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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Esquivias Read no further if Cervantes or Don Quijote aren't your bag, I've developed a rather trainspotter-ish trait on the subject since setting out on the Sureste a few years ago. Firstly Esquivias is the devil of a place to reach by public transport on a weekend. The best I could do was...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Yes I did BP but I'm old school. With a camera as I don't have a mobile phone with such sorcery. When I get home I'll upload the best ones to Flickr. If you send me your email address I'll make sure you get an invite, but it'll be at least a couple ok weeks. Alfín del Camino
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Fuentes to Cuenca (Day Eight) Just as you leave Fuentes, on your left amongst the trees you may spot the titanosaurus if you are lucky. It's quite shy but it's a magnificent specimen. I gather many bones of the cretaceous age have been found in this part of Spain. Two or three kilometres...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Monteagudo de las Salinas to Fuentes (Day Seven) The Castillo at Monteagudo de las Salinas is only a few hundred metres further on from El Rincon de Sandra. But in truth it is far more impressive from a distance than close at hand. All that remain are the outer walls and they are in a rather...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    There was evidence of three bars in the village. One down at the bottom (Abuela?), one in the middle of the village, which as you say looked closed since the Sixties, and one on the road. Sandra told me some days it's open, some days it's closed. It wasn't my lucky day. But the shop had all the...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Campillo de Altobuey to Monteaguado de las Salinas (Day Six) Disappointed to say that there was no ghost. What self-respecting ghost would haunt a Polideportivo anyway? Some odd and persistent noises but I put those down to a large building cooling down and contracting throughout the night. I...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Villarta to Campillo de Altobuey (Day Five) Another longish but very pleasant day's walk. Until Granja de Iniesta it's vineyards all the way. Beyond Granja the vineyards slowly give way first to fields of wheat and cereal, empty at this time of year but beautifully ploughed, then pine and oak...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Having looked at the photo again. Maybe it's Jorquera rather Alcala de Jucar? The other photos are certainly Alcala de Jucar.
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Thanks for the article, Pegerina2000. Very interesting. Perhaps Spain's Little Canyon would be more accurate, but it is stunning. The leading photo is a little misleading. Through some sort of fish-eye lense? It makes it look as though church and Castillo are at a similar elevation. The other...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Alcala de Jucar to Villarta (Day Four) Near enough 40 kms today, so a bit head down and left right, left right. Once out of the gorge at Alcala de Jucar (another good reason to overnight there is to tackle the ascent with fresh legs and in the cool of morning) it's as flat as a pancake and...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Alatoz to Alcala de Jucar (Day Three) Well as it happens KinkyOne I was on that stuff this morning at breakfast. Satur, the hospitalero, wouldn't let me leave his bar until we had raised a glass to the Camino. I felt all Spanish for a short moment, propping up the bar with my chupito amongst...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Alpera to Alatoz (Day Two) It's been said before but this really is a beautiful and relaxing stretch. I should imagine that for those who have set off from Alicante and are on Day 6 it is almost a day of respite. The gradient is mostly flat and the well graded trail a joy to walk on. So...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Almansa to Alpera (Day One). I had hoped to walk over the Sierra de Mugron rather than around it on this occasion. My IGN map clearly has a graded track of some kind indicated on it. I'd done a little forward planning - to no success. Internet and various Google maps were of no help. Nor was...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    I am finding some of it to be boring repetitive slapstick style of comedy, and other parts to be engrossing tales of love and suspense, with interesting historical context. Only 79 Chapters to go! Sounds very much like the Camino ;-) Remember there are two books published ten years apart. You...
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    Ruta de la Lana (and some Quijote/Cervantes)

    Setting out tomorrow from Almansa. For reasons of time I'm only going to walk as far as Cuenca this year (I've already walked previously from Alicante to Almansa on the Sureste). I hope to complete the Ruta de la Lana, as far as Burgos, next year. I'll be using the Sagrada Trinidad of the IGN...
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    Adios Moabs

    My Merrells enjoying their retirement. Soon to be joined by my Mammuts.
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    BP starts from Alicante, version 3.0!

    Finally caught up with reading this thread. Great stuff Bad Pilgrim. Informative and very amusing. As per my recent post, aiming to start out on La Ruta de la Lana at the end of September. I only have 10 days, which includes getting there and getting out again. I've walked Alicante to Almansa...
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    Camino Debrita's First Book is OUT!

    Yep. Me too. I just downloaded it. Been to Cambodia twice but not in the 90s. 2004 was the first time. Khmers Rouges still exert an unhealthy fascination on me. Very much looking forward to reading it. Alfin del Asfalto
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    Ruta del Argar

    In summary: There is practically no Peregrino-style accommodation on this Camino and unless you are carrying a tent options are limited as to the length of each stage. You will, therefore, need deep pockets. Typically about 30.00 euros per night. The cheapest accommodation I came across was...
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    Voie de Soulac, Frances, Finisterra, Ingles, De La Plata, Sureste/Levante, Manchego, Ruta del Argar.

    Voie de Soulac, Frances, Finisterra, Ingles, De La Plata, Sureste/Levante, Manchego, Ruta del Argar.

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