Posted by: paulgilders | June 30, 2012

Picos de Europa

Our journey back across northern Spain took us through to the Picos de Europa – a small, but high mountain range close to the northern Spanish coast.

Our first stop was at the town of Riaño on the shores of an artificial lake. The views from our campsite high on the hillside were incredible. It was a shame that the town itself was not yet open for the tourist season – we struggled with getting basic grocery supplies – the shop opening hours didn’t line up with those published. The campsite saved us – serving excellent meals and great coffee.

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Leaving Riaño, we headed over the Puerto de San Glorio – a major pass of 1609m. It was an incredible ride to the pass and an even more incredible descent.

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We descended for 16km down to the pretty town of Potes at 290m. We stopped a number of times to cool the brakes. We then spent a few days recovering from our efforts.

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I spent one day cycling up the valley from Potes to a place called Fuente De. Here the mountains rise vertically from a beautiful grassy meadow full of cows and wild flowers.

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Here is the view from the campsite in Potes on the morning we left.

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