We met the leader of the walk, Alan Jackson, at the Old Bar Oasis, in Benimaurell. Just the time to say hello and off we went, at a brisk pace. The temperature was around 14 degrees C, splendid sunshine, excellent visibility, just a few clouds in the sky, which made the lighting more interesting with strong winds. As we climbed the initial steep incline, we had a great view on the Montgo and Javea, with Ibiza in the distance. Just a few breaks to allow the walkers to regroup, and we pressed on, up and up, towards the highest point of the walk, at 838 m., according to my GPS.
We could see ominous clouds over the mountains and, as expected, they reached us, in the end. Then a it started drizzling. Luckily, the drizzle never turned into the heavy rains we experience in this region, which would have made the walk very uncomfortable.
We had a couple of short banana stops, one technical stop to repair a shoe which lost its sole and, at last, the lunch stop by a ruined finca. By then, the drizzle was continuous, so the stop was short and we moved on to keep warm.
As we ended the walk under grey skies and intermittent drizzle, I am glad that I took pictures of the splendid beginning, as it’s easy to forget what the place looked like, with good lighting.
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