Valverde del CaminoApril 1 in Spain
The land on today's journey changed back to that red ochre earth that plants find difficult to colonise and consequently it bakes under the hot Spanish sun. The town of Valverde del Camino provided a free aire with services, on its outskirts next to a small patch of allotments and opposite a field of lush grass that a tethered spotted horse was doing its best to munch through. We'd passed a great number of horses on the drive and several more were ridden by the van during our stay.
The Valverde aire seemed to be most popular with the Brits who made up the majority of vans. Our neighbours were friendly and mentioned that a section of the Via Verde was accessible from the other side of town. We'd hoped to cycle on this well known route when we were with Cath and Paul, but the stretch we were within reach of had closed for restoration. We decided to take the tandem for a short spin and once we reached the tarmaced track we were very impressed. Built on land originally intended for a railway, gradients were minimal, which suited us well! We were both enjoying the ride but after a while the tendons on the sole of Will's foot began to ache; something he recognises as a sign to stop or risk tearing them. Unfortunately as we turned around the gear cable came out of its connection, so we needed to spend 10 minutes fixing it. All the same, when we got back to the van we'd had a fun time and were very happy we'd managed a short outing on the Via Verde.Read more