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Old 10-20-2012, 05:33 AM   #61
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MartaGS if you need any thing you have me in Valencia. Thank you for sharing your RR and very good luck.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:10 PM   #62
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Spain is a favourite destination of mine, mainly Andalucia as I have not ventured into other regions. In fact I have not ridden a motorcycle in Spain, just hire car, but hopefuly that will change soon as my intention is to tour your great country, much like you are doing at the moment. Enjoying your R.R. and hope to pick up some tips for places to see on the way.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:56 AM   #63
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Thanks guys, will surely contact you if I need some help!

And now another chapter of the trip:



Day3: Thursday 18th October
Villalba de la Sierra – La Puerta de Segura
340 Km




Today the plan was crossing the province of Albacete as quick as possible and get to Andalusia, but... got distracted in some back roads in the 'Sierra de Andujar' (little mountain range). Very nice roads and landscape. Got into Andalusia in the evening just on time to find a room, eat and go to sleep.


This is the route I followed:

  • Villalba de la Sierra
  • Valdecabras
  • Cuenca (not a big city, but a big difference from the last days: traffic lights, cars... Daniel did a good job leading the way!
  • Little bit of state road
  • Tortola
  • Valeria
  • Valera de Abajo
  • Hontecillas
  • Olmedilla de Alarcon
  • Casas del Embalse de Alarcon
  • Tebar
  • Casas de Benitez
  • Casas de Guijarro
  • La Roda
  • Barrax
  • Balazote (close to Albacete, nice lunch in 'Meson las Eras')
  • San Pedro
  • Then found a road closed by some works, so went into state road N-322 (just re-newed and funny bends, no regrets at all!)
  • Jardin
  • El Cubillo
  • El Horcajo
  • Then left the state road and started again with my little back roads to get into the Sierra de Alcaraz
  • Penascosa
  • Paterna del Madera
  • Batan del Puerto
  • Puerto de las Crucetillas (beautiful!)
  • Riopar
  • Puerto del Arenal
  • Siles (this is already Andalucia!)
  • La Puerta de Segura (sleeping in Meson la Magnolia)



Highlights:


Until Balazote wa a bit boring. Very straight roads and not much to see. Lots of sidewind. Bit uncomfortable...


Sorry, was wrong! Between Valeria and Valera de Abajo road is very nice. There's a little river canyon and the landscape is beautiful and road is twisty. Nice break!


Lunch stop was really good. Meson las Eras in Balazote is a very nice place to eat. Really good food and good service. The owner was fascinated with Rita!


After so many back roads, N-322 state road felt like a race track to me! Wide, good tarmac and one lane for each sense so no worries at each corner. Was funny! But left it at some point to go back to little and peaceful back roads again. And was worth!


The Sierra de Andujar is a very nice little mountain range. Beautiful views and not a sould around. Asphalt in bad condition, but not a deterrent.


In the afternoon there was a National Geographic moment. I had stopped to take some pics of Rita (my favourite sport) when suddenly I felt like a tomahawk flying very close to my head. Was a huge blue/yellow dragonfly. Saw it had something in its mouth and when it stopped in a bush nearby could see it was a brown butterfly. Started eating it. Was fascinated! Took a couple of pics, but didn't want to come to close to bother the dragonfly (and because I was a bit scared, bugs scare the hell out of me!).


There was also an 'ovine encounter'. In the middle of a sharp bend there was a group of 7-8 sheep. With all the mountain they have, and they have to be in the middle of the road... Well, we all got scared! All sheep, Rita and myself. What and adrenaline boost! But sheep reacted quickly and jumped to the side of the road up the hill. Took a pic to remember the moment.


When going up the 'Puerto del Arenal' I saw an interesting traffic sign about amphibians. Guess there must be lots of them during breeding season, but the other day, no frog around. But stopped to take a pic for my traffic sign collection.


After Puerto del Arenal I entered in Andalucia. Felt really happy! Not sure why, guess my 50% of Andalusian genes felt they were back home.


First thing I started seeing as soon as I got into Andalusia were the fields of olive trees. How beautiful they are! Guess I will get bored of them in the next days, but the first of them have been exciting to see!


I stopped to sleep in La Puerta de Segura. Started being a bit fed up of riding and was getting dark. Asked Daniel for a place to sleep and he picked a little Meson in the town. Meson Magnolia. Little one and very homey. Owner and his family all very nice. And food... amazing!!! There was no parkig and had to leave Rita on the street but managed to park her just in front of my room and could see her from my window.


And... now some pics of the day!
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:58 AM   #64
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Somewhere after Cuenca. The most hilly landscape of the morning...



Colorful fields:



Alarcon water reservoir:



Vineyards:



Marta in the vineyards:
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:59 AM   #65
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Pines warding the road:



Entering Albacete province:



Road to Penascosa:



Somewhere between Penascosa and Paterna del Madera:



Close to Paterna del Madera:
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:00 AM   #66
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Rita enjoying the little roads:



More nice little roads:



Dragonfly having dinner:



Sheep after our encounter:



Nice views while going up Puerto de las Crucetillas:
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:01 AM   #67
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On top of Puerto de las Crucetillas:



Be careful, frogs!



The first olive trees:



La Puerta de Segura (today I sleep here):



Chopitos (squid):
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:21 AM   #68
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Thanks for posting your RR, I enjoy reading it!

Hasta el proximo mensaje.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:35 AM   #69
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Great RR ..
Can the 650 maintain highway speeds.
Is there much vibration
How is the ride? comfortable or rough?
Thanks...maybe looking at a smaller bike in the future
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:35 AM   #70
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These near Cazorla, a nature park and a nice town. From there you can find the route to the Port of Ragua, you do get to the Alpujarra, in the north of the Sierra Nevada.

Great RR, on roads I know
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:15 AM   #71
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These near Cazorla, a nature park and a nice town. From there you can find the route to the Port of Ragua, you do get to the Alpujarra, in the north of the Sierra Nevada.

Great RR, on roads I know
Alpujarra is superb, especially the small villages of Capileira and Pampaneira.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:34 AM   #72
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Always love to see a Spanish RR.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:59 AM   #73
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Great trip. Brings back memories!

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Old 10-26-2012, 07:58 PM   #74
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Beautiful report

This is a great report! I hope it continues soon!
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #75
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Nice RR

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