Day Four of Tom and Chica’s walk

The walk along GR7 continues

This walk is really getting under way. In day four they achieve the stretch from Los Barrios to Castillo de Castellar.

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Day 4: Los Barrios to Castillo de Castellar 15k

By Tom & Chica, 16th January, 2020

Written by Tom’s wife.

In complete contrast to yesterday, this morning there was a clear blue sky – a truly glorious day. We all set off together for the first mile or two but when I turned to go, Merlin dug his paws in and and absolutely refused to come with me. So he carried on with Tom and Chica while Arthur and I returned to the car.

Mules

Mules are still used in Spain both as personal transport and as pack animals. Here in the forest, they haul wood and cork. These two look in good condition and don’t have any of the white patches or scarring that indicates poor loading or ill-fitting harness that is often seen. Happily, it is now illegal to hobble equines (ie chain the front feet together to severely restrict movement). This is a very recent change and six years ago when we first came to this area it was a common sight. To restrict the movement of a prey animal that naturally depends on flight for survival is very cruel, in my view, so it’s good to see it dying out.

View across Algeciras to Gibraltar

Today’s route wound gently uphill past an army camp until, at the high point, there was a fantastic view across the top of Algeciras, the main port, to the rock of Gibraltar. After that it continued to through pasture and cork oaks until the enormous rubbish dump made its presence felt well before it was visible in what appeared to be a disused quarry.

Eventually, the path came out on the road, which though not very busy was less pleasant to walk on and all three members of the party were quite happy to be picked up after 15k in very warm weather.

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Keep it going, Tom. For the description of your walk is very engaging. To be honest, it is Tom’s wife, Gilliwolfe, who deserves as much credit. For without her then we would not be reveling in Tom’s walk.

6 thoughts on “Day Four of Tom and Chica’s walk

  1. Another interesting read on this leg of the journey Paul… Was horrified reading that the practice of chaining together the front legs of animals only stopped approximately six years ago… Seems not all EU Countries follow the same rules as laid down..
    Great share again Paul.. Thank you
    Enjoyed my catch up Paul… I have been busy with my knitting project while the bad weather here is keeping me indoors…
    Sending love and well wishes to you and Jeanie.. Take care of each other.. Sue 🙂

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    1. Yes, the weather is quite an issue with Hurricane Dennis coming imminently with huge amounts of rain. I hope you will be safe, warm and dry! Your love and wishes are received and, in turn, we respond similarly. Thank you, Sue.

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      1. Yes we are all good this end… Unfortunately many aren’t, and are facing floods yet again in Yorkshire and Cumbria.. We only had small problems with wind which were fixable..

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