25 • San Martin

Today’s walk consisted of three steep climbs, one almost immediately on exiting Almorox, the second a few kilometers later and the third was negotiating a fire break that the path used. The last elevation was particularly difficult because it was hot and I was tired and it seem to go on forever, in fact over 7 km. A climb, in elevation, of some 850m. In spite of the challenging route, the path was uniquely beautiful with a mix, initially, of small holdings, then pine tree plantations and bush that seemed almost identical to that of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Tomorrow is even more of a climb and after today’s experience, I’m debating whether I can manage the 33.4 km to San Bartolommeo de Pinares, so I’m thinking of doing half of the walk which is about 17 or 18 km and then the second part the following day. I’ll decide when I arrive in Cebreros.