Our 2 day trip starts in Albacete which is the main city of the eponymous province Albacete which belongs to the region of Castile-La Mancha.
Starting in Albacete on the N-322 with a 30 km dead straight road through corn fields before arriving in Balzote, the entry point to the valley of the Rio del Jardin or known as the Greenway of Don Quijote.
on the footsteps of Don Quijote on the dusty roads in the valley of the Rio del Jardin (see orange hiking sign “Footsteps of Don Quijote” on the above map)
It is a great possibility to spend time in nature. Entry point is right after Balzote, you are almost immediately arriving to the green valley. The pathway is following the river Rio del Jardin. Trembling poplars line the path and provide shade. Deers, rabbits, foxes and other wild animals are seen very often. Depending on time and condition there is no need to start in Balzote. There are plenty of possibilities to hop on the trail in the valley. Be aware that the complete trail is around 25 km. There are no restaurants or shops. So don’t forget to take enough water and a snack with you.
As there are not a lot of people following this pathway, it is really great to spend some time on your own or with a beloved person. I always have a long walk with Romeo and it feels really good after some hours behind the steering wheel of TheRollingBeast. Unfortunately this route is forbidden to drive with cars, only bikes or hiking possibilities. So, the TheRollingBeast needs to stay out.
On the road to La Puerta de Segura
The route follows the river Rio del Jardim with a lot of curves, so the speed is quite chilly, especially with TheRollingBeast. I am not a motorcycle rider. But I could imagine that this road would be a great one with a Harley Davidson. 😉 I promise the next time I will make a exclusive video for you.
Leaving the valley behind still keep driving on the N-322. 10 km after the village Villapalacios you are leaving the region Castile-La Mancha and entering Andalucia.
Most of the spanish national roads are in a very good condition and good to ride. Nevertheless I prefer the dusty roads, there are several possibilities in this section to go offroad and follow some dusty roads. But be aware that most of these pathways are private.