Thursday, May 24, 2012

La Pola de Gordon to Poladura de la Tercia, June 13

After La Pola, we soon started heading up into the mountains.  It is great to be back in a vertical landscape.  We are mountain people, and this is where we feel most comfortable and at home.

After about 5 km we passed through the small village of Buiza, and things went quickly uphill from there.

Over the next several kilometers, we climbed steadily and gained over 500 meters in elevation.  The rock outcrops and flowers were tremendous, and as we climbed the views only improved.

The trail was sometimes rough, but very well marked and easy to follow.

Eventually we topped out at a pass and began the long descent to the valley on the opposite side.

The small village of Poladura, where we stopped for the night, has an albergue but no bars or stores for food.  There is a small inn which prepares dinners by prior arrangement, and we had fortunately called the day before.  It was the best dinner we've eaten in all our time in Spain.  We started with appetizers of ham and local cheese, then a rolled omelet with asparagus and a pepper vinaigrette sauce.  The first course was an amazing seafood lasagna, the second pork cutlets, dessert a chocolate flan.  The wine was outstanding, and we went to bed happily stuffed.
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