9th April 2013

I awoke early in my wild camp in Jayaena, with the bird song and sunrise. I had a (very) quick wash in the cold mountain stream, brewed up some tea, and broke camp by 9.30. The days cycling was gorgeous again; warm sunshine, cool air and pine forests. I saw almost no-one all day..just one bloke in a 4×4 and through the trees a goat-herder. If you want a bit of solitude, this really is the place to go. It was totally silent on the hill tops – no wind, little bird song, no traffic and no people. 

On the other hand, if you don’t want solitude, could could go up there and make love all day and no-one would see you. (I know this won’t appeal to all of you as some prefer the risk of being seen…;-)

In the video below I say I am going to Niguelas; in fact I don’t make it that far. I get to Albunuelas and throw in the towel.

I get talking too a nice chap called Dean who is there too seek solitude and think (came to the right place then) and so I give up biking for the day and take a room at Dave and Lorna’s lovely B&B.

They are a very friendly and helpful couple – they let me store my bike in their cellar, dry my tent in their roof-top, and provide great wifi and breakfast. You can see from the picture that the house leans a bit – a result of an earthquake in the early 1900’s.

I spend the evening chatting too Dean and we watch Malaga being thrashed by Dortmund in the European Championship. There was some local unhappiness and we leave before things turn ugly…

Published by jhalstead1

This is my blog of my trip around Spain, off road, on my mountain bike. The story is told in full in my book "Three Wheels on my Bicycle", available on Amazon in Kindle or hardback.

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