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Old 02-15-2010, 05:37 PM   #31
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Hi!

I bypassed Faro mainly 'cause the reasons you stated! Of course there are interesting things in Faro but all in all just a medium/big sized city (for our standards) while Mertola is definitely worth a visit especially if there is a good clear sunny day.
Mértola


Castro Verde

Silves

Sagres (Promontorium Sacrum)

Monsaraz

Odemira

Vila Nova de Milfontes

Alvito

Estremoz

Marvão

These are some places I recommend in the southern route. Just Wikipedia links but from there you can search other net resources easily.

Nearly 01am here so, off to bed
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:41 PM   #32
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Btw, I made a slight change on the western tip of the algarve part of the route.

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Old 02-15-2010, 05:49 PM   #33
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I'm stalking the advice being given in this thread, one of my dream rides: fly to Barcelona, rent a GS, and tour througout Spain and the Pyranees.

I'm furiously taking notes in the background...
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:58 PM   #34
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T-Pilot,

Stalk away.

Our dreams are one and the same. I've waited 25 years for this trip.

I may do a little Travel-log as I go. Not sure who cares, but... stay tuned.

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Old 02-19-2010, 11:39 AM   #35
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OK, where to begin...


Navel:
As I said, maps are printed in 2-D. It's the help I get from you and others that turns the 2-D into 3-D. If my current route shows us going through some less than ideal locations, or missing a valuable swath here or there, it's only because no one has shown me the light. So now that you've shown me the light, check my map again.

That area in the westernmost reaches of Spain look like they are absolutely beautiful. Again, can't wait!

P.S. As I get closer to our dates, I'll see if we can't land in the A Coruna area on a weekend. I'd love a guide for some of those roads.
Hi again!
I am glad that I helped shed some light on your trip around Galicia,
back again to your route, and after reading your older messages I am coming up with yet another couple of suggestions, of course these would require more time, but you can keep them as an alternative route in case you have the time.

I saw you modified your route and enter Galicia from Geres NP, thats a good choice, very nice roads around there and around Lobios and Entrimo, just across the border.
The first diversion I am telling you about might be a little pointless, as now it would require that you go back a little bit from Ribadavia, but there is a remarkable place I thought I should tell you about: The Sil River Canyon (Cañons do Sil), it is just 20 km Northeast of Ourense, I am adding a link so you can see the route.

The area around the Sil River Canyon is also known as Ribeira Sacra or "Sacred Riverside" because it once hosted a number of monasteries, many of them now abandoned, others rebuilt as Paradores, the place has also a mild mediterranean micro-climate, in the heart of a Region which has atlantic climate at the coast and continental in the highlands. You can see pics and info in english about this place here:
http://www.turgalicia.es/RutaRibeira...e=ribeirasacra
Then go to Places to Visit in the upper menu.
(that website is a good one for general touristic info on Galicia, what to see, where to eat...you name it)

Pic of the canyon:


Ok, the other diversion I suggest is to follow the coast north after La Coruña up to Estaca de Bares
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punta_de_Estaca_de_Bares
That´s the northenmost point in Spain and, IMO a must see, awesome scenery and what for me is the nicest of the galician Rias (Ria do Barqueiro):


So here goes a link for the routemap from Ribadavia to Viveiro:
http://maps.google.es/maps?f=d&sourc...,0.308647&z=12

From Viveiro you can choose to follow the coast or cut down to Lugo as originally planned.

Some highlights of the route I draw from Betanzos are: Cedeira (nice Ria and must-eat Shark Steak tapas at O Kilowatio bar), San Andres de Teixido Seacliffs (highest in continental europe) and Sanctuary, Beaches (cold water) and views at Porto do Barqueiro and Porto de Bares, Estaca de Bares lighthouse and abandoned US CoastGuard naval base. Viveiro Old Town.

Anyway, as said, it you show up around here on a weekend I would be more than happy to guide you around.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:07 PM   #36
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That's a lot of great info. Let me digest it a bit and get back to you. Something has to fall by the wayside. Either the Ribeira Sacra (looks nice though), the Muros leg, or the Cedeira/Viviero jaunt.

I really appreciate the offer as tour guide. I have a feeling that we'll be passing through the Galacia region around the 24th or 25th, in order to see some of the northern coast and get back to BCN by the 1st.

We need another week at least!
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:21 PM   #37
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Hi!

I guess you should get two more weeks

As you say, digest on the info we gave you and try to get the things match each other. After that we (I guess I can talk for the others) can always deal with details and spice things a bit

Of course, when you're in Braga you'll be my guest for lunch, dinner, a beer, a coffe (a proper one!!!) or just a few minutes chat

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Old 02-23-2010, 10:19 AM   #38
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That coastal route through north of Galicia, and then to Lugo is pretty good. I made it some years ago.

My spanish report is here (you always can see the pics):
http://usuarios.multimania.es/anibal...veiro-10jun07/



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Old 02-23-2010, 10:50 AM   #39
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Hi!

A bit of topic hijacking Sorry Lowejinx

Navel, tendré que irme a Galicia quando vuelva de Marruecos y conocer essas carreteras!

Avispao, belísimas fotos y rutas!

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Old 02-23-2010, 01:02 PM   #40
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Hi!

A bit of topic hijacking Sorry Lowejinx

Navel, tendré que irme a Galicia quando vuelva de Marruecos y conocer essas carreteras!

Avispao, belísimas fotos y rutas!

@ Paulo: Marrocos!!! que enveja!! Quando voltes de Marrocos fazemos uma ruta uma fin de semana pela costa galega, se quiser podes vir coa tua mulher e ficar em minha casa...ficamos en contacto!

@avispao: Hi! just saw your northern galician coast ride report, found funny the Viveiro misunderstanding, actually the first place -in the Sierra Gañidoira- is called Viveiró, -stress over the last o= while the one at the coast is Viveiro. Interestingly for tourism purposes, Viveiró, although a very small village is famous for its restaurant, I dont know if still is because last time I ate there was like 10 years ago, but the thing is that you sit at the restaurant and you dont order anything, they start to bring you dish after dish of what they have cooked that day, last time it was seven courses!!!, i barely could stand on my feet when i got out, and it used to be rather cheap as the place is well off the main roads.
By the way, another very good place for lunch at the coast, near the Galicia-Asturias border is Rinlo, awesome Lobster Rice -Arroz con Lubrigante. It is near Praia das catedrais ...-Cathedrals´Beach:


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Old 04-06-2010, 12:21 PM   #41
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Am also watching this one with great interest as I plan a ride down to part of the world next month for a month... Looks like theres loads of choice
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:46 PM   #42
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A Little Bump...

...for this post because, we leave for Spain on TUESDAY !!!!

Can't believe that this trip is finally upon us after almost an entire year of planning.

We arrive in Barcelona on Wednesday and will spend a few days getting our bearings (drinking & eating) before picking up the bikes on Friday afternoon.

We'll do a little trial run up the coast on Saturday for the day, then head out on Sunday. That's where the plans sort of end, and the journey begins.

I need to reread this thread to catch up where I left off.

Stay Tuned, and we'll see you all on the road.

Here's our Google map of our general route.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...,21.225586&z=5
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:26 PM   #43
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You crezy mang!!! That's quite the ambitious route plan you have there, enjoy.


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...for this post because, we leave for Spain on TUESDAY !!!!

Can't believe that this trip is finally upon us after almost an entire year of planning.

We arrive in Barcelona on Wednesday and will spend a few days getting our bearings (drinking & eating) before picking up the bikes on Friday afternoon.

We'll do a little trial run up the coast on Saturday for the day, then head out on Sunday. That's where the plans sort of end, and the journey begins.

I need to reread this thread to catch up where I left off.

Stay Tuned, and we'll see you all on the road.

Here's our Google map of our general route.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...,21.225586&z=5
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:39 PM   #44
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DD,

I'll tell what's crazy, logging onto the ADV site on my way to BCN, from 32,000 feet.

I know what I mean when I say "crazy"', but when you say "crazy" it makes me kinda nervous. It looks so small on the map.

Let me know what needs to fall to the wayside.

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:43 PM   #45
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