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Old 07-31-2011, 07:08 PM   #46
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Wow!!
What a lovely report, gourgeous bikes and scenery, awseome
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:23 AM   #47
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I don't know where are you now, but anyway I'm in Pamplona and know very well all the area. Javier
Hello Javier,
This is a ride report about a trip we made in 2010. But we come to Spain often, so, maybe, some day in the future..!
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:19 PM   #48
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This is our view, the following morning, from our room.


And this is where we had breakfast.


We ride on, to the east, and the weather is... difficult.


Here in Codos, we wanted to turn left, but the road was completely blocked. We couldn't get through, not even through the village.


So we had to ride straight on, and we came on this long and straight road, with dark clouds gathering.


Here a donkey is practising to become an Osborne bull once!


Is it a rock? No, it's a Castillo! The Castillo of Langa de Castillo.


Our road becomes a real Tenere- and SuperTenere-road.


It's a great road!


At some point, we begin to see open mines, like this on on the left. We see lots of them.


Here, near Huesa del Comun, we see the ruins of the Castle of Peñaflor, high on a ridge.


Then, wherever we look, those strangely coloured rocks.


After a while, following the A1401, we see an enormous open pit mine in front of us, near Ariño.


After these mines the road stays perfect.


Albalete del Obispo


In Hijar, we find this road restaurant with a strange name...


Then, not very long after Samper de Calande,


we ride through the vast plain of the Ebro.


We cross the Ebro near Caspe.


For a while, there are hills (and sheep) on the A2410.


And then the road turns straight again...


From time to time, the road has a surprise, but often, it turns back into straight again.


Here we ride under the Canal Aragon Catalunya , and after the canal, we are in the mountains: corners!


Corners and weird landscapes (mark the antenna behind the rock).


We have ridden for a long time, and eventually, on the N230, the SuperTenere stops: no gas!
Of course, my Tenere comes to the rescue. It is far more economic than the SuperTenere, and could easily ride on for 100 kilometers or more.

Ernst takes it, finds a gas station, and brings some of the precious fluid to the tank of the Tenere.
It did a lousy 21.7 kilometers to the liter: nothing compared to my Tenere ;-)


Now, we are at the feet of the Pyenerees: views and corners, and perfect tarmac.


This is the Col de Montllobar. Everything is perfect.


We start to look out for a hostal. In Pobla de Segur, we don't find anything, but there is this lovely ayuntamiento: Casa Mauri.


We ride into the Pyrenees, with a setting sun.


Then, in Baro, we spot this hotel: Fonda Farré.
The owners are very friendly, very very friendly.


We are the only guests at dinner, and Jaime makes us delicious food.


This is him, and if you would like to taste Spanish food at its best, you can do it here!

More on http://www.sylviastuurman.nl/stories/aragon/dag15/
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:08 PM   #49
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Excellent ride report and piccies! Thank you for showing such beautiful people and places ...or vice versa
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:10 AM   #50
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We leave Fonda Farre after having promised to come bacj one time.
We ride to the south: in Gerri de la Sal (photo), there sould be, according to our map, a narrow side road that we would like to explore.


We find the road (I have to turn in Gerri de la Sal and ride back, because the turn the road takes is extremely sharp), and the roads climbs rapidly, and is glorious.


After a blind corner, I have this close encounter.
I think the driver was taken by surprise as well! The photo shows that he had to turn the steer suddenly to the right to avoid me: he did'nt reckon there would be anyone on the road but him...


After this beautiful side-road, we take the C-13.


In Tremp, we turn to the left. This building in the back is the Basilica de Mare de Deu de Valldeflors, which shows the name-giving talent of the Spaniards!


The C1412 is long and straight, but you can see the mountains where we're heading for.


Then we turn left. Here is the Sant Miquel de Conques, high on its hill. The village it belongs to lies at the other side of the hill.


This sign makes a very good promise...


And the sign is right: it's one great corner after another.


With great views of the Pyrenees.


Somewhere along this road were painted zebra's.


Great landscape.


Perfect place for a rest.


The corners don't stop, even when we come lower.


The Congost de Tresponts, to the north.


Here, we are passed by my other bike, the Derbi Mulhacen, very rare, in the wild!


We then ride the same stretch of the N260 that we took earlier during this trip.


And in the end, we take the C-13 to the north.


After a while, we see the first hairpins of the Port de la Bonaigua.


We climb, hairpin after hairpin.


There are horses on the road.


When we go down again, the views are superb.


We are now in the Val d'Aran, and find a place to eat and sleep in Salardu.
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:53 AM   #51
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What a great report. Thanks!!!

Actually, I'm going to the Pyrenees in two weeks time. Any chance you'd post your route on a google map? I wouldn't go beyond your route.
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:37 AM   #52
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Awseome report, lovely photos and fab commentary. In one of the photos, you explained how the photos were taken, with left hand holding the camera, is that it?
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:39 AM   #53
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Actually, I'm going to the Pyrenees in two weeks time. Any chance you'd post your route on a google map? I wouldn't go beyond your route.
We have the route in kml, but it's huge: we'll have to adjust it to be able to post it in google maps. I'll try, but I don't knwo if I can do it on a short notice!
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When we wake up, the roads are wet and there are low clouds.


No problem!
We are not in a hurry to leave Spain, so we wait a while.


This is Vielha: the last place to fill our tanks with cheap Spanish gas.


We climb into France, using the Col de Portillon. Wet...


with trucks...


and bicycle riders.
But it's a beautiful Col.


The border is on the top.


And then you descend into France.


In France, the sun starts to shine.


There are old fortified towns like Cazères.


When the clouds start gathering again, there is a rainbow.


At one moment, the rainbow seemed to end next to us, near the road.


Sun, dark clouds and a patchwork landscape: a good combination.


It gets dark...


We find an auberge in Requista, where the owners try to make us forget our longing for Spain: thay bring us food long after French dinner-time: French-style tapas (fromage et crudité's).

More on http://www.sylviastuurman.nl/stories/aragon/dag17/


The next day, we come through French old towns like Espalion,


or Laguiole (the town of the knives).


There are beautiful roads (here, we are in St Bonnet de Condat), but it's difficult to fully enjoy them when you are on your way home!


But who could resist a road like this? We totally forgot that we were returning.


Symbollically, just at the point from where we would take the faster, bigger roads, Ernst forgot to put his foot on the ground at a stop, causing both his and my bike to fall down.
This whole trip I had done my best *not* to fall down at stops, which is a big task, considering my short legs and the height of the Tenere. I was angry, and the photo shows it very well ;-)


From then on: fast roads. Fast roads means: camera's...


We encountered many motorcycle riders.
At some point, it was as if all motorcycle riders from France were here.


This was the reason ;-)
It was very much fun, to wave to so many fellow motorcycle riders!


Hour by hour, we were getting closer to home.
This is Nevers.
The rest of our trip was just getting home...

I would never want to miss the ride to the destination: the landscapes becoming more and more unfamiliar. But the ride in the opposite way, when everything starts looking more like at home, often feels like a duty: I often long for teleportation on the way home.
We have to find a way to choose a very different route for the way back, through the Alps, Switzerland and Germany, for instance.

But anyhow, Aragon is a fantastic destination!

More on http://www.sylviastuurman.nl/stories/aragon/dag18/
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:03 PM   #55
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We have the route in kml, but it's huge: we'll have to adjust it to be able to post it in google maps. I'll try, but I don't knwo if I can do it on a short notice!
Please don't go to any trouble. I'll just stick to the general area and seek out specific roads you've mentioned in this ride report. The C13 looks like it'll be a lot of fun ;)

Thanks again for the report.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:39 AM   #56
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Great roads:

- The GI-402 / B-402 (through La Pobla de Lillet)
- The B-400 (through Saldes)
- especially ther L511 (Coll de Boixols)
- and yes, the C-13 (from Tremp to the west).

But you can't go wrong, in that area ;-)
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:01 PM   #57
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And the Col d'Ares was real nice by being o so different a great road with the feeling of a hidden smugglers route :-)
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #58
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wonderfull places and good/simple writting style.total=excellent!!!
keep travelling both of you....
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:05 PM   #59
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Bravo

That was a wonderful Sunday afternoon diversion.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:54 AM   #60
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Brilliant RR & kudos to the photographer for taking such great pictures one handed while riding. Bravo to the both of you.
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