Thursday, 12 July 2012

Pedal power

Here's a fun way for families and groups of friends to enjoy the delights of the Via Verde, a 36 kilometre length of disused railway line running through stunning scenery from Olvera to Puerto Serrano. Why not hire a "Cuatricicleta", which is what we did this morning in the company of our good friends Dan and Alison.
The four wheeled, five seat cycles are available for hire at the Estación de Coripe and can be pre-booked by email or ringing the numbers on the above advertisement. This terrific enterprise is run by Adrián Casanueva Castro and Tifanis Bermejo Castro, pictured above wheeling out our trusty steed.There is also a link here to their Facebook page.
Ready for the off.
By the toss of a coin, it was decided that we head from the Estación in the direction of Olvera.
According to Adrián, it was slightly more uphill in this direction which in a few places proved to be right. We put our inability to pedal up the inclines down to the gearing ratio on the cycle.....absolutely nothing at all to do with running out of puff and leg strength!!.

Several shady spots along the route provided welcome relief from the ever warming sun and an opportunity for cool refreshments.
Several cyclists passed us along the route, smiling and slightly amused at our mode of transport.

After about an hour, we reached the information centre at the Peñón de Zaframagón, which was unfortunately closed. The centre is also an observatory for viewing one of the largest colonies of Griffon Vultures in Europe.

We headed back to the Estación de Coripe, enjoying the now downhill slopes on the return journey. A brilliant couple of hours, good fun and great value for money. Well done to Adrián and Tifanis and best wishes for the future. Go on, give it a try.
A short video of a fun morning below.

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