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    remove the barnet and its muf - OMG (he'll kill me )

    (sorry)

    the bridge <3 - gorge is gorgeous

    shame about the weather - isnt the ronda road kinda like cat and fiddle/a272/a68 of spain??

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    Excellent Rob!

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    Rain? In Spain? You're having us on!

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    Sorry to hijack your post, Rob, but I must ask Mr K how he know he's going to get the pox in 1 month 4 weeks and 1 day

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballistic View Post
    Sorry to hijack your post, Rob, but I must ask Mr K how he know he's going to get the pox in 1 month 4 weeks and 1 day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr K View Post
    Staffordshire Tosser's Do

    Oh, right... don't forget to wear some protection

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    Well I think this might have wrapped things up for now, at least until I get back home.

    Repeat to self a thousand times: "Thou shalt not get pissed and sit on thou's laptop". Consequences of: Screen is buggered and barely visible with a sort of Warhol-esque negative effect.

    Don't think I've got the fortitude to do this from the Blackberry Plaything or the Smartphone as they both drive me crackers.

    And this thing isn't charging now either

    Losing power..

    ..Daisy, daisy give me your answer do..

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    oops

    hope it didnt hurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairnet600 View Post
    oops

    hope it didnt hurt
    It did 'cos I'm gutted, I'm lost without my little gizmo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post


    Well I think this might have wrapped things up for now, at least until I get back home.

    Repeat to self a thousand times: "Thou shalt not get pissed and sit on thou's laptop". Consequences of: Screen is buggered and barely visible with a sort of Warhol-esque negative effect.

    Don't think I've got the fortitude to do this from the Blackberry Plaything or the Smartphone as they both drive me crackers.

    And this thing isn't charging now either

    Losing power..

    ..Daisy, daisy give me your answer do..
    Oh no Do you want me to FedEx a new laptop to your hotel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nutty GSER View Post
    Oh no Do you want me to FedEx a new laptop to your hotel?
    You da man!

    Now I would have taken you up on that but have just snaffled some cricket tickets..so will pop home shortly..

    Cheers buddy, enjoy Italia!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    You da man!

    Now I would have taken you up on that but have just snaffled some cricket tickets..so will pop home shortly..

    Cheers buddy, enjoy Italia!
    Rob

    Cheers Rob

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    Day 20 - Ronda to Granada

    Well, the weather has cleared. How very jolly. We’ve a few things on the agenda, and that is so rarely the case so we’re up very early to explore a little more of the town which was rudely interrupted when a combination of rain, tapas and Rioja stopped play last night.

    We’re off to the Bullring. Spain’s oldest evidently. It doesn’t open until ten, so there’s a chance to grab breakfast in a side street in about the only place that seemed to be open in town. Nice place though. A cheery senorita serves good coffee and pastries.



    The bullring is a terrific visit. A wonderful piece of architecture, at least from the inside.



    Splendid..



    Standard arsing about ensues (note this is compulsory behaviour for tourists of Anglo Saxon origin).



    Not my kind of space, however at least I could actually jam myself in this one, rather than the dreadful impossibilities faced on the last Iberian Ramble..





    ..and a few interesting sights to see from the exhibits behind the scenes, too.





    The bullring visit gets a big thumbs up.



    Brilliant

    Off we go, then, heading North East, looking for El Chorro. Not as easy as it may seem. Garmin doesn’t seem to acknowledge it (?) and it is a town too. Hmm. Oh, and plenty of Spanish road building and diversion efforts shove us off in differing directions to add to the fun.



    We found this nice little Castillo, though..



    A stop for a drink with a new found friend to clarify on directions. Hello, old chap.



    Finally we wind into the hills and are on our way and twenty minutes later we’re there.



    And very impressive it is too.



    The King’s Path around the cliff looks like it has seen far better days, mind.



    On we go, then.



    ...

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    nice

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    ... day 20 to Granada continued..

    A lot of back road riding is done; even the major roads are particularly winding and so it takes time to cover ground, but there’s no hassle.

    A few coffees later (and some Jamon Iberico, naturally ) we opt to take the Autovia for a leisurely hour of motorway in to Granada to round things off. What makes the motorway particularly palatable was the now splendid scenery; the miles pass effortlessly in the late afternoon sunshine.

    We book in to the supposedly four star Hotel Alixares. It has very mixed reviews but what the hell, the location is good for what we’re after. The hotel is a doddle to find and despite its seventies reception charm the room is small and adequate. The bike goes into the underground car park so that is a welcome feature.

    Settled in we debate whether to go in to town or just settle in for a night in so we can get an early start to tomorrow’s tourist attractions.
    Eventually we say to go out and decide to treat ourselves to a taxi in to town. In trying to take us down to the town we’re thwarted by seemingly very bored Guardia Civil who keep diverting us- go around, go around. We kind of go a long way to go a short distance, but the taxi driver tells us there are 30 different street processions taking place tonight, so he gets us as close in as possible and only wants 5 euro despite the demands of the meter. A good egg.

    Wandering in to the town and we can already hear the bands playing in the distance, so we’re chopping through the mazy streets to find one of the many events..











    Ah.. a hostelry. The shelter of the bar from the madding crowd



    A great find.



    Nice drop of the old red, this. Fruity bucket, don’t you know



    And some light tapa action..



    Back to the entertainment..





    The processions even follow you to the pub.. look there’s one outside..



    Those rose petals play havoc with yer flip-flops..



    No taxis as the processions are still winding their way around the town until the small hours, so there’s the small matter of climbing from the town back up to the hotel.

    Someone is not at all happy about that..



    Come along now, keep up at the back



    Back at the hotel, peculiarly everyone has gone to bed. There’s a good deal of rattling around until a night porter eventually shows up and opens the door. Four stars? This isn’t a Paignton guest house mate..!

    And so to bed. Cracking day.

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    Crackin' write up Rob
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