Spain: Maestrazgo, land of Templar Knights

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Motostrail, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Motostrail

    Motostrail Adventurer

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    ..... 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 :dj

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    The Keeper of the Bikes
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    Ham and ham
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    Just outside the village, we went to find tracks

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    We entered semi-desert paths, life there must be hard
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    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
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    Entering the tunnel to reach Castellote
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    Lonely roads and begins to rain
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    We did a combination of off-road tracks and regional roads, in some cases were better tracks than roads
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    It was getting dark, but we were going ahead
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    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
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    The colors in the rain and autumn were lovely
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    Toni is dancing in the rain
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    Next to the Hostal de las Truchas
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    Ideal route for dual-sport bikes
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    Cañada de Benatanduz
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    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.
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    Once we turn off parts of a forest track towards Mosqueruela
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    On the first track we met the first frozen puddles of the season way to Valdelinares

    The Ténéré blends with the environment
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    Fontanet, a high mountain village with his ham-drying places
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    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.
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    Mirambel, after rain in the evening light was amazing
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    Luco de Bordon
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    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
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    Obviously we could not leave without visiting the impressive gorge of Molinos in the very town center
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    Link to full photo album http://picasaweb.google.com/toniquiet2/TrailMaestrazgp #

    Please excuse the English of my automatic translator! :D
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  2. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Great photos :clap thanks
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  3. GB

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    Excellent ride, report and great pics! Thanks for the link to more :thumb
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  4. funhouse

    funhouse Overdue

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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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  5. Riff

    Riff Been here awhile

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    Exquisite! Great pictures, and fantastic Report. Hope there is more to come in the future. Thanks! :clap
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  6. Lone Amigo

    Lone Amigo n00b

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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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