I’ve been on the road for a week now, and yesterday was my first day off from my Helpx duties.
Since I’ve been very busy planning my next moves I hadn’t even thought about taking time off, but my hosts encouraged me to go out for the day.
From all the possible things I could do around Alozaina, I chose to head to El Burgo to find a bathing spot by Turón River that seemed to be nice.
There isn’t much public transport connecting these towns, so I had to take the only available buses to get there and come back. This means that I took the 9:15 bus from Alozaina to El Burgo.
The road is VERY winding, so when I got off at my stop (just outside El Burgo), I had to take a moment to recover from the dizziness and the strong throwing-up feeling I had.
After breathing deeply for few minutes I started walking towards the river. There is a very clear sign (the blue one on the photo) that you have to follow to get to the path.
This is the view of “El Burgo” from the main road.
Once you get to the beginning of the path, you see this sign that marks the whole hiking route. It’s 18 km. in total, but the place I went to is located only 2.5 km. away.
Then you just walk (mostly under the sun) while enjoying the views and the typical architecture from Andalusia.
It was still early so it wasn’t as hot as it looks.
It took me about 30 minutes to get there, but it could be done faster if you don’t stop for pictures.
I finally arrived!!! And it was so early (at least for locals) that there wasn’t anybody. I had the whole place for myself. Yay!!!
After walking around all the small paths that surrounded “El Dique”, I decided to take a plunge in this refreshing clear-water pool.
The water was quite cold but it was just what I needed —It can get really hot during summer on this part of the map!
After swimming, I had to lay down under the sun for a bit. You can see a bit of my sarong from Bali in the photo.
And then it was time for snacks and selfies!
When it got too hot I moved under the shade and read Pearl Buck’s “A Bridge For Passing” for a while… until families with children started coming and the place got too noisy.
I started to walk back and took some photos along the road. This one is from the path you have to take down the river to get to the bathing area.
And I took this one from a bit further up on the main path when I thought I was going to find another nice spot to get to the water… until I realized it was too hot for more adventures and turned around to go back to the town.
A few minutes later I ran across this little (but HUGE! fella).
Then something magical happened: a very kind couple of travelers that were passing by on their car offered me a lift to the town, where this post ends and the next one will start ;-).