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Old 07-10-2010, 10:47 PM   #1
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Moto Catalunya

A Week Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.



This is Columbus, the guy who sailed to the new world. Many claim he was not a native to Genoa, but rather to Barcelona.

I spent 9 days in Catalonia because my wife wanted to eat at El Bulli.



If you are not a foodie, this means nothing to you--but it's
arguably the best restaurant in the world right now. It's like taking a hot-lap in a KoenigsEgg at Nurburgring or jumping in the Redbull Romaniacs. Unfortunately it's more restrictive than either and if you are after the fairy tail ending you will be disappointed--it has a 16 month waiting list for reservations and we visited but did not get to eat there. But we still had a great time and many moto adventures on this trip.




First, jump a Lufthansa flight to Barcelona. They serve you Warsteiner in a bottle.



Find accommodations in the "Gothic" district. We are at the Catalonia Port, just a few blocks from the water.



we don't have streets like this in Boulder.



Get yourself a meal--the food is great everywhere. Lots of fresh fishies.



And ham, or Jamon, in a variety of dishes.



This guy was running the green bike rental shop across from the breakfast place, and had just settled down when he had to get up on the curb to avoid the street cleaner.



This place has serious street sanitation, probably because the drunken tourists piss in the streets, while the locals' dogs crap on the curb.




Scooters abound, but in Barcelona they have some unique anti theft mechanisms to disable the front end. Never seen that before. I think there is a market for this world wide--possibly starting with bicycles with an appropriate braze on.



Don't dick around in a big city like this, get out and see it, see it all. The best way to see a congested city, is to be free and rent a scooter.



This Honda or whatever else they have will do. Park it on the side walk if you want.



You are in a foreign land, so take this shit seriously and wear a helmet. And secure your Crocs. ATHSATT! Shout out to my friends at the CB1 list.



This one is for sale and I am tempted to make a purchase--the hand drawn illustration gives you an idea of how free you can feel on a scooter.



This is Barcelona's Arce de Triumph, and while very cool, has nothing to do with either of the big wars as Spain sat them out, embroiled in civil war.



We don't have fine old buildings like this in Boulder.



We scooted up to the town's western limit, and took in the 1992 Olympic Stadium. This was the first time Germany sent a unified team. Evelyn Ashford won her fourth Olympic gold in this stadium. You go girl. This was also the first time basketball allowed pros, and the USA fielded the first "Dream Team". Screw you Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.





View over the city is amazing.



It's an international city, so feel free to get some ethnic treats like Indian food.

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Old 07-10-2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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This town feeds on ham. It's everywhere. Mostly hanging from the ceiling, waiting for you to enjoy it.








Tastes so great. "The other white meat" lobby should visit Barcelona.



We're on the Mediterranean, so dont' slight the seafood.



We're at the Hook bar, a Pirate themed place where I enjoy a Piraat.

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Typical breakfast of bread and jamon. And coffee like no Starbucks ever served.



No photography inside the Picasso museum. But he was clearly a crazy drunk SOB.



Lots of dogs in Barcelona. They piss on the streets. This guy was chilling.



Massive waterfront. Beaches beyond.



We stumble upon a specialty beer bar where the selection of the day was, get this, Great Divide Titan IPA from Denver, CO. Rock on Brian Dunn!





This was potato something pate with a lovely presentation.

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Moto Catalunya :: A Week Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean

Two weeks in Thailand and Vietnam and all you get are these blurry pictures and rambling text.

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For 11 Euro each, hop the train 2 hours east to Empuriobravo. This big Merc pusher for the final stretch.



Empuriobrava is the largest "marina" in the world, built some 40 years ago by the Dutch and Germans on what was formerly swamp land. It's a subdivision with sea access. If you had bought here 40 years ago, you'd be doing pretty well. Apparently, holidayers drive here from all over Europe, and "wrinklers" are bussed in daily.



We rent a moto of a different flavor and tour the canals.



For dinner, we have one of the best Thai meals we've ever tasted. And we've been to Thailand twice.



This is a shout out to my friend David who works for Mercury Marine. Sorry, David, but the best outboard ever seems to have been built long ago. You guys should just drop that 2 stroke, diesel, direct injection business

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www.go-sun-go.com is the reason I am in Empuriobrava and not Roses, the next town up the Costa Brava. Brit expats Ian and his wife Julie run an enduro tour company. On our way out of town.



The route towards the Pyrenees runs through rolling farm country.




Karen and Ian looking towards the Pyrenees. We are on a WR 450 and WR 250 respectively. After two days on the 450, I understand why people like them so much! I'm shocked at how much more nimble it is than my XR600 (though not as much as my 300EXC).


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A Bridge Through Laos :: 5 Days out of Vientiane
Moto Catalunya :: A Week Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean

Two weeks in Thailand and Vietnam and all you get are these blurry pictures and rambling text.

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Shoreside of a reservoir in the Pyrenees.





Ian, our guide, a tough Englishman, pointing in the direction we're heading. He and his wife gave up the rat race to have a lifestyle where they could spend more time with their young son.



Mix of double and single track. Some very tight.



Small town for lunch.



With what you may call narrow streets.





Bread and toast always comes rubbed, or ready to rub, with fresh tomato.



Lovely salmon pate.



I have the rabbit.



The dining room is like a cave. I have no idea how old it is. I think the staff refuses to speak anything but Catalan, but Ian's Spanish is enough to get us what we want.



Just before lunch, Karen took a tumble on a steep decent, getting caught in a rut, and hurt her ankle. 7 days later we determine with X rays that it's actually a break. But she is hard as nails and rides out the day. 9 days later she'll get a plate with 7 screws. Here Ian stops to check in with her.



Some of the narrower track.



I don't believe we have enlisted, but we have been issued Army tires. Sweet.



The soil is much like Colorado--decomposed granite--but the foliage is heavier.



Not a bad view from our hotel's balcony.

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