Another day where the photographs reign supreme!
I love this slightly altered format of the posts from Gilliwolfe. Because the photographs are so, so beautiful.
Taken from here, as per usual, and republished for your delight with the approval of Tom and Gilliwolfe.
Day 21: Ventas de Zaffaraya to El Robedal camping area 15k
By Tom and Chica, 20th February, 2020
Written by Tom’s wife
After a relaxing day off in Zaffaraya, Day 21 dawned fair and after breakfast of tostada and jam, we headed out of town on the dismantled railway track. This nice, level start was welcome before the climb up into the hills in holm oaks, later descending into farmland, mostly vegetable cultivation – artichokes and courgettes among others. As it began to heat up to around 25 deg, I passed a honey locust tree with the longest spines I’ve seen. These are related to the false acacia which I’ve had to trim for clients in the UK – a job to be done with extreme care and robust gloves.
Lunch at around 2.30pm of scrambled eggs and asparagus, washed down with coffee and beer at Hotel Los Canos de la Alcaiceria. We then entered the National Park and enjoyed pleasant walking until 5pm when we reached the El Robedal recreative area. This is set in pine forest with views to the nearby snow-capped La Maroma mountain and offers free camping with a toilet block, running water and barbecue area. So after the tent was pitched, I lit a fire, ate a mediocre dehydrated meal and sat back to enjoy the fantastic night sky. Perfect!
I hope you good people are enjoying this walk as much as I am!
It is such a wonderful trip and they have been on their walk for very nearly three weeks!
Day twenty-two tomorrow.