Abla

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Have spent the last four days walking through some very varied landscapes. Everything from beautiful beaches to endless stretches of plastic greenhouses. Everything from inspiring to mindlessly dull. 🙂
A bit distressing is the amount of rubbish spread through some areas. A lot of plastic bottles, cans and glass is just thrown next to the road or any free area at all. Spain really gets to get some kind of refund system working for pet bottles…
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Just before I reached Almeria, I suffered my first major mechanical problem. Nearly all the spokes on one of the wheels had become loose, two of them finally falling free and getting tangled in the frame.
I should have noticed earlier, but had been listening to audio books all day…
Not a major problem, just sat down and tightened the loose spokes. I’ve respoked many a wheels before, from bicycle to motorcycle and even the odd English sports car. But I will be adding a proper spoke key to the toolkit, do not enjoy using an adjustable wrench on the tiny, soft spoke nipples.
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Ate out in Almeria and was given a small, fried fish to try. Tasted ok, nothing special but it did look rather disturbing. Looking at me with an accusing stare!
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Left Almeria and headed into the mountains, towards Granada. Spent yesterday walking through some grand scenery, only problem was that it was uphill most of the way and into a headwind.
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Found a nice place to camp, just off the road and as the sky looked clear and the forecast was good, I decided to skip the tent and sleep under the stars.
It was a beautiful night but a bit cold even though I was using both of my sleeping bags, the thermal liner and was wearing clothes. Worth it, but it took a long time to get warm in the morning.
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Today has been a hard day. Walking all day into a cold, strong headwind. Though I have only covered about 30km, I’m pretty tired. Was planning to sleep under the stars again tonight, but I am even higher in the mountains (about 900m) and as the evening has progressed, it has gotten colder and colder. Luckily, I found a cheap room in the small town of Abla and am looking forward to a great nights sleep, I need it!
🙂
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