A swift passage from the mountains at the source of the water catchment system, following the dry fluvial system down to the sea.

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Day 3: Embalse de Puentes

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I could see the Embalse de Puentes from my campsite. I plotted a route to descend down from the mountain side, through some terraces and follow alongside the lake until the dam. However I didn’t anticipate the numerous barrancos emptying into the lake on the side so I had to […]

Day 2: Following the Rio Luchena

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I continued for the next few hours in a surreal state of focus of trekking along the paths of animals that had previously followed the river. There was plenty of growth around the watercourse – reeds and trees. The water was an enticing green and turquoise colour. I felt part […]

Day 2: Reaching the Spring

I reached a spring that likely connected with the underground tunnel. It was a man-made feature with crystal clear water flowing into a pool. After inspecting and realising that the abundance of small black objects in the water were snails and not leaches, I revelled in the opportunity to submerge myself in the water. After […]

Day 2: The Gorge after the Dam

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.There was a man in the only building beside the dam which looked as though it could have been there to service the dam. He didn’t notice me. When I saw that that gate to pass into the gorge beyond the dam was locked I boded my time then carefully […]

Day 2: Following the Tracks

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I hoped that the tracks left by the animals would not end as otherwise I would have to work my way through a maze of identical shrubs. I came across a hole in the ground. It was approximately 2 metres in diameter and revealed a fissure which was perhaps an […]

Day 2: Embalse de Valdeinfierno

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I navigated myriad of paths left by animals and livestock that had walked there dotted with hundreds of sinewy reddish-coloured trees, lined with pined trees. This route reached an impassable rock bank which forced the watercourse into a bottleneck. Here the tree cover parted neatly because the heavily trafficked route […]

Day 1: Sistemas Efímeros

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.I began the trip feeling confident but wondering whether I was taking too much kit. I was apprehensive about how to take into account the multiple threads of the trip that I had outlined in the proposal and in the theoretical document. I kept in mind that it was a personal […]