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Old 10-22-2013, 06:01 AM   #16
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I'm running basecamp on my mac.

I can see two sets of Mac links.

which ones do I need?

There's some with DEM (whatever that is) and some without.

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1. Get a Garmin as maps are free if you know where to look including Spain Topo

2. Get a proper PC ;-)
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:40 AM   #17
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1. Get a Garmin as maps are free if you know where to look including Spain Topo

2. Get a proper PC ;-)

Thanks, but I'd still need to download the Spain topo maps, so
which maps do I get the DEM ones or the non-dem ones?
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:19 AM   #18
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DEM means elevation data for 3D viewing on your gps
so whatever you choose
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:34 AM   #19
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Well in the end I didn't really do much other than a few gravel roads.

I was two up (which is fine) but had the original BMW panniers, which aren't great for bumpy tracks.

I referenced all the links you guys gave me in the link below, and included the GPX of a nice route through Andalusia.

http://defylife.co.uk/adventure/euro...ding-in-spain/

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Old 01-05-2014, 04:22 AM   #20
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Well in the end I didn't really do much other than a few gravel roads.

I was two up (which is fine) but had the original BMW panniers, which aren't great for bumpy tracks.

I referenced all the links you guys gave me in the link below, and included the GPX of a nice route through Andalusia.

http://defylife.co.uk/adventure/euro...ding-in-spain/

Cheers.
Hi there,

I've just taken a look at your blog and route, etc.

The $10,000 question - How did your girlfriend take to touring?

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PS - thank's for putting folks onto the rules and egs page for trail riding :)
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:08 PM   #21
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The trip was interesting to say the least.

The week before we arrived Spain was nice and warm. By the time we got there, there was snow down to 500m. Perhaps going over the Picos wasn't the best idea, but it was pretty.

Partied in Salmanca, chilled in Seville with a bit of light off roading in Andalusia. More partying on the east coast then up to Valencia.

We had to ride through Aragon. It was horrible. Stupidly windy and very plain.

Saw loads of places where if it had been summer and I had more time I would have gone off for more of a play off road. Loads of wide open spaces without a soul in sight.

The girlfriend did exceptionally well considering it was her first time touring, or even being pillion for long distances.

The bike did fine too but fuel economy sucked. On my tour to Budapest I averaged about 65mpg. In Spain it was just over 50mpg and high 40s against the wind in Aragon.
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:19 AM   #22
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We had to ride through Aragon. It was horrible. Stupidly windy and very plain.

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The bike did fine too but fuel economy sucked. On my tour to Budapest I averaged about 65mpg. In Spain it was just over 50mpg and high 40s against the wind in Aragon.
Sounds like a fab trip. But don't be so down on Aragón, it's a huge region and much more varied than meets the eye. Take a look through my HISS rally reports here (NB it's not an ABR rally, I just use that forum for the time being :)

It sounds like you fell foul of the terrible El Cierzo wind, which squeezes through the gap between the Pyrenees and the central mountain ranges collectively known as the 'Sistema Iberico'.

I wish I had a pound for every time I've had a horrible times I've had to cross this region when this wind was blowing - around 100 days per year! - then I'd gladly give the money away to never have to face it again!

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Old 02-05-2015, 01:54 PM   #23
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thanks for the info here

Hey guys, just found this bit of chat, I'm researching dirtbiking in Spain trying to put a route together to get to Morocco, found a lot of the info here really useful, so thoight I'd just say thanks to all, but especially ATA & the Spanish Biker for their info, really good stuff... if you're looking for info on trails in the Lakes or Northumberland anytime, just get in touch & I'll return the favour...
check out: http://theturtleandchickengoriding.blogspot.co.uk/ for UK stuff
&
http://tattrail.blogspot.co.uk/ for a US trip

Happy riding guys...
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:02 AM   #24
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Hey guys, just found this bit of chat, I'm researching dirtbiking in Spain trying to put a route together to get to Morocco, found a lot of the info here really useful, so thoight I'd just say thanks to all, but especially ATA & the Spanish Biker for their info, really good stuff... if you're looking for info on trails in the Lakes or Northumberland anytime, just get in touch & I'll return the favour...
check out: http://theturtleandchickengoriding.blogspot.co.uk/ for UK stuff
&
http://tattrail.blogspot.co.uk/ for a US trip

Happy riding guys...
Thanks for the thumbs up mate :)

Meanwhie - we're going 'pro' from April 6th as The Spanish Biker LLP (Limited Liability Partnership)

All the info will still be free on my blog - plus more as I have more time to give to it. But We're also doing my HISS off road locations 'bespoke' to groups and 'support' for bikers wanting to do the trans- Pyrenees trails (aka RB5) by porting your luggage ahead between accommodation, camp sites, etc. and carry a small mobile toolkit, enough to change tyres, chains and bearings.

I also have a 'tame' workshop to do more up beat stuff like welding and can also arrange long term secure storage there in case you take a tumble and have to come back later to collect and/or arrange repatriation when your so-called 'rescue' policy refuses to do so!

If anyone wants details before April just use the contact page on my blog.

Have a great trip - drop in on me in the Pyrenees for a cuppa

Regs

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Way to go Simon, wish you luck with the new business
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