The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Friday 3 November 2017

Friday 3 November - Picos de Liérganes - Fail

A shufty around last night resulted in me finding a route up into the hills which sit the nearest to Liérganes. They're quite distinctive:

We duly set off this morning and all went well until the point where it felt like we were thrashing around in someone's garden, searching for the onwards path. We may have found it, but if so, it was so overgrown with brambles as to put it firmly into the 'not worth the bother' category.

We abandoned, backtracked a small distance and settled instead on a low-level circuit to take us back to town.

A different view of our original objective, taken from the riverside track

Coming in at 4.7 miles with around 450' of ascent, it didn't take up much of the day, which was no bad thing, as in celebration of our wedding anniversary, we were heading out for lunch. We do love a 'Menu del dia', and today's offering involved three courses, a bottle of wine, a bottle of water and a basket of bread for €12 each. A bit more expensive than the €9 we paid in Lanestosa the other day, but then this was better quality. Mick had particular food envy over my starter:

Both the contents of the bowl and of the serving dish in the centre of table comprised my starter. I resisted eating all of it in view of having another two courses to come!

This afternoon I had another shufty around t'interweb and found a slightly different route up those same hills, but alas, we won't get a second bite of the cherry on this trip. The motorhome parking here has a 48-hour limit and we exceeded that this morning*, so we really will have to move on tomorrow. With a poor weather forecast, a sore foot and an imminent visit to a city, things could go quiet here for a few days now.

(*We have a reasonably relaxed attitude to overstaying by one night in places when it is out of season when there is clearly no competition for motorhome spaces. We are not taking up a space that someone else wants.)


  1. You seem to have established and enviable way of life.

  2. Phew! I’ve caught up. I agree with Conrad. Have fun!

    1. Fun is definitely being had. Even the walks that are less-than-ideal beat sitting on the sofa at home!