March 11, 2003 - Oropesa 105k, 63m***

BEAUTIFUL SITES, GREAT RIDING

Things aren’t working out here. Too many fascinating things to see, plus a few mountains and some wind – we’re just not cranking out the miles at all. But we’re having a great time. Here’s the view from my hotel room in Guadalupe this morning, and a shot of the cathedral from in town. (With these small towns it’s hard to get far back enough for good perspective.. sorry.

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That’s the cathedral with the ‘black Madonna’ inside. She’s 50 feet above the alter, on a turnstile. Every hour there’s a walking tour group that they let in. You walk up behind the alter, they rotate her, you touch the statue, and you are saved. Cool, huh? Couldn’t get a picture of the Madonna due to lighting conditions, but here’s a shot of a painting of them baptizing some Caribbean natives that Columbus brought back 500 years ago.

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That’s the cathedral with the ‘black Madonna’ inside. She’s 50 feet above the alter, on a turnstile. Every hour there’s a walking tour group that they let in. You walk up behind the alter, they rotate her, you touch the statue, and you are saved. Cool, huh? Couldn’t get a picture of the Madonna due to lighting conditions, but here’s a shot of a painting of them baptizing some Caribbean natives that Columbus brought back 500 years ago.

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Then it was back on highway E90 for another 40 km to Oroposa. Here’s Charlie checking out yesterday’s update on a break along this stretch.

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We’re staying in a 16th century castle tonight. Here’s the view from the road on the way up (picture missing?) , another of a model of the castle, and another of Charlie on top of the castle walls.

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There isn’t much history here, just the typical millennia of wars, serfdom, village life, etc. You feel much closer to it staying in the buildings. Last shot – here’s the view from my window here in Oropesa.

Tomorrow it’s a short ride to Toledo (60 miles or so), which will be hard to pass up. We will be two days behind schedule…

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