Access by track

The first time we ever drove to the house on our own, in a hire car, we simply turned off the main road, followed the rough track past a few houses, and set off downhill through the olive grove. We were confident we would recognise the way. It was October 2007 and we had last visited in August. Thankfully the earth was dry and rock hard. We followed a straight line, between the olive trees, trusting our memory that the valley was somewhere vaguely below us out of sight. Somehow we negotiated the holes and cracks in the dry land, without damaging the hire car.

The track is rather different now. To enable 365 day access we improved the section which, during the January rains can be the slickest and muddiest, with hardcore and concrete [below]. concreted track 1-5-13the bend, now 12-10-13

The more easily navigable sections of track [below], we simply lay down gravel which evens out the bumps and adds a little grip. looking down the track to the valley 12-10-13

looking up the track through the olives 12-10-13We took a deep breath and made the improvements after our first winter, when the rain hammered down and visitors were unable to reach us without driving 4×4 vehicles. Our predecessors at the house had learned the hard way – the rough track above the house had literally washed away during a storm in 2004 [below] – and we were determined to learn from them and not wait for another storm to do its worst. So we carried on improving the track where they had left off.

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

After another storm in 2006 which damaged the track at the back of the house, our predecessors improved this too [below] 

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

[photo: Europa Alpacas]

5 to remember
el coche de alquiler – the hire car
cuesta abajo – downhill
agradecido/a – thankfully
en línea recta – straight line
vagamente – vaguely

4 thoughts on “Access by track

  1. Antonio Ethan Milian

    That’s great work you’ve done there! I remember Spanish storms, they can be very sudden and destructive (and affect also the electricity supply, I had several burnt computers and game consoles to prove it 🙂

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    1. sandradan1 Post author

      Thx Antonio. Yes electricity can fluctuate, we have our own solar electricity supply and have circuit breakers on all important appliances. We learned the hard way! SD

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