79-05.08.-Mo-La Palma-Lepe

I didn’t sleep well because it was very hot and I didn’t want to use the AC the whole time.

I got up at 7 to avoid the great heat. And hit the road at 07:45 after a breakfast in the hotel bar.

Soon I stopped and put on the primaloft and the buff on my head. It was about 20 degrees centigrade.

Very interesting is the range between top and lowest temperature of nearly 20 degrees. 20 in the morning and 38 in the afternoon. Maybe comparable to the desert because on the bald farmland the temperature cannot be stored!?

I made good progress and arrived at Huelva at about 11 am. In the pedestrian zone I drunk a bear bought suncream at the pharmacy and as I saw a supermarket also my lunch meal. Than I went on cycling but after a few minutes had to cross a parc and decided to do the lunch break here because the time was nearly noon.

So I faced the oppressive head again. But on the last 15 kilometers headwinds occurred. Some gusts were hot like a firewall but the more I went the more nippy the gusts became. Yes, I was at the Atlantic sea again.

I arrived in the hotel at 4 pm. Now I lay on the bed dressed with a t-shirt and covered with a blanket.

A Roman Bridge at Niebla.
Puente Romano de Niebla.
My newest security tool a flashing light that every driver sees me.
Castillo de Niebla.
77 km from La Palma del Condado to Lepe in 8 hours. GT 4.062 km.

78-04.08.-Su-Seville-La Palma del Condado

The weather warning for today was 4 degrees hotter than the day before.

Nevertheless it was cloudy until midday.

It took some time to leave Seville. I sometimes followed the wrong bike paths and than I was looking for a 1.500 year old cactus that was shown in my map but couldn’t find.

The plan was to go to La Palma del Condado about 60 km. Finally I drove 82 km because of the detours in Seville and because of a intentional diversion to see solar power plants. That was really great but very hot.

I had done some easy climbs. As I arrived at the edge to drive downwards again I saw a kind of a tower or pillar with a strong light on top. Immediately I thought this could be a solar power tower and it was. It was able to go there very closely. I estimate the tower was 200 meters away and the mirrors only 10 meters.

I was really excited 😉 Already in Almería I tried to see the solar power tower but it was to far outside.

And now randomly I was in the center. On German Wikipedia the cover picture shows P10 and P20 in Andalucia I visited today. There is also information on Wikipedia under „P10 solar power plant“ (also German). The annual output is 23 GWh.

I had only some crackers to eat and every market was closed.

As I came back to the main road with less traffic it was really hot. So I cycled from 3 to 6 pm with a cerveza pause at a bar along the road. And some breaks under rarely seen trees. That helped a lot.

Now I have to wait until 9 pm to get something to eat.

The canal in Seville with an rowboat.
River Guadalquivir.
The first view to the solar power tower.
I was astonished to come so close to the plant.
The mirrors in front seems to be another system.
Only with the glacier glasses it was possible to see the light.
P10
I heard the adjustment of the mirrors.
Solanova 1. It wasn’t possible to look into the light.
Here the system with parabolic mirrors is used.
Solanova 3.
This building and information was on the main road.
View back from the main road with some cows on the dry and hot field.
Nearly all of today’s way was straight road.
From Seville to La Palma del Condado in about 8 hours with 82 kilometers. GT 3.985 km.

77-03.08.-Sa-Seville

This night I slept very well. Last night was loud. Firstly I dismantled the fridge because it was so loudly clattering. But there was still a fan on although the AC was off. I switched off the two fuses but it kept clattering. I couldn’t find.

The next day I asked the receptionist. He sent the handyman who couldn’t find too 😉

So I got another room. Here it is wonderfully silent 🙂

Sightseeing in Seville.

Catedral de Sevilla.
A cab wheel.
The main entrance.
42 meters high and with a ground floor of 115 by 76 meters and rectangle because it was built on the remains of the Mesquite Mayor that was built by the Arabs in the 12th century.
It has 32 pillars and 5 naves and 9 transepts.
Built from 1401 to 1519.
Organ.
The silvery altar.
The chorus. In the middle the desk for these huge books.
Holy Mary with her son. The statue is made of alabaster. Here a detail….
…. And here the big picture.
One of two organs.
Holy Francis enlightenment.
The coffin with Christopher Columbus‘ remainings.
On the painting Saint Christopher the buckler of the travelers.
The coffin carried by the four Spanish kingdoms.
The main altars retable. Nearly unbelievable what great things human is able to do.
Giralda. Formerly the minaret.
The orange garden. For the mosque it was used for washing rituals.
Gothic.
No stairs but ramps that messages could be delivered quickly by horse riders. 34 ramps in total.
24 bells.
Pelayo Bar de Tapas. Delicious 🙂
Awning helps to keep people cool 😉
Fantastic music here. So waiting time is dancing time 😉

76-02.08.-Fr-Seville

Sightseeing at Seville.

Not river Guadalquivir but Canal Alfons XIII parallel to it.
I booked a guided boat tour on a solar-power-driven boat. The boat was nice the guide a disaster.
The feathered leaves show that this is the palisander tree or Jacaranda and not dalbergia 😉
And here the other sort of palisander correctly Dalbergia. Its timber is fine wood with different colors used especially for woodwind instruments such as clarinet and oboe.
Teatro Lope de Vega.
And its backside.
Beautiful carrieges to enjoy the large Parque Maria Luisa.
And as a part of the Parque the famous and stunning Plaza de España. The reason to build was the Ibero-American exhibition in 1929. The diameter is 200 meters.
The Canal is 515 meters long with 4 bridges for the Spanish kingdoms of Castile, Leon, Aragon and Navarre.
Ceiling.
Some parts of the building are used as state departments.
Clinker.
Huelva one of the 48 Spanish provinces.
Scenery for Lawrence of Arabia and other famous movies the Plaza now is on the list of the treasures of the European film culture.
Bougainvillea.
The Metropol Parasol is a timber structure built in 2005 on the Plaza de la Encarnacion instead of a former market hall by German architect Jürgen H. Mayer.
And you can walk to the sky with an elevator for 3 euros and enjoy the overview. No queue in the afternoon but unbelievably hot on the balcony 😉
And get some information too.
One of So many wonderful buildings in the city.
Many alleyways give silent strolls through Seville.
My first view on the cathedral. For tomorrow I have a reservation for a guided tour through the cathedral and the tower.

Looks like holy Mary with her child.

75-01.08.-Th-Lebrija-Sevilla

Yesterday I felt under pressure because I had the idea to make it to Seville. I got up earlier as usual and always hurry up. In Lebrija came the end as I had to climb a little hill I broke down. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a parc there to relax.

Today everything was easy-going. I started at 9. After a few meters I saw a bar with people sitting in front. So I decided to take breakfast. Tostado con queso y aceite and espresso.

With the help of the both applications I checked a nice way with less traffic mostly farmers sometimes with tractors but more often with semitrailer trucks.

I have also seen today how great I feel cycling through farmland. It’s so interesting how they do. The irrigation, the harvesting and the crops. And to see the difference to farming in Tyrol. Here is so huge. It is like to compare a single-family house with a skyscraper.

Guadalquivir is the source for this agricultural prosperity. Wikipedia says he is 657 km long and therewith is (only) the fifth largest river in Spain. River Po in Italy is with its 652 km the longest of Italy.

Another insight came by cycling through Seville. 30 degrees plus is my favorite temperature for cycling. Everything is so warm and my body feels comfortable no pain no cold feeling. And there is always a bit of a wind. Of course drinking is very important. Today I drunk 5 liter and took 5 magnesium pills.

For my lunch break I choosed Los Palacios y Villafranca. On the map I saw a parc with a supermarket next to it. Nobody was in the parc. It seems it was made not far ago because trees were small. I ate in the shade of palisander or rosewood or Jacaranda trees my new favorite trees. Correctly it were Dalbergia another family of trees than the Jacaranda.

For the nap I lay down in the grass in the shade of another tree and next to the pool so the babble by the waterspout fountain sang me to sleep 🙂

Along one long part of the route eucalyptus trees made an alley. I love eucalyptus because they emit their typical fragrance. If you ever see an eucalyptus you know water is around.

Arriving at Seville I was received by green bike paths. So I had a completely relaxing trip today.

Farmland as far as the eyes could reach.
Farmland, irrigation and photovoltaic.
A little village in the middle of the farmland. On the map it looks like an island. It looks noble and wealthy and this monument shows the source of this wealth. The water.
Fallen down in the roundabout from the semitrailer trucks 😉
Kind of bush tomatoes to make machine harvesting able.
And the whole field.
Another flat tire on the KETCHUP road 😉
Sitting on the road doing the maintenance two girls on a moped came along and stopped 5 meters far from me because the engine of their moped broke down.
I said to them in an ironic manner: shall I help you. They only looked at me and told me not to speak English. I can’t believe. They are about 15 and it is sure that they go to school. Maybe they were a bit anxiously and shyly with an older man alone on this deserted road 😉 after several trials they got their moped to run and drove away immediately.
The KETCHUP containers.
Again for the semitrailer trucks.
I’ve forgotten the name of these church. The retable is really cluttered. I sat down for meditation set the alarm. But after a few minutes the light was reduced and in the end switched off and the friendly priest asked me to go so he can close.
Metropol Parasol. Also at 10 pm about 100 persons waiting.
From Lebrija to Seville 72 km in 8,5 hours. GT 3.903 km.

74-31.07.-We-Cadiz-Lebrija

I wanted to get the ferry boat at 07:45 to cross the bay of Cadiz and go to El Portu de Santa María and avoid to use one of the two bridges with lots of traffic.

I was the only passenger. The ferry ride took only half an hour but was wonderful for all senses.

The sunrise the smell the wind.

In the awakening city I found an open bar and had coffee and cheese toast.

The ciclying was quite normal along a rural road.

Endless land with agriculture. I saw fields with sunflower, wine yards and next to Lebrija tomatoes. The grain was already harvested.

My plan was to make it to Sevilla but Lebrija was the end of the line. I was weak and tired. So I took a hotel here.

Good bye Cadiz.
Railway station at Jerez de la Frontera.
One of the many churches there.
Wide farmland.
Tomato harvesting. One harvester and 4 semitrailer truck.
From Cadiz to Lebrija 69 km thereof 10 by boat in 7 hours. GT 3.831 km.

73-30.07.-Tu-Cadiz

Doing the laundry. Breakfast. Walking around and relaxing.

Tostado con queso. Aceite y tomate. Café. For breakfast.
Two unbelievable huge rubber trees (ficus).
The Atlantic sea next to the Ficus in the morning.
And eight hours later in high tide.
Cadiz‘ city hall.
Churros con chocolate 🙂 second breakfast.
Visiting the Genoa parc.
Spiky trunk.

72-29.07.-Mo-Vejer-Cadiz

With this route I will finish the N340 that I followed – more or less – for more than 1.200 kilometers from Barcelona to Cadiz.

The first part of the route was westwards facing headwinds. The second part to the north east enjoying tailwinds. And the last 15 kilometers to the west and to the north with heavy headwinds on the CA-33 also a kind of highway but the only avenue to Cadiz from the south.

Another PV power plant.
It’s a mover following the sunlight.
Umbrella pine forests are so wonderful and I choosed them for today’s lunch break.
Cadiz in the horizon of the marshlands.
Cadiz‘ ancient city wall.
The Atlantic side in the evening sun.
Cathedral of Cadiz.
79 km from Vejer de la Frontera to Cadiz in 8,5 hours. GT 3.772 km

70-27.07.-Sa-Gibraltar-El Bujeo

It’s always the Saturday making me feel stressed.

No problem to find an appropriate room. But not so on Saturday. Only the rooms from 200 Euros up but also only a few and often far away from my route.

I started from the hotel in La Linea de la Concepción and stopped after a few meters to put on the primaloft. It wasn’t really cold but the ponente – heavy wind from the west – made it cold.

Today my way is more or less westwards. So I had to struggle a lot because ponente is really heavy.

Because of the room stress I wasn’t focused on where to go. Different options occurred. The most crazy on: to board the ferry boat a Algeciraz to Tanger. Booking.com had many rooms there 😉

Another alternative was to use the tent. Especially I wanted to reach the Bolonia bay and wild camping there.

Also I downloaded several booking apps and deleted them after they did not work.

You see I was torn. To bring me down I started cycling and wanted to make it to Tarifa.

N340 again and one pass (Puerto del Bujeo) to climb. The 326 meters were easy to climb not more than 5 %. Only the heavy and permanent headwinds were the challenge 😉

Shortly after the pass and after dressing the primaloft for the downhill I passed a hotel stopped was ambivalent but finally I decided to ask. At this time heavy clouds occurred.

Fortunately they had a room, a garage and a restaurant.

After enjoying a swordfish it is raining. How glad I am now about my decision to take the room here 🙂

In the Parque de Maria Cristina at Algeciraz I had my lunch break and slept until a parc staff made the „wake up call“ because she had to close the doors 😉
As you see the name of Paco de Lucia, he is a son of Algeciraz.
Algeciraz‘ main square.
Amazing cloud build by ponente.
The hotel staff opened the garage to put my bicycle in. Big surprise a Fiat 850 sport 🙂 my brother had exactly the same one in the mids of the 1970s. And I had the limousine chassis 😉
Opposite the Fiat four vintage Mercedes.
38 km from Gibraltar to El Bujeo in 7,5 hours. GT 3.615 km.
The latitude is 36°04. So, only 4 minutes to the south to reach the most south European point the Isla the Tarifa.

69-26.07.-Fr-Gibraltar

Today was sightseeing Gibraltar on the schedule.

I have totally underestimated how large the island or peninsula is. 6,5 square kilometers but only 1,2 km wide so around 5 km long. I walked up to the summit (426 m). I never arrived because the last 500 meters to go were closed. Nevertheless I was on a height of 400 meters. Instead of summit I took the Mediterranean way on the east side steeply down and to the south. From there I walked on the west side in the height of around 200 m to the north to visit the Great siege and WW2 tunnels (in total 34 miles!) and the Moorish castle. Finally I walked about 20 kilometers and my lower legs hurt.

But it started with a mechanical problem at the cable car. I have bought the ticket up (14 Gibraltar pounds) and for walking down the walking ticket (5 GibP) and stood in the queue for boarding. After half an hour the officer told us that the cable car has broken down and it would be better to give the ticket back and get the money. So I started walking 😉

Morning sun.
Very British 😉
Parking block and on top two stories for living. Space is the bottleneck here.
Every full hour: mounting of the guard.
Although British the traffic is on the right so you have to look to the left before crossing 😉
Well, GB stands for Great Britain. GBG was given to Guernsey so Gibraltar got the Z.
Department for Climate change sounds like FridaysForFuture 😉
Half an hour later it broke down.
1 Gibraltar pound equal to 1,12 Euro.
Slow Brexit 😉
The Gibraltar bay with Algeciraz on the opposite side.
Nice rhyme.
The Barbary ape or Barbary macaque.
The young had just hided away behind her mother. Only a bit of its butt is to see.
Miss Gibraltar with a windy hairstyle 😉
Nearly on the summit. View northwards on the east side of the island.
And to the south.
Walking down the steep Mediterranean way.
What a wonderful view the Neandertals had about 24.000 before. In the Gorham cave at Gibraltar they survived the Homo sapiens sapiens as long as nowhere else according to Wikipedia.
190 meters above sea level. The name is because in the 19th century the caves were used by goatherds. But also used by man: English Wikipedia gives this information: … a female human skeleton with a crushed skull… Were found.
View to the Europa point Trinity Lighthouse on the south end of the island or peninsula.
Another nice view over the Gibraltar bay. Maybe you have asked yourself why there are so many vessels. Wikipedia tells that in 2005 6.662 large ships arrived thereof 90 % only for refueling.
At Princess Caroline’s Battery.
Unique at Gibraltar. Runway and street crossing. During take of and touch down the lights turn to red the barriers go down and the nailbeds are enrolled. But the time I am here wasn’t much air traffic.
A part of WW2 tunnel.
At the end of the tunnel dolls show the position of the Royal army.
Entrance to the Moorish castle.
View over the rooftop of the Moorish castle to Africa a 20 km away. Also there the exclave an part of Europe the city of Ceuta.
Nostalgic 🙂
Pedestrian zone.
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowed.