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Old 04-10-2012, 02:49 PM   #16
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Thanks Jon - will let you know if we're there again
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:11 PM   #17
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The next morning we took ages to get going, it was so nice at the campsite and the sun was out early.



I chatted a bunch with two German bikers who were camping closeby. I don't remember their names, they were on a KTM 640 Adventure and an Africa Twin. The guy on the KTM (on the right) raced Ducatis too and had ridden all over the world. His buddy worked for an auto company in the prototyping section. He had made all sorts of seriously cool bike parts from billet aluminium and an on bike power system that used high-spec aero connectors.

Every morning they have a ritual that they throw their fruit tea bags at their bikes!





We talked about the routes that we were travelling and they showed me another good routebook of the area. They look worth checking out and are quite a lot cheaper than the Vibraction routebooks. I can't talk for the quality as we didn't ride any though http://www.mdmot.com





We did a bit of Land Rover spotting. Looks like a Series 3 88" to me


Rush hour!


It's worth mentioning that most of the trails we rode we had to ourself, maybe seeing other vehicles once an hour or so at most and less in the quieter areas. Apparently it's like that all year round.





We got above the treeline and had some really nice fast mountain roads. A bit a chicane here though!


looking back at the same section


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Our awesome lunch spot at ~1800m (5900 feet)


The view the other way


More local beauties. This lot were sleeping on the track.


We headed back to the tarmac and made up some of the miles we needed to get under our belts. That night we stayed at Resordi where we'd stayed three years before. Riding down on the shore of the lake was a great feeling.

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:25 AM   #18
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Sadly at this stage we were starting on our way back to the ferry, we had a fair distance to travel and all on tar.

Not many photos except for some nice ones of our lunch stop next to a river





well, actually we had our lunch in a layby, next to a river





...and a bug at the campsite that night...



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Old 04-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #19
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http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7216/7...cc026565_z.jpg
looks like a reflecter for microwave signals
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:59 AM   #20
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http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7216/7...cc026565_z.jpg
looks like a reflecter for microwave signals
I think you're on the money with that one! Some folks did suggest that they were practice targets for fast jets.
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:16 AM   #21
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We woke up the next morning for another transit day back towards the port of Santander

The 101 took off on the main roads towards Bilbao and the bikes took the nice twisty back roads. After a couple of hours we got to Bilbao and to the Guggenheim Museum. I don't think our lateness was appreciated but ho hum



The Guggenheim is an amazing piece of architecture and just made for photos















A cast of Louise Bourgeois' awesome Maman spider sculpture was there too.





There's also the strange but cool giant flower covered Puppy by Jeff Koons. I'm down with this kind of giant, fun sculpture.



After having some fun in Bilbao's one way system (check the track log) we did a doggy drive by





Then we saddled up and headed over to Noja where we camped for the night. The whole coastal region around there is pretty crappy with the campsites way more expensive and way less well looked after. Oh, and there are mosquitoes *everywhere*!

It was nice to be by the sea though.







The emptying of the Bacardi 8 bottle was pretty well coincided with the end of the trip. I can really recommend the stuff, 8 year aged in oak barrels and then blended, you can drink it neat like a whisky.



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Old 04-14-2012, 05:43 AM   #22
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We woke that morning, sorted ourselves out and headed over to our friend's house to collect the trailer.









Honorio kindly rode with us back towards the ferry



and then we were home-bound on the ferry. The only photo I have from the ferry ride back was this weird teddy-bear sign by the lift.

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:25 AM   #23
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Sounds like a nice and relaxing trip. Vey good

I've been there in 2006 but it was a purely on road trip:









I would love to go back for an off road trip...

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Very nice, you were lucky with the weather
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cool pictures and lovely track to ride
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