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Old 09-27-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
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Mountains and deserts, a Spanish adventure

This is just a teaser post until I get a chance to sift though the photos and string some words together.

We've just got back from a two week trip on two bikes and an ex military Land Rover.

The team


Mountains


Desert


I'll start telling the story in the week...

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Old 09-27-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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this is going to be good

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Old 09-28-2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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I'm sure it will be another great story, considering the bikes and the Landy it must be
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:37 PM   #4
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Is it next week yet?
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:13 PM   #5
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I'm sure it will be another great story, considering the bikes and the Landy it must be
You're right, Spain is a great land
The last pic seems the Bardenas Reales - Monegros dessert, a dessert just 250 km far from Barcelona or Pirineos. Great place to ride and fun.
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:01 PM   #6
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Day 1

Not very many photos from the first day. We had to ride from London down to Dorchester where Henry and the big land rover live.

As ever it was all a bit last minute. I had a headache and took some nurofen tablets but managed to take some "cold and flu" ones by mistake. They doped me up like I was on drugs and pushed back our departure time by three or four hours. D'oh

I kickstarted the XR600


Charlie got kitted up. F**k knows what's going on with the ninja look.


I kicked the XR some more...


We left London late to make the three hour ride to Dorset and were soon riding in the dark. Country lanes with crap trail bike headlights were, errrr, interesting.

We got to Charlie's mum's place to pick up some camping gear. She was out. We waited in the cold and took photos to keep ourselves amused.



We arrived in Dorchester about five hours later than intended at exactly midnight.

Bed time...
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:12 PM   #7
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Day 2

Last minute repair work on "the tonnie" (the military nick name for the 101 Forward Control Land Rover)





We packed the truck and loaded up the bikes on the trailer





It was really dumb but cost us about £200 less to trailer the bikes on the ferry instead of ride them. We found a friend of a friend who lived near the port and said we could leave the trailer with him.

We had the space for lots of kit so we brought lots of kit. There wasn't much room for us in the back with all of it though!



We left on time for our drive (an hour and a half or so) down to Plymouth. Lots of bikes wih luggage on (presumably getting the same ferry) passed us and we made good time.



We got to Plymouth early (pretty much unheard of for us) and got on the ferry, made some phone calls to girlfriends and waved goodbye to land for 20 hours...



Spirits were high


but we got bored pretty fast, the ferry was just full of old people.

Henry didn't look impressed with the food...



and the practical jokes started...



After all the preparation from the last weeks/days we were all exhausted and went to bed very early. We'd be arriving in Spain the next morning and were all looking forward to it.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:23 PM   #8
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Day 3

We woke up, had breakfast and after not long we were in sunny Spain



we docked and rolled off the ferry



Honorio a very kind friend of a friend met us at the ferry terminal and lead us back to his house on his Triumph.



it didn't take us long to get there



We met his wife and his dog Angus




Next we got dressed up like power rangers







It was hot in all the kit. Today we were going to truck it up the coast a few hours just into France where we'd camp for the night by the coast.









Later on we arrived at our destination St-Jean-de-Luz and found a nice campsite.

We set up camp (slowly as it was the first night). This first involved throwing all of the kit out of the truck making a mess.



then setting everything up



As the trip went on we got far, far faster at setup and tear down of all the kit.

Sujee cooked up a bad ass stir fry while I went to the shops to buy beer.



yum



We turned in for bed and our first day in Spain was complete. We decided that the next day we'd get the long distance stuff done by driving another several hundred km east then cut across the Pyrenees to Sort in Spain. Sort is not far from Andorra.

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Old 09-30-2008, 02:57 PM   #9
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Nice start to the RR! I realize this is a motorcycle thread but that Land Rover is very cool. We don't get stuff like that over here in the States.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:11 PM   #10
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Love that truck. Wish I lived so close to Spain...what a jewel. We have to make do with Florida
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:16 AM   #11
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Nice idea combining the truck with your trip.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:31 AM   #12
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Looks like fun!

Off to a great start!

Keep us posted!
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:05 PM   #13
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Day 4

We woke up after a decent night's sleep and packed everything up before heading just down the road to a super market where we'd stock up on a few days' worth of food.

We left Charlie to keep an eye on the vehicles and came back out to the car park to find him meditating.



We then ate breakfast in our luxury surroundings



recorded some video diary footage


....and hit the road again...



Yes, that lorry is overtaking us. Our cruising speed was pretty low, mainly because the tonnie was v.slow up hills.

None of the vehicles were designed for motorway driving but they did the job. Slowly. Charlie had an iron butt riding the WR all that way.

Eventually we pulled in for lunch.








Finally we turned off the autoroute and started heading towards the hills. Everyone was all smlies.



The roads looked typically French (we were in France afterall)







We climbed more. Even more smiles.



The roads started getting fun








Before long we arrived at a col at 2083m above sea level.







More amazing views and a group shot.





And the time to shoot some video diary



We started heading downhill towards Spain and our campsite. More amazing views.



and the roads were OK!



After not too long we arrived at Sort and set up camp next to a river.



Tomorrow the offroad starts...

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Old 10-06-2008, 04:33 AM   #14
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:18 PM   #15
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Hey! It was awesome meeting you and riding together.


I've run out of photos to post for the moment (Sujee is in Sri Lanka for a few more days). Once he's back and more photos are up I'll continue the story...
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