Around the World in 800 Days

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I am having one of the best days of my life here in Rioja Spain.
    This region makes some of my favorite wine in the world.
    And the roads and scenery are awesome too.
    I am so lucky to be doing what I am doing.
    And today just reinforces that.
    Yaaaaaaah
  2. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Welcome to the party
    You're late
    Keep reading
    Enjoy the ride
  3. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Southern Spain is going to have to happen another time
    I am heading to Portugal and then north to France and Norway.
    I am running out of summer
  4. luckychucky

    luckychucky Long timer

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    [​IMG]. Your favorite subject@Columbia Mo, Wine cellar and bistro
  5. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Looks like I need to make a detour to Missouri.
    Yum
  6. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the entertainment and Bikini pictures :D
    I think you are better off on the bike :evil :lol3
    Keep the RR coming :freaky
  7. flyingdutchman177

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    What a great day yesterday.
    I hit 5 wineries in Rioja.
    The wine was so good, I had trouble not swallowing it.
    Normally I spit if I have to ride but at the last winery, it was wine drinking and not wine tasting any more.
    The nice gal pouring the wine wasn't helping matters by pouring me more than a taste of each wine including the Grand Reserva from 1994.
    She offered to let me use her spare room so I didn't have to drive.
    That also meant I could take a well deserved shower.
    We met some of her friends for a couple of drinks at a bar in town.
    To my surprise, she picked up the tab before I even saw the bill.
    And we went out later to dinner to a nice restaurant and I figured I would grab the bill for that but we almost got in a wrestling match over the bill and she had me pinned for a three count.
    And just when I didn't think anyone could be nicer, she forced upon me a bottle of the 1994 grand reserva to take with me.
    If I didnt have a gf already, I think I would have asked her to marry me
    Lol
    It is people like this that make my trip so special and make the world a better place
    Muchas Gracias mi amiga nueva.
  8. half_price_beemer

    half_price_beemer Wings-it Adventurer

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    I have been following this RR from the beginning. You got me thinking, hey Maybe people wanna here about my riding too. So I just posted my first Day Trippin RR. Your right I winged it and great things happened, Things that I never could have planned. Thanks for the inspiration.:clap
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    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Agreed I get up in the morning and go,zero plans,little direction=spontaneous fun,work requires me to plan 6 months in advance,why do that in your free time.
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    It certainly, says it all ... you don't see many smiling faces on the 5FY at 07:00AM ... :D
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    philhunt88 n00b

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    Lalo! Tarragona i was there on my moto only two weeks ago, i had my fingers crossed that i would bump into you, alas it was not ment to be. Although i will be back on the continent in september but i presume you will be too far south by then.

    Ride safe, your rr is amazing keep it up!
  12. flyingdutchman177

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    let's be honest........you were hoping to bump in to Kathe.......lol
    one of the best beaches so far.......cold water though
    I was actually there two Weeks ago before the cruise so you should have messaged me
  13. flyingdutchman177

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    104 degrees F
    Or 40 C
    Here in Portugal
    All my fancy gran reserva wines that I bought are getting ruined in this heat.
    Better drink up.
    Who wants to help me?
  14. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    by the time I get there it probably gone....:lol3
  15. flyingdutchman177

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    You are probably right.
    Tonight I am going to work on a 2001 Rioja Alta Gran Reserva
    Parker gave it 96 points if you are in to that points game.
    I would have scored it even higher.
    I found a place to camp along side a cool creek so I will chill down the temp of the wine for some good drinking
    Yum
  16. philhunt88

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    I wish i had, yes the beach was a welcome site after two days ride in torrential rain from santander, the only problem for me was the water being so shallow you can barley swim!

    Im not sure which way your heading but we stopped in a place called Albarracin about 15 miles west of Teruel, it was picturesque and well worth a visit some good bars with an excellent square. Theres also quite a fancy restaurant with good wine on tap. I believe its quite a popular place with the spainish for walking and climbing.

    Also there are some cracking roads heading in that direction from where you are now.
  17. flyingdutchman177

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    I survived another night camping in the bush
    Or should I say.....thrived
    Heading to Oporto for some port in the Duero valley
  18. shallowskiff

    shallowskiff Been here awhile

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    What brand of hammock are you using? Anything you don't like?
    Anything about it you really like?

    What a great adventure you are having.
    Thanks for the great pictures and updating it.
  19. Voyager II

    Voyager II Been here awhile

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    My first post. Stumbled upon this site (and your RR) a couple weeks ago while researching an upcoming adventure bike purchase. Wow. You’re living the dream. And I’m enjoying the ride! Enjoy. Look forward to your ride through the Alps.

    Bob
  20. flyingdutchman177

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    It is an Ergo
    It is expensive but high quality
    The only thing I dont like about it is I wish it was longer
    I am 6 foot 1
    But I look forward to every night I can sleep in it
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