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Old 07-08-2013, 11:29 AM   #3226
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We hung out on the beach for a couple of days



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Old 07-08-2013, 11:34 AM   #3227
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After 2 nights in a tent, Kathe was ready for a real bed so we rented a little cabin near the beach. It had a Kitchen so Kathe wanted to see how I cooked. So I made some fajitas for dinner that night.



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Old 07-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #3228
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Cava is king

In this area of Spain, Cava (sparkling wine) is very popular. I tried all kinds of cavas and this one was my favorite.
We finished two bottles that night


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Old 07-08-2013, 11:56 AM   #3229
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I spent about an hour giving The Flying Dutchman a good bath.
I scraped off all the bugs that had accumulated over the past year.
And when I was done. it looked like new. I stood back and just admired it. I am proud of the fact how good my moto looks after 40,000+ miles thru places like Bolivia and Alaska.
No big crashes and no real damage to speak of.
And I am doing all my own maintenance too.
Happy day

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:14 PM   #3230
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Monnserant

I am the world's worst speller
But when Kathe and I were riding back from Andorra, I noticed this cool mountain and rock formations off in the distance.
I found out it was Monserrant.
I know the name from the wine region but I didn't want to go for the wine, I want to do some hiking and rock climbing there



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Old 07-08-2013, 12:18 PM   #3231
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So when I left Barcelona, I just headed for these hills.
I was not sure what to expect but I got exactly what I was hoping for. Since I got a late start, since I dropped Kathe off at the airport and it took me about 2+ hours to load up my bike again, I got up to Monnserrant about 2 hours before dark. And I found this cool camp spot by riding my moto down a hiking trail and then strung up my hammock between two trees. The view in the morning when I first opened my eyes will be something I will never forget



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Old 07-08-2013, 12:19 PM   #3232
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:22 PM   #3233
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The next morning I set out for a hike.
There are all kinds of trails. Some of them went straight up. Too bad I didn't pack any ropes.







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Old 07-08-2013, 12:23 PM   #3234
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Cock Rock

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:25 PM   #3235
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Leaving the east coast of Spain, I set out toward Rioja again.
I didn't have any time to taste the wines there so I headed west again.
There are so many tunnels here in Spain.
And you can feel the temp drop 20 degrees inside.

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:28 PM   #3236
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The only thing that is inexpensive here in Europe is the bottled water.
You can buy 1.5 liters for 25 cents.
But why buy water when these natural springs are everywhere on the side of the road. And the water is cold and tasty.
yum

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:31 PM   #3237
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Mark my word....
Even if you don't like wine, head to the wine country for the scenary and the great moto roads.
Any wine country.
They go hand and hand.
This is the sceen heading in to Rioja.
Just when I was getting bored, I got to the wine country and the scenary changed for the better
I see where Rioja gets its name from the red stone

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #3238
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My first stop was Bodegas Lan.
I plugged in the GPS coordinates find the winery and it lead me right to the front door. The problem was there was a big gate in the way that I had to get thru.
Perhaps this was a winery that I really needed to RSVP for.
But a few seconds later, a some cars pulled up, the gate opened and I followed them in.
They were wine reps coming for an appointment. They talked to some people and got me in for a tasting.
Still on a roll

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:38 PM   #3239
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Rioja is probably my favorite wine regions in the world and LAN is one of my favorite wineries. I am so glad I got in. And one of my favorite wines in the world is a wine called Culmen. I know it is my ex GF's favorite wine so I am sure she is sorry she missed it. I bought a bottle to take with me.
Yum



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Old 07-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #3240
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Here's what 25,000 barrels of wine looks like.
Each holds 55 gallons of wine
wow

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