This morning I tested it on one of my suggested routes. From Las Negras I headed towards Las Hortichuelas and took the old road past the village. This used to be the main road linking Las Negras and Las Hortichuelas to civilisation.
After a couple of km, before the old road reunites with the new one I took a track on the left down to Cortijo del Montana.
This track is quite stony and bumpy but, with care, it did not present many problems for the bike.
With the group I intend to stop at Cortijo del Montana so that they can look around this excellent example of traditional, Almerian rural architecture, but today I carried on taking a track to the left to Cortijo del Fraile.
I did not meet any other walkers or cyclists en route but I did encounter these three riders. A typical picture from Andalucia.
The track through Cortijo del Fraile is wide and smooth. There was some cloud about which created some dramatic contrast between light and shade.
There is some intensive agriculture in the fields of Cortijo del Fraile, particularly of salad plants, but because it is within the Parque Natural plastic greenhouses are not permitted.
At the ruins of La Ermita del Fraile I took the left track towards Rodalquilar, The Ermita is in a sorry state of ruin while the disputes as to who should be responsible for restoring it continue. It is regarded as of great cultural significance because of its association with the poet, Federico Garcia Lorca’s famous play “Blood wedding”.
With the group I intend to stop and explore the old gold mine. Minas de Avelon, where scenes from “Exodus” were filned last year.
Also we will stop to explore the old gold mining village, Pueblo Minero de San Diego. From here it is a short cycle to Rodalquilar where we will stop for some refreshment and then return along the road to Las Negras. On the way back, if the weather is good, we will probably take the track down to El Playazo to spend some time on the beach.