|11-01-2010, 11:38 AM||#1|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Barcelona, Spain, Motorcycle Heaven
Spain: Maestrazgo, land of Templar Knights
..... And the land of good ham, raw shep cheese, fall colors, smells ....
This region of the area of Teruel and Castellon in eastern Spain has excited my husband and me, so we went a couple of days to explore a bit more. It is called Maestrazgo (from Maestre, Master of the Order) because it was the country where lots of european Templar Knights were exiled in the Middle Age. As it was Reconquista (Crusade) times they were more than well received.
The region is full of castles and History.
We stayed in the beautiful village of Molinos in a lovely hostel .... although there was an annoying meeting of cellists who were testing all day
The Keeper of the Bikes
Ham and ham
Just outside the village, we went to find tracks
We entered semi-desert paths, life there must be hard
Asking a resident of Cuevas de Cañart about near gas stations, and the man laughed as we had to give a good lap to find the next one
Entering the tunnel to reach Castellote
Lonely roads and begins to rain
We did a combination of off-road tracks and regional roads, in some cases were better tracks than roads
It was getting dark, but we were going ahead
The way of the Gorges of Guadalope is called the Strait of Hell, the name was justified by the road and weather conditions at the time
The colors in the rain and autumn were lovely
Toni is dancing in the rain
Next to the Hostal de las Truchas
Ideal route for dual-sport bikes
Cañada de Benatanduz
In this bar of the beautiful village of Cantavieja we ate a well deserved ham sandwich with olives and fine wine that we felt great because we were wet and cold.
Once we turn off parts of a forest track towards Mosqueruela
On the first track we met the first frozen puddles of the season way to Valdelinares
The Ténéré blends with the environment
Fontanet, a high mountain village with his ham-drying places
We returned to Cantavieja (sorry not being able to visit its castle with calm) and as night came we decided to leave and go back to Molinos.
Mirambel, after rain in the evening light was amazing
Luco de Bordon
And at night we arrived at Molinos, but didn't go to bed before passing by the bar of the local geeks, I felt good the beer
Obviously we could not leave without visiting the impressive gorge of Molinos in the very town center
Link to full photo album http://picasaweb.google.com/toniquiet2/TrailMaestrazgp #
Please excuse the English of my automatic translator!
Motorcycle tours in Spain
Motostrail screwed with this post 11-01-2010 at 11:50 AM
|11-01-2010, 11:48 AM||#2|
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: S W France my little bit of paradise
Great photos thanks
I,M HERE FOR A GOOD TIME NOT ALONG TIME
|11-02-2010, 02:28 PM||#4|
Joined: May 2007
Location: Santa Barbara
if the food and hotels are as good as the pix, it MAY be motorcycle heaven....Bruce
A life spent inside a camera: Auto/Motorcycle factories/museums/travels/trains/planes/bikes/cars
|11-02-2010, 03:01 PM||#5|
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Location: Cumberland, MD Twisties Heaven in any direction
Exquisite! Great pictures, and fantastic Report. Hope there is more to come in the future. Thanks!
|11-02-2010, 04:23 PM||#6|
Joined: Mar 2010
Thanks for the memories!. I have hiked through the area when I walked the Camino de Santiago in 2003 and 2006. Spain is a nice place to trek whether on wheels or on feet>
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