Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Saturday, 9 July 2016

A Circuit from Colio

Colio is a small village 4 km up a side road from Tama. Whilst Andrew went on a Collett's amble - 'Lon Circular', the four of us, me, Sue, Dave and Cary drove up to Colio and enjoyed an 8 hour circuit, covering just over 16 km. The first half was uphill and the second half was downhill. There wasn't much 'flat'. The GPS showed 2002 metres ascent and 2002 metres descent. You could describe the going as 'arduous', albeit not 'difficult'.

The wild flowers today were wonderful, even as seen through the haze of vaporising sweat as it dripped from our foreheads.

Our original plan was slightly curtailed when we observed a small group ahead struggling to find the way. We were joined briefly by an Andrew from Rochdale who had been observing them. Prudence dictated a shortcut to our planned route.

Just for the record, we went from Colio up to Los Riscos > past Los Castros > the 1843 metre Collado de la Llaguna. Here we went to and fro for a while, rising to above 1900 metres, before deciding on a short cut down grassy slopes to return to Colio on good tracks past Fuente Prado.

A fabulous day out. Welcome tea then beer back at base before another good meal in excellent company at the Corcal restaurant.

There will be more about the route and the flowers etc in due course. I hope that in the meantime that you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks as always, especially to AlanR, for your comments. I'm keeping my responses to a minimum as they seem to be coming up in triplicate, resulting in time consuming deletions.


Nightbird said...

What's with the naked nymph on the lily? Re-read you post but couldn't spot a clue to it from you. Mind you, it's 41 here in Seville today and I had an Aperol Spritz at lunchtime.

Phreerunner said...

Ah, the nymph. Actually just graffiti on a building we passed. I suppose I should try to caption the pictures, but I'm afraid that will have to wait...
Enjoy Seville - no doubt siestas are in order.

Nightbird said...

It's ok, I wondered if you had sneaked it in to keep us alert! Seville has been brilliant, definitely a siesta kind of place. In Cadiz now, a bit cooler. Hiring bikes tomorrow. Enjoy your walking, pics look great.