Early this morning I made the last minute decision to get on the event bus leaving San Jose for Rodalquillar at 7.30 am just as the sun was rising. After a short but very beautiful ride through the Natural Park we arrived and by 8.30 am the countdown began for the IX Trail Cabo De Gata-Nijar organised by Aquetacamos. It was a really beautiful trail passing through some of the most spectacular parts of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park to arrive in San Jose 29km, where Dan and Leela were waiting to greet me! It took just over 4 and a half hours for me to complete the trail, jogging some bits near the start but walking most of it. The atmosphere was really wonderful throughout the day; seeing people of all ages and abilities enjoying the challenge and also the scenery.
part of the Zumba fun at the finish celebrations of the VIII Trail Cabo De Gata-Nijar. That day planted a seed in our minds that if we were to find ourselves in Cabo de Gata the following year we might plan to take part in the event itself. So when at the entries opened on 1st January both Dan and I entered straightaway in the 'runners' category. We'd planned to use our entry to motivate us over winter to get back some of the fitness we'd so enjoyed on the Swiss trails during our Autumn stay in Val d'Anniviers.
GR5 and TMB stages we had been able to complete in Summer with a heavy pack and very little preparation.
For anyone thinking about visiting this wonderful area, details of many local trails, cycle, triahtlon, marathon events can be found on this site www.aqueatacamos.com
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