Consuegra, Almagro Santa Elena

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Camping Despenaperros

Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time to leave Toledo today. We were both awake rather early so decided to just pack up and get going. We did not have far to go but that did not matter. It seemed pointless just to hang around and wait, besides Charlie was dying to have a go in her new boots.Said our goodbyes once again and left the camp site. Our first stop was to be the town of Consuegra which is well known in Spain for the windmills. All this is Don Quijote country. Off all the places and sights you can ponder along this way, the malinos de vientos ( windmills ) are the most obvious, for it was these monstrous giants that so haunted El Quijote and with which he tried to battle.They flank the 12th century castle which is still being restored. All these mills have ben named,  the first one being called Bolero. the second one has been transformed into the local tourist office and canteen. You can also climb the steps to the top of the mindmill. All these mills were used for grinding flour during their productive time. We parked Charlie at the bottom of the road and walked all the way uphill to the castle. It was to early to be able to enter the castle. It seems that  a few rooms have been done up to show how the knights would have lived. A very interesting little stop over.
Next destination Almagro, about another 50 km from where we were. good roads all the way again. We had picked out the caravan park there last night and intended to stop for the night however Charlie did not like it and absolutely refused to enter the gates. Just not good enough for her. There are supposed to be lots of historical buildings in the town, we did not find this out because the streets were all cobbled stones and very very old so gave up after about a couple of km and got out of there. What we saw was pretty and we were satisfied enough with that. Just carried on untill this place here which is in the middle of nowhere really. The drive to here was very scenic with lots of wheat fields, vineyards and olive groves, sometimes all three on the same patch. Also a section of the road was marked as a scenic route, lots of rugged and very high country. good to see. Spain realy is beautiful and always full of surprises. The park we are at suited Charlie very well, good facilities and very few people here. The full season here does not start for another week or so. Once again warm and sunny, we average about 30 degrees every day and the nights cool off very nicely as well.
Good day again today, tomorrow we are going to Granada and will stay there for a few nights. Hitting the big city again.

To our lovely Tinka Taylor who has had a pretty rough tme, we heard about your next step towards getting better, Mum told us. Well done Tinka, Rick and I are so very proud of you and love you to 
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