Yup, back on the trail again. Not that we haven't got anything else to do except walk and then write about it. We have! But we wanted to make sure that we had walked every section of the GR130 this year and after this walk, we will have - and some sections in both directions.
At first we planned to walk from Puntagorda and, having left the car in Santo Domingo and now sitting on the bus heading in that direction, we suddenly decided that we would get off earlier at Las Tricias and walk from there. Reason? It was so darned hot!! Yes, one of those crazy weather days added to the fact that we were having a really late start due to other commitments. See - I told you we did other things!
It was 13.30 by the time we were getting off the bus but as it was where the trail meets the road, we were walking straight away. Almost immediately, it feels like we are deep in the countryside, miles from a main road and we are treated to some fabulous views - can this really be the Canaries?
We are beginning to wish we had walked from Puntagorda now as the temperature seems to have moderated to 'warm' and is very pleasant, especially without the tough ravines to conquer. But no walk on La Palma would be complete without some fairly serious down and up bits and after a few more kilometres, we are not disappointed. It looks SO far to get down to the bottom but we know that the winding path will get us there, step by step.
Oh, oh, another barranco. This time the path looks a little uncertain - as in, 'is this it?' and 'is it safe?' Nothing to do but go for it and see what happens. Of course, it is absolutely fine and as we get to the bottom and start the ascent up the other side, we see that the Cabildo have been busy clearing the path for us.
A third barranco welcomes us to the top with a simple but nonetheless dramatic wooden cross.