Kiwi Dreams - Europe & Morocco 2014

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by young1, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Thank you Nunoajc, it is always good getting advice like this from a local.

    Kind regards

    Kiwi Mike
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  2. iny46

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    Now u know how I felt the first k´s in NZ, driving on the wrong Side. :rofl
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  3. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    They say that too much of a good thing is bad for a relationship so today KT and I had a day apart. She was left in the basement in the company of some scooters!

    I spent the day walking around this charming sea side town (city?) of San Sebastián. The Spanish certainly like their food and drink as every second shop appeared to be either a bar (serving Tapas) or a bakery. This was my lunch stop, you can see the variety of food on the bar. Wow this would drive the hygiene "police" crazy back in NZ as no covers over the food, no utensils for picking the food up etc etc. The prawns were fantastic and of course I had to do what the locals were doing and have a beer to wash it down!

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    I really enjoy street performers and came across a group of four men playing their instruments. Three of the instruments were familiar to me; trombone, double bass and a clarinet. However what is this? Very similar to a trumpet but he was playing it in its side and it had different keys to push. Any ideas? (The woman in the back ground sang opera while the musicians rested)

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    They were very good, I would have bought their CD if I had more room to put things on KT

    Finally a photo of the beach. There are two beaches; one inside a bay and the other, a surf beach, outside of it. It would be a nice place on a summers day.

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    Am back riding tomorrow, I am getting closer to Lisbon where I am picking my "wing man" (Leanne) up on Saturday!
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  4. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Hey Kiwi Mike,
    Loving the report! Sorry you had a mob scene at the Mont St Mike. It may well be the most touristed attraction in France (maybe after Tour Eiffel?). When I first went some 10 years ago, it was in January and there were very few tourists and most of the shops and restaurants were closed. Was there again in October '13 and the crowds were huge. Sad to no longer be able to simply drive up to it and park, but I understand that the existence of the causeway was ruining the hydrology. Best way to see it, I think, is to either go early in the morning or late in the day during tourist high tide, or hit it in winter some time.
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  5. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Nothing to apologise for, I was a tourist just like everyone else :-). When I come back, on another trip as I am sure Leanne would like to see it, we will take your advice and go early in the morning and beat the crowds.

    France is a beautiful country.

    Kiwi Mike
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  6. Blader54

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    M St M aside, you can't miss with the Chenonceau and Azay Le Rideau! Well done! And Le Mans! Fabulous! That was a good point you made, that many of the old courses were largely on public roads blocked off for racing. Thankfully we still have moto road racing at the Isle of Man, the NW 200, etc. Glad to see that the Mazda Le Mans winner is displayed (proud former owner of a Series 1 RX-7!)! Looking forward to the Iberian section of your report!
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  7. Radioman

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    Thanks for sharing your ride!
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  8. RTwo

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    Great report Mike - keep it up :)

    Being a man who obviously loves his motor racing, it's a pity you're not anywhere near Monaco on the weekend of the 24/25th May, the place is spectacular during GP week.
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  9. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    It is very tempting but we want to get to Morocco as soon as we can and hopefully before it gets too hot. If possible I would like to ride around the track or do it in a taxi when we are there.
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  10. iny46

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    Best regards to Leanne :ricky
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    Looks like a rotary valve trumpet or cornet to me.
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  12. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    I had the same problems leaving San Sebastián this morning as I had when I arrived, my GPS and I were not on the same page! It is very hard when the motorway splits in two to really know which one road to follow until you have gone past the turn and check the GPS. Twice this morning where I was riding and where the pink line was going didn't agree!

    I took the toll road this morning and what an awesome road it was (yes I know it is not very adventurous and a Gold Wing would have been better suited but I enjoyed it) wow the tunnels! I thought the 1km long tunnel was long, then came a 2km one and then the big daddy 3.5km. The Spanish sure know how to build roads, they either go through or over. However when the toll came to 12 Euros (NZ$20) I decided I had seen enough and turned off.

    Couple of pics, more motorways are being built; in the hills behind this monster I could see where more tunnels had been bored.

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    How cool is this entrance?

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    And finally Covarrubias, a very old little town with a magnificent church. One of the town walls was built in the 10th century, that is before New Zealand had been "found" by the white man. Can you imagine anything built today still standing in 3014?

    Here is the entrance to the town, with KT striking a magnificent pose.

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    And the old church (Saint Cosme and Saint Damien Collegiate Church) The priest/monk/brother(?) pointed out the highlights to me. The organ was built in the 17th century and it still works!

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    And finally does this happen to you? You arrive at a 2 story hotel, very quiet and you are possibly at that stage the only guest. You have boots on, helmet, gloves, tank bag, roll bag etc to carry. And the room you are given..... top floor furtherest away from the stairs

    Casablanca tomorrow :-)
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  13. Carlos M

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    Hello Mike,

    Great report!

    I've sent you an e-mail regarding our plan for Saturday, hope you get to read it meanwhile.

    See you soon,

    Carlos
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  14. Hockenrider

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    Hi Mike ,

    Totally enjoying your ride reports and the Wow factor of your photo's.

    Thanks for sharing them , another one subscribed.

    Cheers
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  15. young1

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    Leanne is fortunate that I am able to post this for her to read before she wakes up (she is 10 hours ahead of me here), why? I lost my map of the city that also included the route to take for my 25 minute walk back to the BNB. It became like a big game of memory, but as you can see I made it.

    Day started well. It was the sort of day that wasn't too hot or cold, ear plugs were comfy and working, full tank of gas, clean visor, no traffic and a brilliant windy country road to cruise along, taking in the scenery, at about 70km/hr. Just awesome.

    Pictures, this old bridge had an old mill and water race alongside (typical as soon as I got off the bike the first car in ages arrived..)

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    I hate to report this but forget about what the girls say, size is important. Here is proof, with what this bird has he has managed to get two chicks (the second ducked down when it saw the camera)

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    I stopped for a drink in a neat little town look how skinny the roads are!

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    Salamanca is awesome. The old town is centred around the grand square and all around are cathedrals, churches, centuries old buildings. It is a university town so has that buzz it that students bring. The university uses many of the old buildings in its campus.

    The square, unfortunately it had temporary buildings in it for a university book fair

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    This is the cathedral, the size of this was impressive. How they managed to build these centuries ago is beyond me. What was funny - there was a cheaper entry fee for the unemployed, maybe I should have tried to go in paying that one!

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    They say you can pick a good Tapas bar by all the napkins on the floor, this must be a good one then, look below the bar

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    About 400kms tomorrow to Evora in Portugal. Spare some thought for Leanne who starts a 36 hour trip to Lisbon after a day at work. It is going to be AWESOME to see her (just hope she doesn't bring to much lol)
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    She's on the way. Took her to the airport. Beautiful night to fly. Clear and calm and an awesome orange moon coming up.
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  17. young1

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    Thank you Phil, I appreciate that :-)
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  18. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    Maybe an early taste of Morocco, today got hotter the closer I got to Portugal.

    Salamanca is such a beautiful city, I hope to return one day.

    My route out of Salamanca was great, went through some small towns. Dropping down to this one there was some nice sharp first gear corners to wobble around.

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    This is looking back across the plain I was crossing heading to the border.

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    And into Portugal, I now have to cope with another language (or the locals have to cope with my "Kiwi English)

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    Tonight I am in the small town of Evora, it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Don't worry I won't bore you with details of cathedrals etc but thought you might like São Francisco Convent, and the Chapel of Bones.

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    And to celebrate a new country I have to try the local product so a nice glass of red (cordial mum!).

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    Apart from Leanne arriving tomorrow there is possibly another treat in store. If it eventuates I will report all tomorrow!

    And by the way thank you to family and friends who got in touch with Leanne this week to wish her well :-)
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  19. young1

    young1 Been here awhile

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    First the most important news, to me anyway, Leanne has arrived so we can now share the next 8 weeks of this adventure together.

    And now the big news. This is where I spent 5 hours this afternoon

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    There were three different options from; riding on the road (they had the full range of bikes to choose from), track experience or off road coaching and riding.

    So I still can't believe that I ended up astride a BMW 1000 weapon heading down pit straight! What a scary, exciting time. These bikes are so fast, their brakes are so good I think my eyeballs hit my visor when I first applied them. As my friends from home will confirm I am no road rider. If I was meant to find any apexes on the track, well I would still be out there looking. Anyway enough, here is the proof (check out the other bikes that were available)

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    And if anyone who was there today is reading this, no I wasn't swerving to warm the tires up as I left pit lane - that was my customary wobble....

    Here is the off road school, this is Carlos on a brand new GS taking his group through the basics, man could he ride that well. We are staying with Carlos and Catarina in Lisbon, awesome couple.

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    These are some of the bikes available for the road ride.

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    Various suppliers also had stall including Touratech, BMW apparel etc.

    BMW did it so well, right from the check in procedures, the free lunch / juice / coffee etc, the bike options and even to when we were leaving the bike wash people turned up to groom all of the bikes for tomorrow.

    And finally some eye candy from my lunch stop in Estoril

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    Isn't that just gorgeous.
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  20. Padmei

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    getting to the good stuff Mike!

    Are you staying with the couple we met at your place or are they still travelling?