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Old 10-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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Marta & Rita's Iberian Tour

Hi there,

You canít imagine how happy I am right now while typing this on my computer. And not happy because Iím typing, donít take me wrong, but because very soon Iím going on holidays with my bike and would like to share my trip with you along the road.

Itís been a long time since my last biking holidaysÖ Almost a year and a half! Yes, have had some long biking weekends in the Alps in the meantime, but no Ďrealí biking holidays since my trip to Norway in July 2010 (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=595543). Yes, too long agoÖ

But how rude I am! Havenít properly introduced myselfÖ For those who donít know me (guess almost everybody here), this is my very quick bio: my name is Marta, I was born in Spain but Iím currently living in Switzerland. Love travelling and love motorcycles. And think the best you can do in life is travelling with your motorcycle. I do enjoy reading RR and I really admire those men and women who go on these amazing looong trips around the world. I would love to do that, but I donít have the guts to quit my job and leave. My trips are much more humble (3 week maximum) but they are important to me. And would like to share this one with you all. It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable!


So this is me:




But Iím only half of the teamÖ The other half is Rita, my brand new BMW F650GS Twin (have her only since end of June!). Earlier this year I decided to trade Heidi, my R1200GS for a smaller motorcycle. It broke my heartÖ I loved Heidi, but she was too big for me. No excuses, easy as that, too big for me. So now have Rita and think itís a pretty good fit for me!


And this is Rita:



And where are we going? Well, I have a rough idea of what Iíd like to do:



The kick off idea for this trip was to do a round tour in the Iberian Peninsula, but to be honest, donít know if Iíll end up doing the full circle or not. I just want to ride, enjoy the road, enjoy the landscape, enjoy the food and try to relax. I can tell you I suffer a bit from Ďplanning fatigueí due to my job so I just want to take things as they come and decide everyday where Iíll go the next one.

Will you join us?
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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Hola Marta, mucho gusto!!!
Congrats on Rita, she's sweet!

Looks like a great trip itinerary.
I look forward to hear and see how your ride develops.
Espana is definitely on the to do list. I want to tour there soon.

Have fun, ride safe.

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for inviting us to join you on your tour!! Lotsa of pics please



p.s. your GS has shrunk since your last ride report.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:46 PM   #4
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looking forward to it, +1 on the pics, sounds like a great ride



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might that have been your 650 parked outside a restaurant in Bruderholz/Basel last week
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:27 PM   #5
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and you've got another one hooked




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Old 10-10-2012, 12:32 AM   #6
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p.s. your GS has shrunk since your last ride report.
Yes, a little bit! ;)
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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might that have been your 650 parked outside a restaurant in Bruderholz/Basel last week
Nope, last week Rita sleeping in parking Monday to Friday.
Only left parking on Saturday early morning for our 'pre-ride' to Spain (this is going to be my next posting, hopefully this evening if I have time! )
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:33 AM   #8
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Hello!

If you need any help for your plans of Portugal, I can try to help as best as I can, I'm curently studying in Lisbon (though I'll only be in Lisbon after the 20th of January) and I have travelled up and down Portugal a couple of times
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:48 AM   #9
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Hi there,

You canít imagine how happy I am right now while typing this on my computer. And not happy because Iím typing, donít take me wrong, but because very soon Iím going on holidays with my bike and would like to share my trip with you along the road.

Itís been a long time since my last biking holidaysÖ Almost a year and a half! Yes, have had some long biking weekends in the Alps in the meantime, but no Ďrealí biking holidays since my trip to Norway in July 2010 (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=595543). Yes, too long agoÖ

But how rude I am! Havenít properly introduced myselfÖ For those who donít know me (guess almost everybody here), this is my very quick bio: my name is Marta, I was born in Spain but Iím currently living in Switzerland. Love travelling and love motorcycles. And think the best you can do in life is travelling with your motorcycle. I do enjoy reading RR and I really admire those men and women who go on these amazing looong trips around the world. I would love to do that, but I donít have the guts to quit my job and leave. My trips are much more humble (3 week maximum) but they are important to me. And would like to share this one with you all. It makes the whole experience much more enjoyable!


So this is me:




But Iím only half of the teamÖ The other half is Rita, my brand new BMW F650GS Twin (have her only since end of June!). Earlier this year I decided to trade Heidi, my R1200GS for a smaller motorcycle. It broke my heartÖ I loved Heidi, but she was too big for me. No excuses, easy as that, too big for me. So now have Rita and think itís a pretty good fit for me!


And this is Rita:



And where are we going? Well, I have a rough idea of what Iíd like to do:



The kick off idea for this trip was to do a round tour in the Iberian Peninsula, but to be honest, donít know if Iíll end up doing the full circle or not. I just want to ride, enjoy the road, enjoy the landscape, enjoy the food and try to relax. I can tell you I suffer a bit from Ďplanning fatigueí due to my job so I just want to take things as they come and decide everyday where Iíll go the next one.

Will you join us?


Hi Marta,

all the best during your travel. I'm a little jealous ;-)


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Old 10-10-2012, 05:28 AM   #10
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:34 AM   #11
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Mucha Suerte!

Hola Marta!,

I love spain, and your plans to the trip are awesome, I wish you the best!

Greets from Chile!

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:01 AM   #12
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Hola Marta, en el sur me tienes, para lo que necesites.

Que disfrutes de tu viaje.

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:09 PM   #13
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #14
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Thanks all for your good wishes and kind help offers, much appreciated!

Getting nervous, only 3 days to start the trip around Spain! (Monday 15th is the 'official' start )

But they are going to be 3 hectic days!!!

Tomorrow (Friday) is my last full day in Switzerland, meaning last day in office and meaning I have to leave home/plants/kitty ready for my absence. And also pack all the last minute stuff I want to take with me.

Saturday early morning will be flying to Barcelona. Yes, flying, not riding.
Rita is already in Spain, waiting patiently in my parents' garage - We rode to Spain last weekend and then I flew back to Switzerland to work this last week - short flight, just 1,5h, and idea behind the pre-ride was to ensure Rita would be home ready to go.
Mum&Dad will be picking me up at the airport and then we going home together. Home town in Spain is 100 Km North from Barcelona, about 1h from the French border.
Plan is having lunch with grandpa and grandma.
Also visit uncle&aunt in the afternoon.
Rest of the day I will spend working (have to close out some work stuff before leaving...).

Sunday I was planning to spend a quiet day at home with family (don't see them that often!) but I finally decided to go diving (second passion after motorbike riding). Water still warm from summer, so will borrow Dad's car, load my diving stuff, drive to the coast (about 1,5h, not more) and spend some time underwater enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean rocky coast and all its inhabitants.
Surely will still have to work a bit in the evening (know myself, always that last minute things to do).

And finally... Monday morning will be leaving! Yaaaaaaaaaaay! Still don't know whether I will be heading east of west. Think would like to start westwards, but will decide Monday morning!

Getting really excited now that I've written all this!

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:32 PM   #15
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Thumb I bid you farewell

Rita must be cold in the garage and waiting to be warmed up may she bring you to the best places and

thank you for sharing lots of pictures. cheers and goodluck!

your fan from the other side of the planet rgon

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