Day 17. Córdoba to Cerro Muriano (18 km)

Today was an excellent day. I took my time getting ready, with no pressure from companions (who were in different hostels). Then I made my way through narrow Cordoban streets, seeing some decorated Cruces de Mayo. This one apparently won second prize in some category… After about 4 km of urban area, I was over…

Day 16. Another day in Córdoba.

Bus ride back to Córdoba – staying another night since I have a bed and none were available in the next town. Hopefully things will ease up after tomorrow. Nice view from the bus shows some cereal crop as a welcome change from you-know-what! It has turned chilly (down to 9°C last night) and there…

Day 14. Baena to Castro del Río (21 km)

Today’s theme continues with olives, but branches off in a different direction, at last. You need to understand that walking leaves one with a lot of time to ponder the trivial, as well as the important. First the olives. Different amounts of cultivation effort are noticeable. Here is an hard-working fellow who circles each tree.…

Day 13. Alcaudete to Baena (26 km)

The day started as usual – a walk out of town with a castle/fortress on the hill. A couple of Germans came up behind. Very soon we got into the theme for the day: Olives. Olives in bloom… Olives by an ancient well, with a field of solar panels in the background… Olives with wild…