Category Archives: Cycling

Time to Conquer Cabo de Gata

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I’m off on a mountain bike trip around the Cabo de Gata, a Natural Park in Spain’s Almeria province. The park is unique within Europe, being comprised of an arid, volcanic landscape, sea-cliffs, volcanic sierra’s and a coastal plain of extensive dunes, stony plateau, small lagoons and salt-pans.

Decidedly Rough

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Sometimes things do get decidedly rough. Fortunately this didn’t block our path, but was a little comedic nonetheless. Once past this the track really did get beyond a bicycle, and ignoring the waymarkers along what appeared to be good track we came to a point where the cliff had fallen and it was necessary to indulge in some proper portage…. Read more »

Roughing It Between Los Escallos and San Jose

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Pouring over the maps last night, it appeared that the track between Los Escallos (where we are camped) and San Jose would be fairly straightforward. We had walked the first couple of kms our first evening here. However it quickly deteriorated into some interesting rough stuff. Walking has been necessary, and even a little portage on some scrabbly slopes. But… Read more »

Elche to Alicante by Bike

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A very agreeable day out on the bikes from Elche to Alicante and back along a cycle path (a lovely 4 metre wide one, perfectly tarmaced). Sun shine all day, although a slight nip in the air which meant you needed to stay in the sunshine, but I got most of the way through the day in a sleeveless cycling… Read more »

Ojos Negros – Tunnel Vision

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Having made the decision to come all the way back, it was interesting passing by the spot I had stayed at last night, and those I’d sussed out as possibles for the return, each one further committing me to making it back or face the prospect of a scramble in the undergrowth trying to find an acceptable pitch in this… Read more »

Ojos Negros – Aragon’s Amazing Hills

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As you cross the border between Valencia and Aragon there are some amazing rock formations, particularly the colours. I’ve decided I will make it back to base tonight, the downhill is so much easier than the uphill! Making good progress, it will be dark when I get there but not by much.

Ojos Negros – On the Way Back

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I’ve decided to head back rather than go all the war to the end of the line. I was probably about 15-20 miles short but by the time you do that again to come back, it would have taken the fun out of it. Up here on the plateau there are very few places that you could comfortably pitch a… Read more »

Ojos Negros – Nothing for Miles, Then Mad Max

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Ok, so Teruel turned out to be a disappointment. All there was were old station buildings and no town. It was there somewhere off to one side buried amongst some unhealthy looking industry. So no provisions for now but still have something to keep me going. Caudé was the next place. It that had nothing apart from some toothless farmers… Read more »

Ojos Negros – A Fresh Start

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Woke up about 5:30am and a little chilly but not too bad. More to do with the hard floor. For the most part I was warm enough but could have done with something extra on the legs. After a brief climb I passed over the highest point of the Puerto de Escandon and finally I have a downhill stretch. Twice… Read more »

Ojos Negros – A Tale of Two Viaducts

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The picture shows viaducts built for both the new (left) and old (right) railway lines spanning opposite ends of a small valley. The old railway line then disappears into a fairly long tunnel, about 400 metres long (just out of shot on the left of the picture). Unfortunately the automatic lighting wasn’t working well. I was obviously triggering sensors as… Read more »