --
First, we managed to find our way to a turn on La Vuelta, the Spanish bike tour, equivalent to the Tour de France, in Mora de Rubielos. (Don't be fooled, there's also a town called Rubielos de Mora a few kilometers away.) We arrived about 30 minutes before the action. A small crowd had already gathered. Soon the advance cars, police, and helicopters arrived. And then the bikers! They certainly don't care where you are ...
... very little traffic on the road. Between Valencia and Teruel the landscape is very flat and arid, almost desert-like with the occasional high point littered with massive wind turbines. As we approached Zaragosa the hillside was dotted with two hundred or more of these wind turbines hypnotically spinning.
Video Girl had wanted to visit Zaragoza for a number of years so she was very excited to be finally arriving in the ...
The car park was below the hotel which was pasted to the side of the hill. Our room overlooked the valley so we were able to see that the bikes were all ok. The trip organisers had hired a couple of locals to keep watch all night so no problems encountered with bikes being messed with. Spent some time in the evening walking around the old part of town and visiting the castle at the top of the hill.
... We set off from the public gardens on what we thought was a nice flat riverside path.
We crossed the river on a small wobbly suspension bridge and were soon scrambling up steps carved into the rocks, down again by a mill, ...
... on the rocks and then found from a signpost that we were on the GR10, the long distance walking route which crosses the Iberian Peninsula from the Spanish coast to somewhere near Lisbon.
What did you do on holiday? - Oh we went walking on the GR10!!!
After about 3km the path entered deep pinewoods so we decided to turn back, but ...