Spain part 2: Riglos and Alquezar

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Valle de Rodellar

Flag of Spain  , Aragon,
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hola again from a rapidly cooling Spain!

Sam: We have spent the last few weeks back in Rodellar. When we arrived here, we both had a cold, so instead of returning to the Refugio bunkhouse, we've been living it up in our very own apartment. It is probably the nicest long-term accommodation we've stayed in since leaving home. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living area. Every room has heating and there is a fabulous reception area which has a great bar, beautiful couches, a fireplace, wifi, great coffee and a small shop. (Lee: just a small step up from our days in the tent. This place reminds me of a ski lodge.)

Friends we met in the States a couple of months ago (Alex and Magali) came here for about 10 days and we had a ball hanging out with them (Lee: This was the couple who cooked Aussie lamb for us in Salt Lake). A highlight was our visit to Riglos, a small town famous for its conglomerate towers. Riglos is about 1.5 hours from here, so on 26 October, we got up extremely early (by Spanish standards) at 6:30am and made the drive to the town with a plan to climb a famous (and physically demanding) 300m route called “Fiesta De Los Biceps”. When we arrived, it was 2 degrees outside and the wind was howling. (Lee: I did the walk-in in thongs and had pretty frozen feet by the time we arrived at the base). Luckily, once we got about 50m off the ground, the wind died down and we climbed happily in the sun for the next six or so hours. We all successfully made it to the top and I still proclaim this to be the hardest thing I have ever physically done. Every muscle in my body was hurting two days later.

As part of our recovery plan (i.e. me needing a break from all climbing-related activities), we decided to hit the road and explore some more of this beautiful region of Spain. Last week, we spent a day in Alquezar, a small medieval town situated on a limestone outcrop that features an amazing castle, cobblestone streets, some great restaurants and breathtaking scenery. You must park your car on the outskirts and wander through the town on foot. Our three course lunch here was definitely memorable... shellfish pasta, asparagus quiche, chicken stew, suckling pig and home-made plum pudding!

We now have about two weeks left in Spain, which is probably fortunate given the weather predictions.... apparently it is going to snow here on Monday! Perhaps we should start looking for materials from which we can craft a snowboard (or at least some chains for the car)? We'll keep you posted!
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Dad on

Wow is the only word I can think of. Whata great place to be. Love the sound of the grastonomic feast of Shellfish Pasta + other courses. Thank goodness you are climbing so much otherwise you both be coming back little porkers.
C U Dad and Robyn

Colin & Julie Young on

I definitely know you won't want to go back to work, I think the travel bug has hit big time I get excited every time I read where you have been. Stay safe.
Love Col & JulieXXX

Mum on

Lovely pics from Spain guys - I pass the time here at work gazing enviously at all the photos and transporting myself and Steve to your locations.
Can't wait to see the next leg of the adventure - keep them coming! xxxx

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