Mountains and deserts, a Spanish adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by UK Jimbo, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    This is just a teaser post until I get a chance to sift though the photos and string some words together.

    We've just got back from a two week trip on two bikes and an ex military Land Rover.

    The team
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    Desert
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    I'll start telling the story in the week...
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  2. GB

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    this is going to be good :clap

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  3. Frgich

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    I'm sure it will be another great story, considering the bikes and the Landy it must be :D
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  4. obsidian

    obsidian Scared of the dark..

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    Is it next week yet? :lurk
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  5. Borinott

    Borinott Spain Transalp Rider

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    You're right, Spain is a great land :D:D
    The last pic seems the Bardenas Reales - Monegros dessert, a dessert just 250 km far from Barcelona or Pirineos. Great place to ride and fun.
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  6. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    Not very many photos from the first day. We had to ride from London down to Dorchester where Henry and the big land rover live.

    As ever it was all a bit last minute. I had a headache and took some nurofen tablets but managed to take some "cold and flu" ones by mistake. They doped me up like I was on drugs and pushed back our departure time by three or four hours. D'oh

    I kickstarted the XR600
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    Charlie got kitted up. F**k knows what's going on with the ninja look.
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    I kicked the XR some more...
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    We left London late to make the three hour ride to Dorset and were soon riding in the dark. Country lanes with crap trail bike headlights were, errrr, interesting.

    We got to Charlie's mum's place to pick up some camping gear. She was out. We waited in the cold and took photos to keep ourselves amused.

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    We arrived in Dorchester about five hours later than intended at exactly midnight.

    Bed time...
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  7. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    Last minute repair work on "the tonnie" (the military nick name for the 101 Forward Control Land Rover)

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    We packed the truck and loaded up the bikes on the trailer

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    It was really dumb but cost us about £200 less to trailer the bikes on the ferry instead of ride them. We found a friend of a friend who lived near the port and said we could leave the trailer with him.

    We had the space for lots of kit so we brought lots of kit. There wasn't much room for us in the back with all of it though!

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    We left on time for our drive (an hour and a half or so) down to Plymouth. Lots of bikes wih luggage on (presumably getting the same ferry) passed us and we made good time.

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    We got to Plymouth early (pretty much unheard of for us) and got on the ferry, made some phone calls to girlfriends and waved goodbye to land for 20 hours...

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    Spirits were high
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    but we got bored pretty fast, the ferry was just full of old people.

    Henry didn't look impressed with the food...

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    and the practical jokes started...

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    After all the preparation from the last weeks/days we were all exhausted and went to bed very early. We'd be arriving in Spain the next morning and were all looking forward to it.
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  8. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    We woke up, had breakfast and after not long we were in sunny Spain

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    we docked and rolled off the ferry

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    Honorio a very kind friend of a friend met us at the ferry terminal and lead us back to his house on his Triumph.

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    it didn't take us long to get there

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    We met his wife and his dog Angus


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    Next we got dressed up like power rangers

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    It was hot in all the kit. Today we were going to truck it up the coast a few hours just into France where we'd camp for the night by the coast.

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    Later on we arrived at our destination St-Jean-de-Luz and found a nice campsite.

    We set up camp (slowly as it was the first night). This first involved throwing all of the kit out of the truck making a mess.

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    then setting everything up

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    As the trip went on we got far, far faster at setup and tear down of all the kit.

    Sujee cooked up a bad ass stir fry while I went to the shops to buy beer.

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    yum

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    We turned in for bed and our first day in Spain was complete. We decided that the next day we'd get the long distance stuff done by driving another several hundred km east then cut across the Pyrenees to Sort in Spain. Sort is not far from Andorra.
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  9. 1 Bored Clerk

    1 Bored Clerk Mama, I'm goin fast!

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    Nice start to the RR! I realize this is a motorcycle thread but that Land Rover is very cool. We don't get stuff like that over here in the States.
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  10. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro Supercàzzola

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    Love that truck. Wish I lived so close to Spain...what a jewel. We have to make do with Florida
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  11. ChangoGS

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    Nice idea combining the truck with your trip.
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  12. NewHampWoodsRider

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    Looks like fun!

    Off to a great start!

    Keep us posted!
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  13. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    We woke up after a decent night's sleep and packed everything up before heading just down the road to a super market where we'd stock up on a few days' worth of food.

    We left Charlie to keep an eye on the vehicles and came back out to the car park to find him meditating.

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    We then ate breakfast in our luxury surroundings

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    recorded some video diary footage
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    ....and hit the road again...

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    Yes, that lorry is overtaking us. Our cruising speed was pretty low, mainly because the tonnie was v.slow up hills.

    None of the vehicles were designed for motorway driving but they did the job. Slowly. Charlie had an iron butt riding the WR all that way.

    Eventually we pulled in for lunch.


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    Finally we turned off the autoroute and started heading towards the hills. Everyone was all smlies.

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    The roads looked typically French (we were in France afterall)

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    We climbed more. Even more smiles.

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    The roads started getting fun
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    Before long we arrived at a col at 2083m above sea level.

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    More amazing views and a group shot.

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    And the time to shoot some video diary

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    We started heading downhill towards Spain and our campsite. More amazing views.

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    and the roads were OK!

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    After not too long we arrived at Sort and set up camp next to a river.

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    Tomorrow the offroad starts...
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  14. aurel

    aurel Cheese&Wine!

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  15. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    Hey! It was awesome meeting you and riding together.


    I've run out of photos to post for the moment (Sujee is in Sri Lanka for a few more days). Once he's back and more photos are up I'll continue the story...
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  16. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    Finally I get to start telling the story again.

    Here's me brewing some coffee using my nifty little Jetboil. All mornings must start with coffee.

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    We chilled out for a bit checking out our surroundings

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    then hopped onto the roads and started climbing up towards the start of one of the trails we had a routebook for. The views were stunning (again)

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    Before we knew it we were turning off the tarmac and onto the trail. Tyre pressures were reduced, I gave Charlie some pointers (this was the first offroad he'd ever ridden) and off we went.

    Not sure what was going on here. I think I was pretending to do stretches.

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    It was perfect beginners stuff and great fun. As the morning progressed the riding got more exciting with a couple of water crossings.

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    Charlie was riding well. We stopped for lunch at a beautiful little church in the middle of nowhere. There was a guy on an Africa Twin with road tyres traveling in the opposite direction to us and with full (very full!) luggage and his wife. I hope he made it.

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    Gathering washing up water

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    After fuelling our bodies up we set off again upwards.

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    Local wildlife. Not sure if either of the single guys got a phone number...

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    A reminder of what happens if you get it wrong.

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    Interesting troughs that looked like an art installation.

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    Lost? errrrr

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    Enthusiasm got the better of us and we stayed up on the trails a bit too long. We detoured off our route to head down to a small town with a campsite. When we got to Os de Civis (Aos) we discovered that it was tiny and didn't have a campsite after all. We ended up doing kind of "guerilla camping" by the side of the road in a picnic area.

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    We made the most of what provisions we had left and still sorted out a filling meal.

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    We were all shattered and got our heads down early after a long day.
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    dude! where can i get one of those trucks? how much do they cost? im guessing there really isnt a set price since they are or were military ordance
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  18. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    I think I remember some posts about this in trip planning or somewhere. I have yet to really do any off roading on the Pyrenees, though they're my backyard. I'll change that soon...
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  19. UK Jimbo

    UK Jimbo Been here awhile

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    You're supposed to be interested in the bikes not the Land Rover. Just kidding! I'm a bit of a Land Rover buff myself and have owned three series models.

    It's a Land Rover 101 Forward Control, also known in the forces as a "tonnie" because it has a 1 tonne payload capacity. They were used by British Forces in the Army and also in the RAF.

    It's been quite a few years since they came out of the army and a few have definitely made it to the US. I think you can pick them up for £4000 + over here (that's about $1,000,000 with the exchange rate as it is at the moment ;) ).

    Check out 101fc.net or do a search for "101 forward control" on Google and you'll find loads of online info.

    We did post some stuff (none very useful!) up in trip planning. You really should head over there, I'm jealous of you that it's all close enough for you to go playing there at the weekend.
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  20. Dirty Barber

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    How awesome!
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