Day Ten Cue Sheet

Burgo de Osma to Retortillo de Soria (70 km)
A word of caution before you start: If you do this route outside of the summer months, be sure to get a confirmed accommodation reservation in either Tiermes or Retortillo de Soria, or be prepared to continue on to Atienza, where there are several hotels (not a big deal, since it’s almost all downhill on the way there.) The road between Montejo de Tiermes and Retortillo is currently being resurfaced and work should be done by the summer of 2008, but if you’re on a road bike and you don’t want to take the chance that it isn’t, take the first right after Burgo de Osma, following the SO160 through Gormaz and Recuerda; this option shortens the day to 40 km.  Km  0.0  0.870  0.875   4.7 7.0 You need to…. Turn LEFT out of the Plaza Mayor and follow c/ Mayor to the end. At the end of c/ Mayor, turn RIGHT and cross the bridge that goes over the creek. (If you need to stock up on food, there’s a Carrefour supermarket on the other side of the road.) Turn LEFT onto Carretera de la Rasa (regional road SO160) and keep going straight with the creek on your left. When the SO160 turns off towards Gormaz, keep going straight (SO-P-4123). Pass by the La Guera Industrial Estate. LA RASA – Continue on the SO-P-4123 over the train tracks and follow the road LEFT past the abandoned railway settlement. Cross the Duero River. Abandoned town of NAVAPALOS (pop.:1 –no joke). LEFT at fork and follow paved road uphill towards FRESNO DE CARACENA FRESNO DE CARACENA. Take first RIGHT (c/Carretera) past church and fountain and follow dirt road up and out of town. Stay on dirt road and follow the main (big) dirt path towards QUINTANAS RUBIAS DE ARRIBA.

 11  11.4  12.4  17.3  17.5

      

Km 23.3 24.2 30.1 31.6 33.4 38

 38.5  48.5

 52.4  55.6

You need to…. QUINTANAS RUBIAS DE ARRIBA: Go straight through town. Road forks; keep following main (big) dirth path. Dirt path merges with the SO-P-4218; continue going straight. SO-P-4218 merges with the SO-P-4003. Turn right at indications for MONTEJO DE TIERMES. If you don’t need to go into MONTEJO DE TIERMES (water; bar at weekends), turn LEFT onto SO135. There’s a picnic spot on the highway beside TORRESUSO. To visit the Roman ruins at TIERMES, turn RIGHT at the signed exit (SO-P-4120). The site is open Tuesday to Sunday; there’s also a hotel which serves a menú del día if you want lunch. The pavement starts to get worse after Tiermes; once you cross the creek, turn RIGHT and follow the SO135 and keep going straight until just before Tarancueña. If you don’t fancy the climb up over the hill behind TARANCUEÑA (and the construction around there!) look for a “Camino Rural – 40 km/h sign on the right-hand side just before you get into town. The dirt road is sometimes used by dump trucks picking up dirt, but outside of working hours, there shouldn’t be that much traffic. Dirth path ends at the SO135. Turn right and keep going straight to RETORTILLO DE SORIA. RETORTILLO DE SORIA. Turnoff to the campsite is just before town, coming in on the SO135.

Day Ten Cue Sheet

BURGO DE OSMA – RETORTILLO DE SORIA (55.5 km)
START POINT: Plaza Mayor, Burgo de Osma WHERE TO GET FOOD AND WATER: Stock up on whatever you may need in Burgo, since there are no stores or restaurants along the route that have reliable timetables (although there is a hotel by the Tiermes archaeological site.) HOW TO GET THERE: Buses connect both Madrid and Burgos with Burgo de Osma. There is no regular bus service to and from Retortillo de Soria. KEEP IN MIND: Take advantage of water wherever you can, as there’s very little shade today and the landscape is pretty exposed. The road between Montejo de Tiermes and Retortillo is currently being resurfaced and work should be done by the summer of 2008, but if you’re on a road bike and you don’t want to take the chance that it isn’t, take the first right after Burgo de Osma, following the SO160 through Gormaz and Recuerda; this option shortens the day to 40 km. WHAT TO SEE: While the Tiermes archaeological site isn’t one of the biggest or most important in Spain, it is one of the few that allows you to walk and picnic around the site. The interpretation centre has complete information in several languages, and tours are given every hour on the hour. WHERE TO SLEEP According to the Soria Tourist Board, there’s a campsite (Camping Sierra Pela, c/Fuente 15, 975-345-010) and hostal in Retortillo, but they don’t seem to be open much outside of summer months. If you want to do a shorter day, Hotel Termes is located a stone’s throw from the Tiermes archaeological site (phone 975-352-055) and has single and double rooms; open all year round.