Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Bonus, 5 Oct 2015.
Looking forward to it! Have a great 2018 Bonus & Mrs Bonus
Every year at Christmas time, Angel from Zona Zero and his dogs unveil a new route that he's put together as a Gift to everyone.
This year the Route is ZZ046 which starts and finishes in Tierrantona and goes up to the Muro de Roda church. It's in the same area as ZZ04 Light but takes some different paths.
In Angels own words (via Google Translate!) . . .
"Merry Christmas. Papa Noël has left us all a gift - a new route! It will be called ZZ046 and it is the first route of the new future for Zona Zero.
It is totally signed with arrows from Tierrantona, although you can leave from Charo or Aluján too and complete the circle. 23 km long, 875 m Climbing and 60% is on the trail"
Our snow didn't last long, although the mountains are still beautifully covered, so after a couple of days of wall building I had to go scouting for more stones. Ramon owns 85Ha of land and it's dotted with old walls and old buildings and he's given me permission to pick stones from anywhere.
It really is a very nice way to work
The 4 wheel drive handles the track from the houses down through the woods easy enough and tows a fair load of stones back up again with ease.
Back in November I did a couple of rides with some new friends we made who were over from Scotland.
These pics were taken at the top of Zona Zero Route 4 Light - The Muro de Roda (The Wall of Roda).
The views are fantastic, the climb is not too hard and the descent is very enjoyable.
Here's me and my friend Mark (or "The Large Child" as I tend to refer to him)
For a month now every evening during supper we watch the News & Weather and they predict rain and/or snow for the following day - so I plan to skip a day of wall building and gardening to catch up with emails & paperwork instead
Spain has had snow all over in the last few weeks - bringing chaos to some roads and cutting off villages in the mountains - but for some reason Guaso is different. They call our village "The Caribbean of Sobrabe" because 99 times out of 100 the bad weather misses us and it's clear and sunny.
So we get to work outside and our paperwork is left for Mañana . . .
This picture taken from Guaso shows the mist in the valley bellow us and covering the towns of Ainsa and Boltaña.
Reasons to visit the town of Ainsa, in the region of Sobrabe, Aragon, Spain . . . .
Ten minutes drive from our village of Guaso, lies the beautiful Medieval Town of Ainsa, with its "Old Town" perched up the hill overlooking the "New Town" below it . . . .
"The Middle Ages, with all its recollection and rawness, suddenly emerges on reaching Aínsa, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Sobrarbe. A Medieval aftertaste extends from the imposing castle of Aínsa to the streets that in their day were attached to the wall that surrounded the town"
"The high degree of conservation and the spectacularity of the constructions that were created between the XI and XV centuries motivated that as early as 1965 its old town was declared an Artistic Historic Site.
This Artistic Historic Site is a pleasant journey into the past where each step leads to a unique moment."
"The fortress retains all its power, you can see the pit that made it difficult to assault. The only way to save it was through a drawbridge that led directly to a huge courtyard in which the troops oncentrated and organized their functions."
"Today the brave soldiers have given way to another more peaceful army. Thousands of visitors every weekend come to know the town, which are spellbound from the moment they enter the main square of the twelfth and thirteenth century, which also ends at the Castle.
The walls of the castle open to a porticoed square, where each arch is different and houses the parish church. Then, any of the two streets that open to the right and left lead to a journey through the history of this town that dazzles its visitors."
"The square, considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved of the Spanish Middle Ages and in it, one feels immensely small.
The senses will reach us to perceive everything that tells about stones that house pieces of history of the province of Huesca."
"With Romanesque essence, the Church of Santa María is one of the most important architectural elements of Aínsa."
"Curious is also the story that surrounds the Covered Cross of Sobrarbe, based on the legendary appearance that symbolized the victory of the Aragonese troops over the Muslims in the Sobrarbe.
. . . before the battle, the number of Muslims was much higher than that of the Christians, however, they won thanks to the encouragement that their boss Garci Jiménez gave them, but above all because in the middle of the struggle they appeared on a holm oak a great glowing red cross, which was taken as a good omen and as a confirmation that God was fighting on his side against the infidel."
"In this area is also very important geological heritage, to enjoy a sample of this heritage we recommend a visit to the Geopark Space, located in one of the towers of the Castle of Ainsa. You will discover the secrets that the rocks have hidden for millions of years.
If you like risk and adventure you will find a very varied offer in these sports.
There are other tourist attractions, such as the International Festival of Music and Theater in July, and the Morisma is celebrated every two years and for more than twenty years, the Sunday closest to May 22 is celebrated This traditional descent of navatas that, starting from the town of Laspuña, runs along the Cinca River until arriving at Aínsa. A tradition that recalls an ancient trade already lost and at the same time recovered by the inhabitants of the Shire of Sobrarbe."
Refreshing to see a beautiful square not spoiled by cars.
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