Friday 14. [January 1790]
morning we set away at about sun rise. We came two leagues and then went
a league up hill and then another League down hill. This was a road made
through a mountain I suppose 300 foot in Height and all the way almost perpendicular.
4 Leagues before dinner and dined at Orduña a little city with gates
to it at the foot of the mountain. After we had passed the mountain we saw
some ways off a Convent which a man whom we stopped said was of women and
were of the Franciscan order. After dinner we went a plain road about 2
leagues to a small village called Luyando where we shall lodge to night.
We have come 6 Leagues to day.
John Quincy. Diary entry, January 14, 1780. Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts
Historical Society. Published in Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1: November
1779 - March 1786 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
1981). Page 30.