These are about places where we only arrive from a certain direction or, the sole existing way – where return is likely to be through the same path. Spaces with special attributes and feelings, something inherently beautiful, quiet, desolate: the senses of peripheral remoteness and its ecologies. A lost mountain village at the end of the road, another traverse of the peninsula towards the west end…a cycling tour work down to Granada; the centre of France, Casablanca…boundless mental spaces.
The rest of spring – More cool “favela” life – the Brazilian crew, Mark “Busby”, Primo, Petra, Pollo, Yann and Manu – in the parking lot; Kalandraka stopovers and friendly faces; quest for dry tufas and all the possible sends in a wet Rodellar – winds and random rains. Start of a climbing rest month. Reverse route, entry tests to the climbing guide certification in Alquézar. Lone 1000km driving, Cascais for a night and, back to Spain amidst bicycle logistics, road cycling, 13 clients, two amazing working colleagues; Alentejo, Estremadura and Andaluzian countrysides, gastronomies, history…Granada – Cascais. Chill! In the meantime, a one month drift in the capitale of Auvergne at Vincent & Alicia’s place, visit at Puy des Goules, good cheese, yoga sessions, cycling in Bordeaux, walk on the dunes of Lacanau and a small business trip to Casablanca. The blog drifters meet again!
Begining of summer: good and simple coastal food (A.K.A. portuguese fish…) – way tastier after being away for a long while (9 months); family, lifelong close friends, a few litoral rocks and loads of wave lenghts – the perfect recovering drink.
Rodellar, the road ends, the canyon’s caves and overhangs start; a friendly village tops these out…
“Gis” in Tú que siempre nos esperas, Gran Boveda.
Rewarming – for another route – with late light on the screw slope of a windy Ventanas sector: the Canadians, myself, Lucas and Primo.
Berta Marti rehearsing the moves of Botanics. Late, heavy, spring rains soaked most of Rodellar’s routes leaving not much space for choice; I had to change the chip and make an effort to concentrate and stick to this climb manufactured holds, unnatural line (sending it 7th go); anyway, thanks to the openers for such a dry option! Other hardest sends: The Kings of Metal, Montserrat (2nd), Via del Kim, A Crabita (2nd), El lado Oscuro de la Fuerza (2nd), Coliseum (OS), Maskoking (L2).
Emotional geographies; driving from Rodellar to Cascais. The usual, average 1000km across the peninsula; the border of Spain/Portugal, a portuguese coffee appeal; the cork forest (montado) of Alentejo, beginning of the Atlantic influence and scents; arriving to Lisbon and, finally – home landscape – Guincho, Cabo-da-Roca and Sintra.
Terracotta Journeys team: Luís, Pedro and I. Ph. Eva
Guiding The Alentejo to Andalusia tour. “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best…” – Ernest Hemingway
Enough resting period: “let’s go CLIMBING!” Ph. Hélène
Hélène bouldering at Zavial.
Summer morning glass; Coca-Cola Surf’s on!
Castelinho, always an excelent base camp…experimenting ground for international artistry, reconstruction works, Diogo’s bio farming, familiar relations, practical knowledge…
Depart to the Alps delayed cause of engine refrigeration problems; time to cool down in Sintra’s shady boulders: Filipino attempting Prison Break.
Gabriel sorting things out; he’s part of our traveling logistics and, not an unpleasant person to spend time with. Muito obrigado Bilito!