Northern Spain, wandering on wet weekends (almost always)

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  1. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    SORRY FOR THESE LOST PICS, SMUGMUG ACOUNT WENT TO HELL
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    I´ll try to show what´s all around my home town HERE

    I´ll try to show how hard it is to wander through these mountains, which are not very high, but very difficult l when you drive a 950 SE:D
    Wet Mountains at least 10 months a year
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    hidden corners all around
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    trying all day long not to lie down too quickly
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    but. you know, that shit happens with slippery mud every day when the track chosen are this way:D
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    Anyway, there's always a nice reward for supporting so wet and gloomy weather
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    but there is always nearby destinations a target for next week
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    more to come............
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  2. morini-ford

    morini-ford Adventurer

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    Oh my, beautiful scenery. I must visit that region ...:eek1
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  3. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    it always starts the same way...........
    jumping among the puddles the view opens wide
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    to start climbing
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    again and again, neverending
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    that place some months before
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    and wet
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    more to come..............
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  4. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    But, when everything at home´s OK, we use to ride for some days........................


    This time we headed south, to a three-day route trying to enjoy springtime as much as possible
    after circumvent the wet tracks already mentioned, we went across the Ebro river to La Rioja, good soil and better wines with the intention of crossing into the plains of Castilla through Sierra Demanda, with passes up to 2.200mtrs.
    the route, 511kms:
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    with this elevation profile
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    these forest are old and protected, so there´s no many single or double tracks all over there and don´t have any maintenance
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    dark tracks we saw, smelled and heard with some magic
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    and we also begin to see our limitations, our ability to route, tracks were loosing every mile, our mastery of the medium, our fears and above all our haste to get out of there because it was taking us too much effort and too much time
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    but we did it, this is upper side of Sierra Demanda where dry weather isshowing old villages dipped in new dams
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    more...........
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  5. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    After passing the mountains, the ground is improving, so we can raise the average trip, entered into extensive pine tree areas and tracks in good conditions
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    this is Soria, a large province with very little population, practically dedicated to forestry
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    wide landscapes
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    but day was running out, near a village of a singular name, Boos, and after passing two native examination (both may total 300 years), we set out to spend the night here
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    dinner could be better, I know
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    more to come...........
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  6. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    woke up, strong breakfast and running again trhu big plains, stumbling upon nice villages
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    full of color and turbulent past
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    walled villages in the turbulent Middle Ages
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    being careful with these monsters
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    and sheeps
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    200 kms of flat lands
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    some river crossing, not deep, and getting hot at midday
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    more flat valleys
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    and more small villages
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    when we arrived at the first mountains in hours
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    so we are now at Alto Tajo
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    we go round and round because tihis area is a National Park, but it was worth, we had to keep on roads suitable for motor vehicles
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    red stones and high vertical cliffs, there were many many people rappelling
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    we had lunch there, of course
    after this colorful oasis, we continued crossing more flat valleys to more villages with great story to tell from its many old buildings
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    until we reached to another nice area, Albarracin
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    pine area again, clayey soil, sandy......... more heat and more sun
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    down this last hill, we reached our destination, the Alto Turia, where we spent one hotel night at a KTM bikes meeting


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    the next day to retrace our steps going North
    uh!, there you can find THIS
    hope you liked it
    thxs for reading
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  7. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    bike´s still clean but five or ten miles after that pic
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    waterfalls everywhere
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    but the sound of falling water relaxes
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    like forgotten churches in the middle of nowhere
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    doors closed many years before i got here
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    mud sometimes gives you a break
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  8. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    ^^^ Nice!!! I bet that was fun and frustrating at the same time! At least you had the right bike for it! Cool pics!
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  9. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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  10. dgomezhall

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    I used to live in Bilbao while studying abroad during college...wish I had a dual sport while living there after seeing these pics!
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  11. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    and a good rainsuit:deal

    thanks
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  12. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    Got out of bed at eight thirty
    phone up a friend but didn´t pick up the cell, hés a party animal, you know

    thinking what to do, where to go alone again mmmmmmmmmm

    here i go again, rainsuit on, GPS off, who need it here:D
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    things start easy, no mud, no steep slope
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    but that changes quickly in all senses
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    many creeks to cross due to five days of steady rain
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    sometimes, even walking turns hard
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    and sometimes i´m lucky, i found this shit right next to my front wheel
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    and this
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    well, actually I did not stop, I just passed this long curve going down and mud did not help much to slow down:D
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    I was really lost, but the place was worth it
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    In fact, there´s nothing all around but trees.......
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    ....... mud..........
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    creeks
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    puddles
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    and KTM flowers:D
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    and this..........
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    more to come
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  13. Jon_Garfio

    Jon_Garfio Adventurer

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    Nice pics and trip, in north of Spain always rains! The best muddy.

    Ondo pasa mutil!
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  14. Mnrider2

    Mnrider2 Been here awhile

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    Great photos.
    Cool seeing all the old buildings we don't have around here.
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  15. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    yeah, there´s a bunch of those all around here because of iron mining in early 20th century, now, they´re just a ruin inside the forest

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    this was a part of it in a museum at one of these mountains
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    and modern times changes that poor past into new bunch of mofo playing golf and dividing funny bike areas by fences
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    that golf is up to this
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    the lake forms that waterfall
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    but enduros use to climb this one, not me:D
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    i have to take some detours
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    :beer
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  16. Bryn1203

    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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    thanks for that - I have an affinity with Northern Spain - possibly a Celtic thing :D :clap
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  17. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    celtics are beside us:D

    here

    i´m from the other side, HERE
    although we have many things in common

    thanks for the interest

    This past weekend, we headed to colonize the lands of Castilla, but the rain did not let us:D
    just a small sample, one of these days will make a RR:lol3

    first mountain
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    that lead you to first big plain
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    but storm ends up reaching us
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    this could be a "home made 360º sight", eight pics of that plain
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    we had to spend that night in this "love shack"
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    and invoke Celtic spirits with a "queimada", my riding mate is Galician
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    that place was amazing
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    here´s the route
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  18. Spartandude

    Spartandude Been here awhile

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    Awesome. Thanks for taking us with. :)
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  19. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    rescuing on board files from a wet SD
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    wet northern area
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    getting higher landscape changes
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    not too high but always too wet and cold makes pinetrees disappear
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    and opens land to the big Masa plains
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    big rocky plains
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    with fucking hidden creeks there where you think there´s nothing
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    more pics soon...
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  20. tortugo

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    No hay una sola flor en todo el post!!! :fitz
    Este no eres tú Ata...
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