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    Quote Originally Posted by Deptford Dean View Post
    No mates... that's why I'm always on solo roadtrips.
    Not really! I always like a solo adventure. It really is a different experience compared to going with a group. Both great fun but I love that isolation and independence of being alone. You meet more people too because you're more approachable by the "natives".
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    Always someone who wants to talk when you are away,problem with my mates is all they want to do is blast to Helmsley and back

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    Enjoyed that cheers, looking forward to the return report

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    Fantastic and inspirational on a few levels
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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    Nice. Great looking bike too

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    A great read over a cup of coffee.
    I’m off to Bilbao ex Portsmouth in September for my first bike trip in Spain. Very much looking forward to it. Your report only makes me more excited.

    Hurry up and get back there. Enjoy your route back through France to St Malo. If you need any recommendations for accommodation around Britanny give me a shout as it’s my local biking stomping grounds.

    Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyNeil View Post
    A great read over a cup of coffee.
    I’m off to Bilbao ex Portsmouth in September for my first bike trip in Spain. Very much looking forward to it. Your report only makes me more excited.

    Hurry up and get back there. Enjoy your route back through France to St Malo. If you need any recommendations for accommodation around Britanny give me a shout as it’s my local biking stomping grounds.

    Neil
    Thanks Neil. I've decided to come back via Bilbao. I've just booked the ferry 1st May 10.30am to Portsmouth. My flight to Alicante lands 25th April so that gives me a couple of days in the Spanish Mediterranean sunshine and then a leisurely 3 day ride north back up through Spain on mainly rural roads.
    I'm glad you enjoyed the ride report...part two coming soon.
    Spain is a great biking destination. A variety of roads/routes to chose from and hotels/food still relatively cheap. Great landscape/scenery. You'll enjoy your September trip.
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    Dean

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    I will dean. I will be in a bar on board the Celebrity Reflection celebrating the big 50 somewhere in the Med on the 1st May. I shall try to remember (hic) to raise a glass to your safe passage.... ooooerrr.

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    Enjoyed this - ta !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyNeil View Post
    I will dean. I will be in a bar on board the Celebrity Reflection celebrating the big 50 somewhere in the Med on the 1st May. I shall try to remember (hic) to raise a glass to your safe passage.... ooooerrr.
    50!...happy birthday to you young man.... May 1st is my 56th birthday...and I'll be propping up the bar all alone I suppose on the Pont Aven... unless that is I meet a young lady who's interested in chatting about stroke length and shaft drives😀

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    In that case I will have to have another beer to celebrate yours too!

    Have a good one

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    Nice one DD. I love northern Spain and looking forward to Part 2

    Feckin youngsters ! Will be 58 this May Day
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    Really enjoyed that, thanks for posting and looking forward to the return report.

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    Very good.

    Must try Spain via that ferry one day.

    ps - I already have my bus pass
    Carpe Diem!

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    if it is any consolation I am a miserable old fecker already. Although I do accept I need a few more years of honing my whining to get to all your standards

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    As promised...part 2....the return leg

    I'd finished my 2 weeks working in the uk and flew back out to Alicante airport for a couple of days R'n'R before riding the 750xrv back to Bilbao and the ferry home that I'd already booked for 10am 1st May...my birthday. I had planned a couple of days rest before a leisurely3 day ride across central Spain.
    I landed late Wednesday night 25th of April. I caught the last bus at 11pm from the airport to Benidorm. That's almost 1 hour away, then a taxi to Albir, about 15 mins away.

    Gatwick North Terminal


    The 2 days R'n'R turned into 4 days R'n'R with copious amounts of spontaneous boozing and a few hangovers....which only left 2 days riding to catch the ferry. Plenty of time but with less overnight stops.


    The Stone Bar


    A good cure for hangovers.
    This is what I love about Spanish food. So simple yet so good. Quality ingredients and minimal fuss.


    Once I had recovered from having what I thought at the time was me having loads of fun and no doubt talking loads of bollocks to whoever I thought looked interested in listening....I set off early on a beautifully sunny morning from the shores of the Med...to have loads more fun on my bike. I did feel slightly ropey though to be honest. I'm a proper lightweight drinker.



    I set off and headed inland for 35 miles over the cv-70, a lovely twisty road.



    90 minutes later I reached the faster A-7 and went up past Valencia and onto the A-23 to Teruel.
    The landscape here is very open and the wind really started to pick up strength.
    Jesus Christ! They've got some strong winds in Spain, the Levante, the Mistral, the Tramuntana. The Tramuntana is a crazy wind. It's know as a Katabatic wind, which comes down off a mountain and gets funnelled down towards the warmer coast. I experienced it once in 1996 while wild camping on the northern Costa Brava French/Spanish border. It feels like it was yesterday. I felt like I'd been 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. They say it can drive you insane. It's something Salvador Dali had lived with while growing up in Cadaques as a young lad. Maybe there is some truth in that saying.

    Anyway... they wind was making it hard going so I pulled off the fast A-23 and found a nice little hotel in Burbaguena on the N-234.(I later discovered it was exactly halfway to Bilbao...to the mile) What a lovely find. One room available in the old mill called MoBu (El Molino de Burbaguna) The staff were very friendly. As soon as I walked in I was offered a cold beer...maybe I looked like I needed one after all that buffeting the wind had given me.

    This was my evening meal. It was beautiful. I had breakfast too and it cost £60 all in. Coffees and a few more beers as well.Not cheap but not too dear either.



    A few pictures off Burbaguena. A very small, peaceful village in Aragon

















    Next morning up and out early,,,chilly day but blue skies. The wind had died down, or should I say hadn't yet picked up. It did get stronger but not as bad as the day before. I was to take slower roads today all the way to another hotel, Hotel Ibis in Bilbao. One from a chain of 4,400 worldwide Ibis hotels. I had stayed in an Ibis in Morocco once...I'm sure this was the same one.
    More to follow

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    Fab stuff
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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