Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Andalucia hiking day 2: Trevelez -> Mecina

After heading back into Trevelez to find breakfast (the campground restaurant wasn't going to open until 9:00 or something ridiculous like that), we spent longer than planned finding a place to pick up lunch stuff.

We left town at 9:30 and headed up to the ridge (~1800m) along a path that was mainly through pine and grass. Quite green, not so Coe anymore. We did a nice little -200m/+200m thing across a canyon that wasn't indicated on the official height profile for the hike. This wasn't particularly strenuous, and it was clear on the topo map, but it is kind of irritating to be expecting a level hike and get a height change that large. Along the way we spent some time on a dirt road where we encountered a group of younger cows who were clearly not particularly used to hikers. We ended up "chasing" them along the road for a while until the path forked off to the side.

After about 4 hours (including a break for lunch) we hit the first white village of the day: Busquistar (1156m). We wander around town for a bit and then head off along the GR-142 to Ferreirola. The terrain is now completely different: exposed rock, steep drops, etc. We round a corner and see five new white villages all at once. Five! (Ferreirola, Fondales, Mecinilla, Mecina, Pitres). We continue along to Ferreirola (1005m) and then to Mecina (~1000m, 4:00). After dropping our bags off at the hostal/restaurant L'Atelier, we wander around until 5:30 then head back to our very nice flat where we cleanup and rest a bit before dinner.

Dinner is excellent. Greg was a bit worried after seeing the number of ersatz meat dishes on the list of starters when we checked in ("oh no, it's one of those vegetarian restaurants"); but the full menu, particularly the daily specials, aren't so self conscious. Just nicely done vegetarian food. After all the meat of the previous days, it's really nice to eat a good quantity of vegetables.

Looking back to Busquistar

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