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Old 03-24-2013, 09:42 AM   #361
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The world is full of suckass driver and at times any one of us can fall into the category, though most simply visit occasionally some take up full time residence there.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:49 AM   #362
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"Put everybody in a Gran Prix car for a week to sort out those who shouldn't drive."

I'll stay home that week !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:05 PM   #363
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BUMP BUMP BUMP

The Bellingham title definitely caught my eye, i've lived here for the last 13 years. im 26 now. im new to riding, new to these forums, new to learning how to fix my motorcycle and new to motorcycle blogs/ ride reports. this thread gives me goosebumps. the photos are incredible, the people you've came across are interesting and the way you write about your journey does not get boring or dull. this ride report is truly inspirational and very motivating for myself. i've only been riding for 3 years and im spending this summer (2013) in central washington to work, and hoping to gain more on-bike experience, on and off road, so hopefully next summer, i can take my first long distance trip. Ryan, if you ever come back to Bellingham i would love to meet up and and grab a great PNW microbrew and chat it up and learn some things. hope all is well thanks for such a great story
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #364
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The Bellingham title definitely caught my eye, i've lived here for the last 13 years. im 26 now. im new to riding, new to these forums, new to learning how to fix my motorcycle and new to motorcycle blogs/ ride reports. this thread gives me goosebumps. the photos are incredible, the people you've came across are interesting and the way you write about your journey does not get boring or dull. this ride report is truly inspirational and very motivating for myself. i've only been riding for 3 years and im spending this summer (2013) in central washington to work, and hoping to gain more on-bike experience, on and off road, so hopefully next summer, i can take my first long distance trip. Ryan, if you ever come back to Bellingham i would love to meet up and and grab a great PNW microbrew and chat it up and learn some things. hope all is well thanks for such a great story
Cool man! I would love to grab a beer. Its been over a year since ive been in the states but I might get home to visit this summer. Im digging Europe though, not in any hurry to leave, and Spain is blowing my mind for riding.

Ride safe man, take some trips, Ive only been riding for about 6 or 7 years and I am improving all the time. I was new to RRs when I started this one and its been fun.

Update, Ive been busy but ive got more rides planned, morocco didnt work out for this spring but things are going well. Thanks for staying tuned guys and I am still dedicated to riding the world so excuse the break and there will be more stuff down the road!
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:15 PM   #365
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I thought I had done a lot of traveling...but now that I have been diagnosed with a terminal disease ( in my late 40's ) of which there is no cure, I realize that I have not.

Glad to see you are still going. As you have have aleady realized, there is an entire world of people out there waiting to meet you.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:24 AM   #366
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Spent the last two mornings reading about your journey, Excellent! You seem to be living a full life.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:26 AM   #367
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Caught up...again!

Have been enjoying your ride report since I first found it months ago... I just caught up on the spanish leg of your journey. I must say I am very much appreciating your photo skills; composition, capitalizing on good light, exposures, etc. Keep it coming!

Any pending updates? ;)

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Old 05-31-2013, 06:45 AM   #368
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Have been enjoying your ride report since I first found it months ago... I just caught up on the spanish leg of your journey. I must say I am very much appreciating your photo skills; composition, capitalizing on good light, exposures, etc. Keep it coming!

Any pending updates? ;)
Actually yes, I just bought a new bike and work ends soon. I'm working on an update right now.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:37 AM   #369
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Summer

I bought a new bike, I'm moving out of my apartment by the sea, and I've getting ready for my summer adventures, thanks for being patient!

First lets say goodbye to my home for the last 8 months, the coastal region of Murcia.


Today starts with an early morning in Cartagena. I haven't updated for a while because I have been busy with a bit of work, but more importantly with getting my EU drivers license. The preparation was worth it because I passed all 5 tests (2 car 3 motorcycle) on the first try and became the first one in Autoescuela Campillo, my driving school, to have done so.

Here's a shot of the little bike I took the tests on.



I also bought a new motorcycle for myself, and sold the other one of course.

So let the RR begin, I celebrated my victory with a sandwich (2.50€) and a good dark beer at my favorite sandwich shop. Cartagena is a cool city and a bit chaotic for a drive test. But I had been racing around its streets on my own bike for weeks, to get to know it better rather than paying for classes like they want you to. It was a little sketchy ever since my international license expired but I was lucky and it saved me lots of cash. In Spain they give you a headset and a bike, and they follow you in a car, it was an interesting experience.

To be honest, it was a good exam, you have to know how to ride to pass it and that is a good thing.

I think I was the only one that drove myself to all the drive tests!

Ok, so heres the sandwich.


And my shiny new ride:



Leaving the sandwich shop I wanted to take a look at "Algemeca Chica," a small community on the outskirts of Cartagena.

Down this tree lined highway








Its a beautiful location and a very chill spot in general but by the looks of things, probably not too comfortable for year round living. Unfortunately for some folks they may not have another choice. Times are tough in Spain.











From there I hopped on the highway and rode for a while until I saw an unmarked building with some folks sipping coffee on the patio. It was on the side of the road near the turn off to Portman so I decided to check it out. It was hot and I was thirsty.



It was a simple place and the scenery reminded me again of the Southwest of the US.

From there things changed dramatically. I entered in to the mining area.







You can see the color of the water, similar to the mines near my little apartment but the ones near Portman and La Union are HUGE. Its a never ending mine. The highway twists and turns through the strangely colored landscape.









and the town of Portman, once a mining town, it's now in fast decline.



The "Port" of Portman is the site of one of the worst ecological disasters in the Mediterranean. A company called Peñarroya-España paid off the officials to let them dump thousands of tons of waste and mining bi-products directly into the sea. From up above you can see that what was once a bay, is now filled in with a strange colored sand. They dumped so much waste that it filled in the bay.




Regardless of this saddening sight, this part of Murcia has some great riding. The bizarre colors of the earth, the abandoned mining towns and, if you dont mind a little dirt riding, you can pass through the mining areas and head towards the coast to some great beaches. I continued my ride inland and then noticed an intriguing dirt road heading to what looked like the perfect beach paradise.

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Old 06-05-2013, 01:59 AM   #370
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Secret beach!

Here is what I saw from up above, I just had to find the entrance.





Looks inviting





It was further than I thought by the time I finally found the entrance. It was confusing too because I had to pass literally through the middle of some old mines to get to the road.























Cool!










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Old 06-06-2013, 12:59 AM   #371
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Just sent another few bucks your way Ryan. Keep up the adventures and the great pictures.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:28 PM   #372
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Where next?

New bike...valid license...You're looking mighty legit these days. Where's the guy that rode to Panama without even a copy of his bike title? All the proper paperwork makes me think you're staying in Europe awhile. Where next? Do tell....
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:42 AM   #373
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That's a wild ride...a road that goes THROUGH mines and mining buildings. Wow! Looking forward to the next installment to see what that little jewel of a beach looks like up close. Congrats on the new bike and license. Glad to see your ADV spirit is still running strong.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:02 AM   #374
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Looks like Photo Bucket has pulled your pics off. That was a great secret beach ... and nice pics ... they were there yesterday, now gone!

Try Picassa or Smug Mug. I've never had a Smug Mug pic go away here.
I quit using Photo Bucket years ago.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:03 PM   #375
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Looks like Photo Bucket has pulled your pics off. That was a great secret beach ... and nice pics ... they were there yesterday, now gone!

Try Picassa or Smug Mug. I've never had a Smug Mug pic go away here.
I quit using Photo Bucket years ago.
Yeah, PB did this to me once and I had to pay a few bucks for the "extra bandwidth". Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures, as soon as the pics show up again.
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