So a pretty lazy day today but sometimes that just has to be done. In hindsight as always when I stay 2 days I should really spread out the lazy..relaxing after the ride and then sightsee the next day but it never seems to work that way. For one its good for my legs to keep moving after cycling, and for two..I really do have an ocd fixation on having to know where the local supermarket is (and yogurt shop). So that probably accounts for why I was so tired last night...hard days cycling then straight out and about getting to know where I was. I did go out this morning, up to the mirador at the top of the town then back down to the new town to the supermarket before heading back to the posada.
Cuenca and it's sierra are quite renowned in Spain..Cuenca old town is a world heritage sight due to it's medieval stone buildings perched on and in the rocks surrounding it. The whole town up on a hill between the deep gorges of the Rio Jucar and Huecar. And it is from these cliffs that the houses hang and are incorporated into. It is quite awe inspiring and beautiful but a little strange as no one really lives here..it is like a life size museum so there are bits that are quite empty. All the inhabitants live in the new town down below..which has some pretty parks at the base of the hill but aside from that there is nothing to write home about.
The rock base is limestone so the gorge in Cuenca and even more so up in the sierra have been carved into some fantastical shapes by natural erosion. The contrast between the pale yellow bare rock and the carpet of green pines is also quite something.
I do get some quilty feeling about lazy inside for most of the day but actually I really need the time out.. of the sun of nothing else!. When cycling I get 5/6 hours non stop of hot sun so I feel I kinda have done that and my body probably needs some time to recoop from it. And as well as sleeping I have done a lot of planning for the last few weeks. It suddenly seems quite a short time away, less than I thought, (only 2 1/2 weeks left on mainland spain!!) and there are various bits and pieces that I need to start organising now for later on. My poor head is so full of logistics now, sometimes this tour feels like a job in itself! I have mixed feelings about it ending and so really trying to only focus fully on the next week which again is going to be a toughie but will be going to some hopefully quite amazing places to make it worthwhile.