2nd February 2013.
It was a nice sunny day and I was looking forward to this but it all fell to pieces when the clutch cable snapped on the hire car.If you have ever seen the roads on Madeira then the fact that this particular part failed will come as no surprise to you 🙂
The hire company,Rodavante,were on the scene with a new car within the hour even though I was in the middle of nowhere up near the start of the path.All would have been fine if only I had possession of the relevant documents.As they were lying in the hotel I had to go all the way back to Canico de Baixo and by the time all the paperwork had been sorted out at their office it was too late for the hill.Instead I went up to the Nuns Valley and took some pictures of Pico Grande 🙂
View down on Curral das Freiras from the road up the valley.You can see the old road at the bottom right of the pic about a quarter of the way up the cliff face.
There are some wild and brilliant roads on the island some of which you can see at the bottom of this pic.If you lived in some of these houses and tripped over your back door step you may well die 🙂
Pico Grande from the roadside above Curral das Freiras.Looks like some sort of red hot poker in front but if you know for definite then let me know.
A closer look at Pico Grande.
I`d read before I went that it was the only summit that required a bit of scrambling making use of a line of bolts.I can assure you in the next post that there is another one that requires climbing 🙂
A much closer look at the summit block.
Finally,a bonus pic of the Penha d`Aguia on the north coast.