Tourist Triathlon by the Ebro for the allergic to the lounger

It is not necessary to be superhumans of steel and 'adamantium'. Being a little more greased than the tin man is enough

This summer, a new new tourist route of fierce name ('triathlon along the banks of the Ebro'), but within the reach of all those who are in acceptable physical shape. An exhibition of 'kitesurf', a long bike ride y A little of Hiking They are part of the activities, to which we must also add a descent of the Ebro in a canoe.

La Provincial Council of Zaragoza is behind this proposal, but also small businesses of the towns along which the route runs, such as Ebronauts, The Ciclería, Caralebro and the rain-fed surfer from the reservoir The Loteta. "In fact, our purpose is to make the province known but also to promote tourism, gastronomy and the hotel offer of the towns on the riverbank", they explain in the Diputación, where they made this multi-adventure to cast the hook on the young public . The walks 'made in DPZ' through medieval castles, the sea of ​​Aragon or the legacy of Goya are now classics. They say that last year the star was the Romanesque of the Pyrenees (it was a Jacobean year) and that this 2011 the Moncayo routes are sweeping, including a visit to the recently recovered cathedral of Tarazona.
However, the most innovative (and sweaty) proposal this season is the peculiar triathlon, whose next appointment will be held this Sunday, although there will be one more chance on September 25. «It is not necessary to bring anything because even the bikes are provided by us. The only thing that anyone who wants to participate should bring is comfortable clothing, sunscreen and some mosquito repellent”, comment those responsible for this completely competitive test. Another essential prerequisite is to sign up (before Friday at 12.00:30 at the Viajes Halcón office on Calle de Canfranc in Zaragoza) and pay the XNUMX euros that the adventure costs (food included).

But ... to the mess. How does this invention work? To start suffering, even if it's Sunday, it's time to get up early because the bus leaves at 8.45 from the Carmen's gate. As for the 9.30, it must have reached The Loteta, where an exhibition of 'kitesurf', which can be the most spectacular if Eolo is in good spirits and blowing hard over the reservoir.

Of pinions and flows

Immediately after (with just enough time to digest the croissant and not get crossed in the trachea), the bike ride. This may be the most sacrificed part (at least for buttocks, buttocks and rumps) because they are 20 kilometers, which are completed in about three hours since the pedaling rhythm is paused. It goes through Pedrola, Figueruelas, Grisen, they are becoming 'paradicas' to explain curiosities of the Imperial Canal, and it is reached, with the buttocks made of dust but some pernacas that not even Induráin (in his stage prior to surrendering to the madeleines), is reached -we say-, the poplar of the The Codera (Alagón), where you can enjoy food at the table.

We have already planted ourselves, more or less, in the 13.30 and although laziness peeks out from behind each bush and invites you to take a nap after paella, at 15.00:XNUMX p.m. the reveille is heard again to put the expedition back on track. He has to take the canoe and cover - row that you will row - the section between La Codera and the Torres de Berrellén boat. "First we do a five-minute course so that no one gets soaked by falling into the water," says Néstor J. Torrecilla, environmental educator at Ebronautas, where "for a long time active fluvial tourism has been committed to in a privileged natural and cultural environment. ». Torrecilla says that the current controversy of the low water level and the 'low' flow of the Ebro does not prevent carrying out the activity because "there are always areas where you can navigate: 25 cubic meters per second is more than enough and, in addition, it is safer when you work with groups. Although they understand that the limit of 30 meters was encrypted "so that fish would not be found floating belly up", in Ebronautas they are in favor of establishing the environmental regime of flows on a scientific basis and with a process of public participation.

Aeolus, the waters, the divine and the human... The fact is that when we return to the route, we disembark in Torres de Berrellén and, after some rigorous stretching, the hiking gear led by the people of Caralebro. Actually, it is 'Nordic walking', "a way of optimizing the natural walk, which also benefits the joints and the cardiorespiratory system." In the purest Finnish style (although passing through the Drum grove), you walk with sticks to exercise 90% of the muscles until you reach Sobradiel.

And that's it. That's it. At this point, the flood will leave the happy 'broken triathlon runners' who will get back on the bus, proud of their feat but admiring the efficiency of the bus's diesel engine...


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