Tarifa to Alcalá de los Gazules

Tarifa to Alcalá de los Gazules

Arriving in Spain ðŸ‡ªðŸ‡¸ and contented with been back on European soil! Why? Well, it may not contain as many nappies floating in water courses as the country 🇲🇦 across the Strait of Gibraltar! And perhaps, not likely to have a national pastime of ‘stone throwing’! We hope!

We had borne what is classed as a fast ferry â›´ï¸ which obviously went slow! But that’s not a problem, why hurry? Not likely to be completing the crossing again! We hope!

The next few nights are spent at a commercial-touring-caravan-site a few kilometers out of town. Only went there as, didn’t know were else to go! With no supplies as yet, a good a place as any to get ones bearings. Pitched up in a secluded corner as far away from anyone as was feasibly possible! Ended up been a quiet place anyhow. Will find out later, not all campgrounds are equal in Spain!

Start proper of the European leg. Where will I be camping? I don’t know! Only foresight is head north-easterly towards France. That’s all the planning taken care of!

Meandered along exceptionally quiet back roads. Some in dire state of repairs. More third-world country than first! But then, Spain is enduring a dyer ðŸ’¶ economic period. So infrastructure ðŸ›£ï¸ generally suffers!

The first puncture of the journey. Fixed and back on my way. Five minutes later, second puncture of the journey! Second was due to not clearing out the tack still embedded in the tyre from the first puncture. School boy error! 

Looking good for water in Spain. ‘Agua No Tratada’ … Untreated Water. Probably spring water. Threw a chlorine tab for good measure.

First wild camping in Spain/Europe ðŸ•ï¸ More stealth camping than anything as fences abound everywhere. Didn’t break or climb over any fences. But still felt like stealth camping anyhow. 

More empty back roads. Some closed to traffic. The state of upkeep was so terrible I could even park my bike in some cracks or in some cases nearly loose it in the cracks!

500 kms completed.

Spain has 7600 kms of Vías Verdes (greenways) . Old disused railway lines that have been recovered and reconditioned for use by walkers ðŸš¶â€â™‚️ and cyclists ðŸšµâ€â™‚️ It’s a case of finding ones that’ll slot in with my north-easterly route.

For the third nights stop, decided to use a camp ground. It was a moderate detour and ended up been noisy. It seems the Spanish like camp grounds, but they’re revered more like holiday resorts ðŸŽ‰ ðŸ» than peaceful escapes!

Photos generally shot with a Samsung EX1 24-72mm f/1.8 and a Nokia Lumia N9 phone as back-up.

 

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