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The Mines of Ojos Negros

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A view of the mine workings at Ojos Negros, Aragon

After an early start for the sunrise over the Sierra Menera (which was slightly spoilt by clouds that built quickly with the suns rise), it was time for a wander around the mines at Ojos Negros. It was so lovely to get here after stopping the cycle trip short of the target. I’m still kicking myself for not actually doing… Read more »

The Return to Ojos Negros

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The Emblase de Entrepeños, at Sacedón, Castille-Le Mancha

Today was to mark the return to the Via Verdes de las Ojos Negros, most of which I cycled back in January. I didn’t make it quite to the end at the time, to the mines themselves at the head of the old railway line, at Ojos Negros. As I was heading broadly in that direction to get to Zaragoza,… 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 »

Ojos Negros – A Desirable Residence

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Came across this desirable little pad but sadly a little too early in the day. It might serve well for tomorrow night on the return journey. It had a working door, a complete roof (though probably not watertight) and a fireplace! It’s even got a patio and a well in the garden! Plenty of evidence that people had stayed before,… Read more »

Ojos Negros – My Room For The Night

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Well, here it is, no expense spared, my luxury accommodation for the night. It’s a little hermit hovel built into the side of a cutting. The modern railway runs about 20 metres behind it so it might be a little noisy if they run freight all night. As I type a two carriage passenger train has just gone past, and… Read more »