Sunday, 10 February 2019

Ruta Trans-Cabrera, Sierra Cabrera, Almeria | Espania 2019

The main route ascends a ridge as we continue to climb..
An amazing weekend so far.. 😄

The Sierra Cabrera, near Mojácar.. the starting point for this trip is Sopalmo..

The start of the track, just beyond Sopalmo..

Climbing the first slopes into a desert/mountain landscape..

I turn to look back after a steep curve..

Hazy views expand outwards toward the Mediterranean..

We stopped for lunch and a walk just off the main route..

Spanish cycling team in training near the summit geo-point..

The view from the 960m summit.. There's now an ugly military radar station up here which speaks automatically through a loudspeaker if you get too close. There's also generators and fans going so it too noisy to stay the night.. Amazing views in all directions though, including right down to Cabo de Gata in the south east - I could see the two extinct volcanos at Los Escullos.

The Altimeter app is quite accurate 👌🏻

This descent is very steep, at 30% gradient.. 
I had the van in low range with hubs unlocked using 2nd gear low to support the brakes on the way down..

We descended to this great spot to camp for the night, or two!

Rio enjoying his freedom at the 500m camp..

I enjoy the view from my van step..

The sunrise on Saturday morning..

Clouds drifting in from the sea on a morning breeze..

Sunrise sets the Hiace aglow!

Out walking on Saturday, I pause to take in the view from another angle..

Can you spot the Hiace?

Route information and map from Wikiloc..

Thanks to Kay and Gerry Kay for recommending this trip to me, it's been well worth it 👍🏻
Now that I am up here I will explore more of the walks 
and move to another camp spot when I find the best one..
We will complete the route right down the north side to Turre on Monday, perhaps..

See you soon! 👋🏻










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