02-Apr-2012 -- On our way southwards we stopped in Segovia and visited the great cathedral, the Alcazar fortress and the Roman aqueduct which apparently was in use up till about a hundred years ago.
We started by making a lazy man’s mistake: we put the village of Aldehuela del Codonal on our car’s GPS as we set out from Segovia. Looking at a rough car map the confluence point seemed to be about 10 km eastwards, more or less on N-110. But the lady in the GPS told us it was about 45 km and set us off on some minor roads, to a large part gravelled. We guessed she new best and followed her instructions for a while. When our hand-held Garmin told us we were getting further and further away from the confluence point, we finally turned down the lady's recommendations, got back on N-110 and trusted Garmin which brought us to the village Torrecaballeros. The confluence point was about 1.8 km from there (this village seems to be the nearest village to the c.p., not Aldehuela del Codonal which according to the car’s GPS was about 45 km northwards from the c.p.)
From N-110 it was about 780m to the confluence point. I remembered Rainer Mautz had mentioned something about possibly ferocious bulls grazing the fields between the road and the confluence point and missed my walking stick. But I saw no bulls or cows, only a few fairly fresh droppings. The ground had been so well grazed that there was no reason for the cattle to stay. I ran part of the the way due to some threatening rain, and scared up a rabbit.
The landscape was beautiful, the air fresh and clean, the threatening rain gave an almost spooky light effect and the colours would have been a gift to a professional photographer.
Back at the car I saw there had been a heavy shower which I fortunately missed during my twenty minutes absence. An easy visit!