Weekly Photo Challenge : Path

I’ve been away for a few days, and am back today heading straight into this week’s new photo challenge – path.
I figured that with my being away recently, it was rather appropriate to do a post from far away :-). So, settle yourselves down, fasten those seatbelts we’re heading off to Spain, yep! Northern Spain, to an area that is called the Asturias. My visit to the region started off in the regions capital, a place called Oviedo, and shortly afterwards I headed off to the village of Proaza. Wonderfully scenic area, with numerous activities. I can see some you wondering what all of this has to do with path – well, obviously, there was a path from South Africa to Spain, and another to Oviedo, and another to Proaza :-).
But the post is about the path I took on a hiking trail in the mountains of the region. The path was well signposted and climbed very steeply from the street level neighbouring village. Very soon it became apparent that this was not just an ordinary path, but one that was literally cut into the mountainside, and in some instances, tunnelled through it, and in others even notched into it. The notches were quite narrow, barely high enough to stand in, with quite a precarious ledges, not to mention daunting overhangs, there was even a handrail fixed to the rock face for holding on. The interesting thing is that because the path winds its way along the contours, you can’t see too far ahead, so you don’t really know where it’s heading to, because of the blind corners. As a result you just seem to keep moving forward, and just go whoaaa!!! when you start heading back, somehow going uphill just seems a lot easier :-). Clearly, not for those who suffer from vertigo, or whose fingers start tingling when they so much as even stand on a soap box:-). There were a few mountain goats in the area, that made it look so simple with their more than adequate 4×4 climbing gear :-).  Fortunately for me, I could get by with just treading very carefully, holding on when I needed to, and just take it all in….absolutely incredible……The journey continues……………

Today’s challenge images are of moments along that journey………….






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