Tourist Triathlon by the Ebro for the allergic to the lounger

You don't have to be superhumans of steel and 'adamantium'. Just being a little oilier 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 at the Provincial Council, where they made this multi-adventure to cast the hook for young audiences . Classic are already the 'made in DPZ' walks through medieval castles, the Sea of ​​Aragon or Goya's legacy. 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 were devastating, including a visit to the recently recovered cathedral of Tarazona.
However, the most novel (and sweaty) proposal of this season is the peculiar triathlon, whose next appointment will be held this Sunday, although there will be one more chance on September 25. “You don't need to bring anything because even the bikes are provided by us. The only thing that anyone who wants to participate must bring is comfortable clothing, protective cream and some mosquito repellent ", comment those responsible for this absolutely competitive test. Another prerequisite and essential is to sign up (before Friday at 12.00 at the Viajes Halcón office in Zaragoza, Canfranc street) and pay the 30 euros (food included) that the adventure costs.

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 become 'parades' to explain curiosities of the Imperial Canal, and it is reached, with the buttocks thrown in dust but some pernacas that not even Induráin (in its stage prior to indulging in the cupcakes), we say, 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 a nap after paella, at 15.00:XNUMX p.m. the bull's-eye is heard again to put the expedition back on track. It is time to take the canoe and cover -rema 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 takes a dip falling into the water," says Néstor J. Torrecilla, Ebronautas environmental educator, where "for a long time there has been a commitment to active river tourism in a privileged natural and cultural environment. ». Torrecilla says that the current controversy of the low water and the 'low' flow of the Ebro does not prevent the activity from being carried out 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 top of 30 meters was encrypted "so that no fish were found floating belly up," in Ebronautas they are in favor of establishing the environmental flow regime based on science and with a process of public participation.

Aeolus, the waters, the divine and the human ... The fact is that, back on the route, we disembark at Torres de Berrellén and, after some rigorous stretching, the hiking gear captained by the people of Caralebro. In reality, it is about 'nordic walking', "a way to optimize the natural walk, which also benefits the joints and the cardiorespiratory apparatus". In the purest Finnish style (although passing through the drum grove), you walk with poles to exercise 90% of the muscles until you reach Sobradiel.

And that's it. It is done. At this point the flood will leave the happy 'triathloners exhausted' who will get back on the coach, proud of their feat but admired by the efficiency of the bus's diesel engine ...


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