Day 28, Estepona to Santa Elena, 390km

Unexpectedly gorgeous today.

Our big goal was to get to Banos de la Encina, a small town with a huge Arab fortress built in 967. We got there in time for lunch, where I enjoyed the local wild rabbit in a delicious sauce. It was a little difficult to eat with all those tiny bones, but our host so enjoyed my willingness that he was really encouraging and gave good pointers. As he promised, the brain was the most delicious, followed in my opinion by the tongue. I couldn’t quite do the eyeballs. I’m not sure I was supposed to.

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After lunch, we drove closer to the fortress then walked around it and enjoyed the view. Unfortunately, no one came to open it up at 17:00, as both the sign and the groundskeeper said they would, so at 17:30, after a couple of hours of enjoying the view, we had enough.

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We took the slow route to our intended camping site.

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In addition to those views, we later went through some windy forest roads, part of another national forest. It was really lovely. Tomorrow we are perfectly placed for making our separate ways, Lynn back to Madrid and then New York, and me onwards to… I don’t know for sure. I think I’m either going to look at some troglodyte villages south of here, or some spaghetti western film sets. Depends how I feel when I wake up.

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