Crossing the Sierra de Gredos: A Novel

The colossal peaks of the Sierra de Gredos mountains
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Right from my first walk here, ten years ago, I felt part of the enormity of the space and had an affinity with the endless views from the sierras that showed me no electricity carriers, no wind farms, no radio masts, no roads, no houses and no people. All I saw were mountain ranges, rolling hills, endless forests, placid lakes, meandering rivers, grazing animals and blue skies. I like that.

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The small, granite-paved footpaths that connect villages or cross mountain ranges and link autonomous regions are hundreds, if not thousands of years old. There are countless soft earth footpaths that run for hours through deciduous forests and there are tracks criss-crossing almost everywhere. I like the connection to the many people who walked here before me. The walks in this book are really special because I have chosen each one to show off the space, magnificence and natural beauty so indicative of Extremadura.

I know they will have a wide appeal to walkers who want to explore here for the first time but equally for people who have been here before. Four of the walks are classic sierra routes and appeared in the first book. The rest of the walks are new. Some areas and some walks are altogether unknown — but not for much longer.

The linked walks have taken a lot of planning in order to make them work and give much longer, harder walks for intrepid walkers with stamina who want whole day adventures. All the walks involve some climbing but none require mountaineering skills.

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Did she long for her ancestors? Dabei ein Glas Wein trinken, wie Handke. And as a result they remained devoid of meaning. It was still completely dark, and outside the frost crackled on the windowpanes. Unlike the closely related white stork, the black stork is a shy and wary sp. Did she long for her ancestors? Peter Handke 'Crossing the Sierra de Gredos,' by Peter Handke : Over the Hills and Far Away August 19, Raised by grandparents who were avid travelers, or vagabonds, to be more precise, who seemed to change their nationality with every border they crossed, she had pined for a while in her youth for the long-lost land of her birth in eastern Germany, familiar to her not from her own memories but rather from stories, and later from dreams as well.

The average fit walker can complete all the walks although some of the climbs will need to be paced. The longer links require fitness and stamina as they are quite tough. Good walking boots are essential to tackle the different types of terrain and walking poles are useful on the climbs. Cicerone has information on their web site. No post means no change. Walk 4 Pages The directions are all still the same but there are now wooden bridges to cross the river at the three points formerly where stepping stones were used.

The path is still evident but at various places the rough path has been laid with slate and occasionally there are wooden handrails. Once at the waterfall the route continues on paths and tracks that have not been 'improved'.

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Obviously, a small village such as Ovejuela relies on week-end and tourist walkers who start the walk in the village, go to see the waterfall and then return to the village for refreshments. This part of the walk is now more accessible.

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It is high enough to clear flood waters. Permutations of these walks are now possible all year round. There are waymarked in white and green but also have finger signposts at intervals. These signposts are new and so not referred to in walks 15 and 16 where one or two signposts and waymarks may cross the path of those walks. Walk straight towards the four antenna ahead on the concrete road to reach a Y-junction with the antenna and a small concrete lane to the right.

Go left. Pass a turning on the left and take the one, right, a few paces further on.

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There is a new finger signpost at this junction with three options. There is also a white and yellow cross on the wall on the left plus a white and green waymark. Walk on the rough track and follow it to pass the ruin of a mill on the left. Cross a small ford, the first of many, and continue as the track winds and narrows. Come to a small open space which is a vague crossroads but the main track continues ahead towards some double metal gates where the track bends right.

Reach a distinctive boulder on the left with a signpost opposite. Ignore a junction, left, and continue ahead. Come to a few outbuildings on both sides of the track with a wide space with multiple gateways. Such strength was accompanied by a kind of arrogance, was it not, which could thwart, even harm, even destroy the days as well as the nights of one's contemporaries, those who somehow or other got close to one?

Once free of her ancestor worship, did she become receptive to other kinds of strength? No, in spite of everything, it was not perfectly fine with her when the ancestors grew meaningless and dim. It was more a question of her letting it happen, with a bitter aftertaste, and not only on her tongue. Week after week it had been bone-chillingly cold in this region where she had made her home for a long time now. At first she wanted to talk the author out of any reference to this detail, which hardly seemed to fit the "northwestern port city" they had settled on as her place of residence, a place where the Gulf Stream moderated the climate.

But then sheallowed herself to be persuaded that a "port" could also be a riverport, inland, far from the warming coast, on what was already a cold portion of the continent. Newcastle upon Tyne. What mattered: that her bank's headquarters were located in such a city. But the name of the bank was not to be mentioned in her story either. On the morning of her departure she rose even earlier than usual. As before every journey, it had been a light, floating night, perhaps, too, because she had again slept in the bed belonging to her child, who had gone away. Her things were already packed--or rather, stashed in a bag purchased at the end of her girlhood and by now half as old as she was.

It seemed immeasurably older, however: worn, torn, scuffed; like a relic from the Middle Ages, when travel had been very different from today; an ermine satchel? Time and again, before each of her solitary journeys, and not only into the Sierra, she had wanted to throw it away, or at least stow it in a corner.

And every time it had been the one she decided to take with her--"just once more. The author: Could he include that in her book? But nothing ever fell out. And her shoes? They were old and scuffed--good for rock climbing.

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It was still completely dark, and outside the frost crackled on the windowpanes. She did not turn on the light; the moon, almost full, though waning, shone through the entire house with its many uncurtained windows. Here on its periphery, the riverport city extended to the foot of a ridge, partly wooded, partly bare cliffs.

The hill, black with the moon behind it and very close by, appeared to form part of the spacious house, which at the moment looked empty. In each room--and there were quite a few rooms--the near emptiness projected a different image: here the resident had long since moved out for good; here the room had been cleared out except for two or three objects and pieces of equipment, ready for work to begin; now the deserted vestibule showed signs of a hasty departure; now the table in the parlor gleamed for a meeting about to take place; there, in the kitchen's one pot, the size of a cauldron, food had been prepared for a large gathering, or for a whole week.

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