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Old 10-14-2012, 02:58 PM   #31
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But surely, if you are a Spaniard, I assume you can communicate effectively anywhere in the country?
Absolutely, everybody speaks Spanish :)
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:33 PM   #32
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Last posting before leaving!

About to go to bed, getting late here...
But all is packed and ready to load on to Rita tomorrow morning. Yay!
Had a bit of a stressing day, working to close as many open items as possible. And feeling i was wasting one of my holiday days... But at least i have peace of mind now, and I'm leaving behind my work laptop and smartphone. Only taking with me an old cell phone with a Spanish SIM card and a little notebook to write my RR. My holiday hat is on!
Cant beieve all is over now... and everything is ready for tomorrow!

Still not sure where I'll b heading tomorrow. Think I'll go South. Something like:

Home
Manresa
Lleida
Fraga
Alcaniz
Teruel

Will see tomorrow!

So happy that everythig is falling into place now! :)
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #33
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Whichever way the front wheel happens to point! Have a great journey!
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:38 PM   #34
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Thumb I'm Looking Forward to This One!

Good choice on Rita, I'm onboard and ready to go
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:34 PM   #35
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I'm in....looks great

Hola Marta--

I was in Spain earlier this summer and kept dreaming of riding around the country. Spain has some of the most spectacular terrain, and I hope your trip is safe and fun.

Cheers, BP
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:59 AM   #36
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Hey I live in A Coruña (my town is Fene) , if you need something when you stay near to my home...

Ask me for every thing.


Ahora mismo el tiempo es bastante malo así que... ropa de abrigo!!!

Good trip!!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:13 AM   #37
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:34 PM   #38
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In Cedrillas!

Today reporting from Cedrillas, very close to Teruel (northeast -aprox- of Spain).
Decided to go south, weather in the north bit too cold and wet right now.
Just had a big dinner (hadn't had proper lunch) and I'm falling asleep as I write.
Very nice and pleasant day. Bit chilly in the end, that's why i stopped here.
Now going to bed - tomorrow morning will post more comments and some pics (this area is a bit too cold to start riding early so will have a gentle morning in my room).
Tired. But soooo happy!
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:59 PM   #39
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Nice travel Marta..!! Bon passeig..!!
You have a beer paid when visit Tarragona

Disfruta'l..!!!
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:02 AM   #40
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Slept like a baby!

Yesterday's route (day 1) was very nice. Started in my home town and rode until Cedrillas. Around 450 Km.

First 150Km were not that nice. Wanted to get out of Catalunya as soon as possible (can visit whenever I'm there) so took a motorway-like road. Lots of roadworks (but not much traffic, thanks God!). Once I got to Fraga, then I left this boring road and started taking backroads. And here is where the fun started! Pretty landscape, funny roads, no traffic. The world for Rita and I (and Daniel, the Garmin, the third member of the team).

This is how what I did looks like:



From Fraga, I went to Mequinenza, Caspe and Alcaniz. There I had my first stop. Gas for Rita, croissant and coffee for me and a biobreak for me as well. Riding had been good until here, but the best was to start.

From Alcaniz went to Calanda and there I took road A-226 (HIGHLY RECOMENDABLE!).

Road A-226 is amazing! The route I followed was:

Calanda
Mas de las Matas
Castellote
Los Alagones
Olocau del Rey
Mirambel
Cantavieja
Fortanete
Villaroya de los Pinares
Allepuz
Cedrillas

Some highlight of the route above (will post pics too):

In Castellote there is a nice little church almost carved in a mountain called 'Ermita del Llovedor'. Didn't climb it, was feeling a bit lazy (shame on me!).

Between Castellote and Los Alagones there is a beautiful water reservoir: 'Embalse de Santolea'. Bit dry (hasn't rained much in Spain this summer) but beautiful.

Close to the water reservoir I saw a little group of wild goats (close relatives to the Steinbocks in Switzerland). They made my afternon (love animals!).

Between Cantavieja and Allepuz did 3 nice mountain passes:

Puerto de Cuarto Pelado (1657m)
Puerto de Villarroya (1700m)
Puerto de Sollavientos (1507m)

('Puerto' means 'mountain pass' in Spanish)

Bit disapointed with the signs marking the top of the mountain passes. Not close to the road, so couldn't take pics of Rita next to the sign (living close to the Alps have a bit of an obsession of taking pics of mountain passess signs ).

Started getting chilly and decided to stop in the first place I found. Saw a few places but all were closed (holiday season is over in Spain). Until I got to Cedrillas and found 'Hostal Ramiro', just in the entrance of the town. Was open so decided to stay.

Rita got a warm spot in the garage (1300m here, so nights cold now). I got a hot shower (yay!) and then got a good dinner. Basis of the dinner was Spanish ham from Teruel (speciality here). Love it!!! Could live on Spanish ham and bread with olive oil. Also had a warm chicken soup. And the rest you know: went straight to bed and slept like a baby .
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:12 AM   #41
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And now some pics to illustrate the trip:

This is Mequinensa, the bridge over the Segre river:



Alcaniz, where we did the first stop:



Rita in the petrol station where we stopped:



Close to Castellote:
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:16 AM   #42
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Ermita del Llovedor (the little church almost carved in the mountain). It's on the left of the picture, mid height:



Rita watching the little church. This bike is hot!



Embalse de Santolea (water reservoir):



Another view of the Embalse de Santolea:



And this is me!
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:20 AM   #43
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The wild goats :



Mirabel:



Top of Puerto de Villarroya:



Road:



My room:
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:39 AM   #44
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Hola Marta,
when you mentioned Alcaniz, I was set back some years. Great place!







I hope that the weather will remain calm till the end of your trip!

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Old 10-17-2012, 02:16 AM   #45
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Hey I live in A Coruña (my town is Fene) , if you need something when you stay near to my home...

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thanks Obimikel!
Seen the weather forecast for Galicia, looks awful!
That's why i started south...
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