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Thread: Picos May 2018 - Route Planned, Feedback Sort!

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    It was miserable weather that day so wasn't that fussed tbh. I did intend on coming back another day much later on but never had time.

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    The Covadonga Lake District is very pretty. See the shots at forty-five seconds into my video :-



    In my neck of the woods, Almería Province on the comparatively undiscovered south-eastern Mediterranean coastline, a Brit couple run a place called "Tyre King" in Antas, right by the main coastal motorway A-7/E.15 in the "El Real" industrial park.
    Very decent service, if not the keenest prices, but friendly and efficient.

    A pair of Michelin's outstanding Pilot Road 3 rubbers, €270 fitted, which involves of course dismantling both ends of the bike - my Spanish bike is the superb mould-breaking New Concept Honda 750 twin with the 6-speed auto transmission, no clutch lever and no gear pedal, to remove each wheel, rip out the old rubber without scraping the rim paintwork, , fit new and then balance up.

    Not terribly bad, all told.
    And a dire written warning on the invoice :-

    "Please corner cautiously for the first 100km to rub-in the tyres, which are very slippery from the release agent used at the factory".

    AL in Mojácar.
    The list of folks I'd trust with my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabby View Post
    I tried to ride to the lakes of Covandonga last week and was stopped, public transport only they said, by bus or taxi...
    That's pretty common practice in popular places. The PN Ordesa is the same.

    Regs

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymfb View Post
    Depending upon your budget go stay at Paradors and Hotel del oso, the food is excellent.

    http://www.hoteldeloso.com

    http://www.paradores-spain.com - we particularly like the one at Lerma

    The Monasterio de Zoilo was also fantastic - http://sanzoilo.com/?lang=en
    Yup,

    I’ve just booked up for July 18 staying at paradors in Cangas de Narcea, Cangas de Onis and then 4 nights at the Hotel del Oso

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    What dates? I think you said "when you're not there". Nice!

    That stretch from Navia to Grandas de Salime is a great road. I've taken the muppet above on it twice. There is a great cut through which follows the windfarm and goes to Sta Eulalia de Oscos. There you will find a great restaurant there called Casa Pepe with outside tables under a vine. Portions a bit too large for my liking if you go for the menu of the day, especially if you have a long ride ahead of you. If you're interested PM me because it's too long to explain and I need to look on a sat pict anyway.

    First stop outside of Santander should include San Vicente De La Barquera or Lastres. Lastres is where they film the Spanish "Doc Martin" (Dr. Mateo). San Vicente is a great place to park up, find a bar with chairs outside and enjoy the view of the bay with a cold beer in hand.

    Couple of things: I agree, it's a lot of ground you are hoping to cover and it will be somewhat hectic.

    Be careful of the shadowed surfaces where moss grows, especially on the corners. Surfaces are variable but the grip is great almost anywhere without moss.

    If you wanted to, you could skip Galicia altogether and you'd have more than a weeks entertainment in Asturias and cantabria alone.

    In May you will have no trouble finding accommodation (except maybe Potes and surrounds, the rest no worries) and it gives you flexibility to avoid weather; you may be forced south or north along the coast. Get the eltiempo.es weather APP and look at the rain radar .gif for 48hrs.

    I hope you are lucky with the weather and have a great time.

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    Thanks all, very useful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsey View Post
    Yup,

    I’ve just booked up for July 18 staying at paradors in Cangas de Narcea, Cangas de Onis and then 4 nights at the Hotel del Oso
    Hotel Del Oso is possibly the best value for quality I've had on a biking trip, excellent.

    Taking a keen interest in this thread, our trip isn't planned yet..............although looking on the website the ferry from Plymouth to Santander return with an inside cabin is £608 That's a lot of money before you even get there.

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    Quick update. We're all booked up, ferry to Santander on Friday 4th May. A nice variety of accommodation booked via booking.com

    As I said, we like riding rather than being cultural tourists so mileage is between about 170 and 220 a day, similar to our Pyrenees trip last year. But we will stop for coffee and cake, lunch and have a nice drink in the evening! Cost for the ferry and accomodation for 7 nights is about £600 each. We booked early, which helps.

    Looking forward to it!

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    Following with interest, 6 of us booked, arriving Santander on May 19th

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    Sanxenxo is a good beach town. Worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooperman View Post
    Sanxenxo is a good beach town. Worth a look.
    Comillas is my favourite, fabulous architecture as well as the 'typical' north coast fishing port, with beach ...

    Regs

    Simon

    PS note to self, remember to take Mrs S there this year!

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    I'm sure that whatever you choose to do will be the right thing, anyway. If May brightens up (and it might well do) then is a great time too because it's green and empty.

    Guys'n'gals. I can't stress enough how important it is to have good tyres that have, at least some, rain abilities. That goes for anyone intending to visit the north.

    Despite my request to our group last year to ensure they had good tyres, one of them ended up stripping his to the chord by the last day. (many of) The roads in the north are like sandpaper, which is great for grip, not great on older or part worn tyres. He had a Kwakker 1000 SX but I don't know how old or how worn they were when he arrived. He was, however reluctant to change them for anything other than kawa recommended rubber so I imagine they were.... just that.

    I used the Anakee III's and they were faultless in the wet and the dry, and they lasted two seasons (and would have likely lasted another but I sold the bike).

    As I said, enjoy it. I'm sure you will.

    Let us know how you get on.

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