el Chorro, Again!

Having had such an amazing time, this time last year – me and Don Simon opted to come back to enjoy the sunshine and the great climbing that this part of Spain offers, with our good friend Jonny ‘2 Pies’ joining us this time around. Having flown previously we opted to drive, taking the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, driving through the night, arriving this morning.

day1

It was a long long journey, probably a little too long as we left London at Noon on Friday, arriving at the Olive Branch Guest House this morning (Sunday 22nd @10am) shattered. The sea crossing was very bumpy though not unexpected as the Bay of Biscay is famed for being rough at the best of times and sailing across late December meant we were bouncing all over the place – we convinced Don Simon that the straps holding his mattress were in actual fact safety straps for when you went to sleep – he duly tied himself into bed much to the hilarity of myself and Jonny ‘2 Pies’!

day 1 tug

Arriving late Saturday evening we motored through Spain, down through the middle of country, passing Madrid on the West – the roads were empty and we made good progress with the final fifty miles being particularly special as the sun rose causing spectacular views across the mountains. We arrived in El Chorro mid morning this morning, shattered but exhilarated at being back here.

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We’ve already met several friends from last year and we’re off this evening to our favourite tapas bar for dinner before getting up nice and early tomorrow to begin climbing. Oh, we’ve also been overrun by mountain goats – hundreds descended upon our tents eating all the foliage, I’m surprised to still have a tent!

day1 2

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