Leaving Cordoba for Toledo

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leaving Cordoba, narrow street as viewed from inside the car
We left Cordoba on Easter Sunday, heading north to Toledo. Not far out of Cordoba, we were directed to a detour onto the opposite lane of traffic! While cars entering the highway past the detour stayed on the same highway. At first we thought there was some road construction, but then figured out it was traffic flow control. There were a lot of cars going back to Madrid, so they needed more lanes going north. The traffic wasn't too on the detour. We just kind of wondered what we would do if we had to get off the highway sooner than the detour returned us to the right side of traffic! That's one thing about driving in Spain, the highways don't have a lot of on and off ramps like in the US, so if you missed an exit, like we did while going from Seville to the hill towns, we had to just go with the flow and take a different route.
It would have been 50 km before we could turn around!
As in the last few segments of our travel in the southwest part of Spain, there were lots of olive trees along the road. As we drove past the small town of Santa Elena (which I only knew from looking at the map), we were leaving Andalucia and into Castilla-La Mancha we started going up into some mountains, and near the border there was a rest stop, with a stop and a parking lot, and we thought maybe a view of the mountain pass we just drove through, so we pulled off the road and looked out the back of the store and restaurant, there was a view of the pass, and it was pretty. It was a nice little break from the driving.
Then we hit some traffic which was really the only one we hit while driving all over Spain, people apparently going back to Madrid from wherever they were vacationing over the Holy Week. Luckily we were not going to Madrid today, so we turned off the highway when we could and went to Don Quixote country to see the windmills.
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leaving Cordoba, narrow street as …
leaving Cordoba, narrow street as…
olive trees!
olive trees!
more olive trees
more olive trees
stopped for traffic!
stopped for traffic!
we were directed to drive on the W…
we were directed to drive on the …
an unfinished bridge
an unfinished bridge
still driving on the wrong side. w…
still driving on the wrong side. …
approaching a national park with v…
approaching a national park with …
we stopped to look at the mountain
we stopped to look at the mountain
and to look at the road we came up…
and to look at the road we came u…
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photo by: Pearl510