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Old 11-01-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Spain: Maestrazgo, land of Templar Knights

..... And the land of good ham, raw shep cheese, fall colors, smells ....

This region of the area of Teruel and Castellon in eastern Spain has excited my husband and me, so we went a couple of days to explore a bit more. It is called Maestrazgo (from Maestre, Master of the Order) because it was the country where lots of european Templar Knights were exiled in the Middle Age. As it was Reconquista (Crusade) times they were more than well received.
The region is full of castles and History.

We stayed in the beautiful village of Molinos in a lovely hostel .... although there was an annoying meeting of cellists who were testing all day

Hostel



The Keeper of the Bikes


Ham and ham


Just outside the village, we went to find tracks





We entered semi-desert paths, life there must be hard






Asking a resident of Cuevas de Cañart about near gas stations, and the man laughed as we had to give a good lap to find the next one






Entering the tunnel to reach Castellote


Lonely roads and begins to rain


We did a combination of off-road tracks and regional roads, in some cases were better tracks than roads


It was getting dark, but we were going ahead


The way of the Gorges of Guadalope is called the Strait of Hell, the name was justified by the road and weather conditions at the time


The colors in the rain and autumn were lovely


Toni is dancing in the rain


Next to the Hostal de las Truchas





Ideal route for dual-sport bikes


Cañada de Benatanduz




In this bar of the beautiful village of Cantavieja we ate a well deserved ham sandwich with olives and fine wine that we felt great because we were wet and cold.


Once we turn off parts of a forest track towards Mosqueruela




On the first track we met the first frozen puddles of the season way to Valdelinares

The Ténéré blends with the environment


Fontanet, a high mountain village with his ham-drying places


We returned to Cantavieja (sorry not being able to visit its castle with calm) and as night came we decided to leave and go back to Molinos.


Mirambel, after rain in the evening light was amazing




Luco de Bordon


And at night we arrived at Molinos, but didn't go to bed before passing by the bar of the local geeks, I felt good the beer




Obviously we could not leave without visiting the impressive gorge of Molinos in the very town center






Link to full photo album http://picasaweb.google.com/toniquiet2/TrailMaestrazgp #

Please excuse the English of my automatic translator!
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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Great photos thanks
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:33 PM   #3
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Excellent ride, report and great pics! Thanks for the link to more
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:28 PM   #4
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if the food and hotels are as good as the pix, it MAY be motorcycle heaven....Bruce
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:01 PM   #5
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Exquisite! Great pictures, and fantastic Report. Hope there is more to come in the future. Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for the memories!. I have hiked through the area when I walked the Camino de Santiago in 2003 and 2006. Spain is a nice place to trek whether on wheels or on feet>
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