I left without regret the camp-site Gran Sol where there was supposedly a Wi-Fi connection, but when I desired to publish the update of my website I noted that there was no active server. The reception informed me then No-Internet; I informed of my anger in the language of Molière! Approximately 9 km after the VIB375 the track began close to pre and the galley also, very low trees, wasted my pleasure at the beginning of morning. But the nail was ruts and trees starting from the VIB390. I got out several times of the vehicle to look for a passage in order to avoid stubs of branches of trees. The remainder of the morning occurred on tracks without great difficulties by listening to the sublime voice from Monserrat Figueras
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|Video of the track at vib390|
At the VIB469, at the beginning of afternoon, my plan of road lays down a diversion towards the Valley of Boi to visit Romanesque churches, 11th and 14th century, registered at the inheritance world of UNESCO. I arrived at Taül around 4 p.m. when the tour of the known as churches starts.
Taül has two of them of which Sant Climent with a very simple tower of six stages but of a great elegance. A video on the very degraded fresco of the central apse projects step by step the hypothetical reconstitution of what was to be the frescos in the beginning. Projection is sumptuous. It is a technical prowess taking into account the shape of the apse. Sculptures and paintings are exposed with comments in Castilian, a Catalan and English.
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In the village the church Santa Maria has also a fresco in the central apse and of the sculptures.
The village, high sporting place, has very beautiful modern stone houses. I bivouacked on the car park of the village.
After a peaceful night at Taül I continued my visit of the Romannesque churches in the Valley of Boï. The four churches are remarkably restored the frescos are copies as in Taül, the originals are in Museu Nacional d' Art Catalunya in Montjuïc, Barcelona. It was a calm day in the stations of altitude in the middle of the Pyrenees. I noted that in these villages where the real fever had prevailed before the economic crisis, much of apartment was unoccupied. Many walkers arrived the morning to leave in accompanied group on the hiking trails. Few foreign tourists attended these places of ancient culture.
In front of one of these churches I exchanged with young women some Spanish words that it remained me of my training course at Ensenada, Mexico. Around 17:30 I bivouacked at waypoint Vib472 on the track.
Forecasting a long track I left at 6:30 the VIB472. The track was broad and travelling, provided that lasts. But at the VIB486 the roadbook announcement major ruts then track slipping up to the VIB489. Then again starting from the VIB518 during 5.8 km decorated of very low trees wounding the cell as well as the solar panels. I leave several times the truck to look for the most adapted track. A photo watch which I placed some rocks so that the truck does not fall into a hole. The asphalted track and the few connections finished at the VIB539 after 77 km in 5 hours is 15 km/h. At the VIB549 I left the roadbook for a diversion towards the Monastery San Victorian in El Pueyo de Araguas. But I learned At the Tourist office from Ainsa where I arrived around 1 p.m. that the visits are to 12 & 13 hours; consequently it will be for tomorrow. The afternoon was devoted to food purchases, the full of the tank truck with diesel, it breaks the crust the guy, like its toilet at Centro de Lavabo. Then I settled in front of the library where there would be an Internet connection, but at 5 p.m. I wrote the log book of the day, I installed photographs and videos. I bivouac on a car park in Ainsa.
|Castillo de Fantova||Puebla de Fantova|
|Ornière avec pierrage|
|Video of the track at vib518|
I climbed up there on the hill to admire what Lonely Planet calls a jewel, the medieval city of Ainsa. Yes, of agreement, but does there exist a house of time? All was restored to see rebuilt. I entered by the weephole to be able at the bottom of the church then to lead to the vast place occupied by hotels and restaurants. At this early hour not of tourist because in Spain the museums open as well as possible at 11 a.m.
Then I was going to visit what would be the oldest monastery in Spain, San Victorian to 18 km from Ainsa. There remains only the church which was restored at the beginning of the 20th century.
Around 13:30 I took again the track at the VIB549 for three hours of spectacle. At the VIB556 the roadbook request to pass in low gear, the track is very hung and covered with hard round stones for the tires. From the VIB575 the track is very, very narrow and the fir trees have branches damaging the body and the solar panels.
|Ermita de San Benito|
|Low gear||Narrow track|
I arrived at the tarred road to go in Alquézar to visit the castle/eponymous monastery. The site was a castrum at the time Roman then a el-Ksar at the time Arabic at the 9th century. At the end of the 11th century Sancho Ramirez with the assistance of the French knighthood seizes some. It made build the first church. The current church goes back to 1525 in late Gothic. The museum presents a retable and paintings. In the vault baroque a hieratic Christ dates from the 13th century. I bivouacked on a carpark dominating the landscape.
I wished to be at the Lake Pitillas to have rest there on Sunday; consequently I left Alquezar around 6:10 the road being asphalted during more 30Km. The day was announced sunny and the track was travelling, i.e. without tree wounding the car. But at the VIB 657 the roadbook indicates that it is necessary to cross the railway more closely while looking at it was necessary to play leapfrog on the rails. Moreover one fill seemed to prohibit the passage. Finally the roadbook mentions the construction of a bridge at 1,30km. I choose this option, but was it the good one?. I went along the railway cahin-caha on a narrow track with trees, what a pain! At the 1.30 km not of bridge and impossible to turn around; it was necessary to persist. I arrived close to a tunnel, ok the vault is sufficiently high for the vehicle, but further on two dams must be crossed while passing above; the width was just enough. I led to a tarred road some share. Phew! but where was the error? By luck I charged the map with France to the 10k which indicated my GPS position. I can thus to join the waypoint of the tour nearest, VIB697, via Murillo de Gallego. I thus continued while having given up 40 waypoints.
|Montage Vidéo au vib657|
At Agüero as a compensation I was offered the visit of the Hermitage of Santiago of the 13th century. It is remarkably preserved with sumptuous sculptures of the capitals. The tympanum of the gate describes a biblical scene. Harassed by these events I stopped in the end of a field around 15:40 to bivouac and tell this day.
The day proceeded at an average altitude of 500 meters. The track curves between the fields of cereal culture. It is generally broad and without tree, what a happiness! While passing I threw an eye with the ermitas of Sant Orosia and Santiago without much interest. Crossed some villages caused me some concern in view of the narrowness of the lanes. Two points highlight decorated the tour.
LoLos Bañales is an ancient Roman city of which they remain two structures showing that the Romans were large town planners and brilliances engineers. The gigantic pillars of the aqueduct having survived the rigor of time as well as the heating of the public baths testify to their technical control.
Further on at the bottom of wet slopes of the mountains the desert of Mow Bardenas Reales surprise by its aridity. The geological structures are worthy of the Great Parks of the USA. Perhaps in a few million years it will become a European Valley Monument. In this Saturday of August many tourists visited it.
|Montage Vidéo au vib863|
The target of the day was to find a camp-site at the edge of the Lake Pitillas, Que nenni. I pushed up to Olite to inform me at the tourist office. Alas the search for a parking space delayed me and I arrived shortly after 14 hours. Reopening was at 16:30; then the hostess advised me the camp-site of Villafranca to about thirty kilometers in the south. Not folichon, There are primarily bungalows and the places of camp-site are a little larger than the places of a car park; admittedly with electricity but connection WiFi is at the administrative building at the entry. Moreover there is no possibility of filling the water tanks of the truck! Finally the showers are hot and there is paper in the toilets
The town of Olite is famous for its Palacio Real built by Carlos II and partially transformed into Parador hotel. Iglesia de Santa Maria Real has a superb Gothic porch.
Last minutes, at the back of the update of my website I saw a blue-collar worker on the ground I I took him by the arm to lead it to my truck and to show him connections for the filling of water of the tanks. he understood my problem. In he turn he took by my arm and led me where there was a connection for drinking water. What a miracle! Gardenas connection is Ok! I could fill my tanks. The worst is never certain, it is necessary to be like lice specific, hooker. Once again on August 10th is my birthday I decided to lunch at the restaurant of the camp-site; admittedly it was not great kitchen, but the beef animal part to the barbecue was succulent. As in all the countries the cutting of the meat is specific, for example in the USA famous T-Bone. Here the beef animal coasts are cut to block. For 13,50€ I consumed an entry, a dish, a dessert, a coffee and a bottle of rosy of Navarre. The afternoon was devoted to the filling of the water tanks, the cleaning of my truck, a new update of the website and under investigation of the road plan of the circuit for the return in France.