Day 28: Niguelas to Lanjaron 19k

Authors note: With Chica seemingly recovered, we finally left Jimera on Sunday and took the caravan over to Orgiva, a town in the Alpajaras area below the Sierra Nevada. After a day to reorientate, Tom is back on the trail taking Merlin to give Chica one more recovery day. Gill dropped us off on theContinue reading “Day 28: Niguelas to Lanjaron 19k”

Sweet Home Jimera

On Sunday, we said goodbye to what has become our second home in Spain. It is three years since we spent more than a few days here and we remember now why we fell in love with the area in the first place. Jimera de Libar is one of the numerous pueblos blancos (white villages)Continue reading “Sweet Home Jimera”

Day 26 & 27: Jayena (El Bacal) to Albunuelas 32k

Another perfect morning and I took my time, re-lighting the fire to defrost both me and my socks. Ate my porridge and set off at 10.30 through more of the same as yesterday: up hills through the pines and down dry river valleys (probably good kayaking to be had here when it finally rains enough).Continue reading “Day 26 & 27: Jayena (El Bacal) to Albunuelas 32k”

Day 25: Arenas del Rey (Rio Anales) to Jayena (El Bacal) 16k

As I woke in the morning, I was greeted by a couple of squirrels who ran by the tent, up a little tree and gawked at me. Clearly, not convinced about what they saw, they did another circuit and came back for second look. No doubt, this wouldn’t have happened if Chica had been withContinue reading “Day 25: Arenas del Rey (Rio Anales) to Jayena (El Bacal) 16k”

Day 24: Camp site* to Arenas del Rey and beyond 17k

Woke this morning to find hoar frost on inner and outer of the tent fly sheet. Porridge made for a warming breakfast along with strong coffee and parrots (sic. He means paracetamol. Ed). As I was packing up, I was joined by marauding dogs, two of which decided to follow me all day to theContinue reading “Day 24: Camp site* to Arenas del Rey and beyond 17k”

Day 23: Alhama de Granada to camp position* 10k

Although Chica is much better and Merlin a very willing substitute, the forecast suggested quite high daytime temperatures so we decided it was best that I do a stretch on my own to try and make up lost time. I caught the early train from Jimera to Granada where I got a tram to theContinue reading “Day 23: Alhama de Granada to camp position* 10k”

Day 22: El Robedal to Alhama de Granada (including emergency car ride) 10k

I woke as the sun hit the tent and Chica sat outside soaking up the warmth while I had a leisurely breakfast and packed up. It was 11ish before we set off up the track. More evidence of sap bleeding before we came across some processionary caterpillars on the march. We know about these nastyContinue reading “Day 22: El Robedal to Alhama de Granada (including emergency car ride) 10k”

Day 21: Ventas de Zaffaraya to El Robedal camping area 15k

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 courgettesContinue reading “Day 21: Ventas de Zaffaraya to El Robedal camping area 15k”

Day 20: Alfarnatejo to Ventas de Zaffaraya 18k (inc deviation)

We had a very long but really enjoyable day today. Unfortunately, I took a wrong turn early on, which meant a lot more mileage and hill climbing to get back to where we should have been. However, it was interesting and I got to meet lots of people including a chap from Derbyshire who gaveContinue reading “Day 20: Alfarnatejo to Ventas de Zaffaraya 18k (inc deviation)”