Northern Spain, wandering on wet weekends (almost always)

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by ata, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. pamplonika

    pamplonika Spritfresser

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    you're right, this person is not ATA.
    Ata, where is the Power Flower? :evil

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  2. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    hey, STFU

    this is supposed to be a very serious thread:lol3

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  3. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    there is sunny weather as well
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    and that shouldn´t be missed
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    playing all around with shades
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    having a break
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    but fucking water always appears suddenly
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    sticky as hell
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    ok, we need another break
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  4. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    back to the south again, day one
    looking for those wonderful fields of wheat as yellow as summer sun
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    but riding at noon can be a risky sport, it's hot and the humidity is minimal, you need to stop often to hydrate your tired body
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    to stop as often makes you discover hidden and curious nooks, sad memories of past times not so long ago
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    hey, what´s your doing, MOFO?:D
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    and some coincidences begin
    right in the middle of nowhere
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    some farmers forget where the trail is
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    hey, dude, where the fuck are we?
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    step by step found the trail again
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    fields are full of poppies as well
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    back on the track again,
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    seems that heat will give us a break because it blows some wind
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    at Burgos we turn the course toward the south looking for a wild and sparsely inhabited area, SIERRA DE LA DEMANDA, with peaks above 2200 mtrs
    more to come..............
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  5. RockyRaccoon

    RockyRaccoon Found:Gideon's Bible

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    Beautiful, thanks for sharing! :thumb
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  6. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    thnx dude!

    Antonio Machado was a very important spanish poet and he said once:

    Wanderer, your footsteps are
    the road, and nothing more;
    wanderer, there is no road,
    the road is made by walking.
    By walking one makes the road,
    and upon glancing behind
    one sees the path
    that never will be trod again.
    Wanderer, there is no road--
    Only wakes upon the sea.

    from "Proverbios y cantares" in Campos de Castilla. 1912

    and there we were, in Castilla fields with nothing clear, no idea where to go............
    when we meet a pair of GS trying to survive among single track forest, looking closer i realize that both were well known dudes from Barcelona, casuality? or an enemy action?:D
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    that bike was an GS once, now i really don´t know what it is
    got together for a few beers, the heat was almost annoying, and spent some time telling lies and stories of our travels, and blah, blah blah, you know
    but it was ​​quite late, the sun was about to hide behind the mountains, so we hurry to find a place to sleep
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    lovely place
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    we could see a full of stars sky that night, no cold, no wind, no noise
    what else could you ask?
    perhaps not snoring?:D
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    Sunday morning was just like saturday´s, perfect weather all arund there...
    and we got to La Demanda
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    amazing place to ride, but most of it is Natural Park, so riding is forbidden
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    down there, La Rioja, maybe the best wines in the world

    more soon..........
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  7. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    for them, the caresses of rain
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    obstinate body smiles for her

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    What to do when you try.

    but can not be.

    and wanting win us the game.

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    only desires that only today can understand

    where the hell the sun has gone this August?
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  8. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    finally the sun is shining

    take this opportunity to go further

    and this is to blame for what I show to you
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    when I go farther than usual, always cross many peaceful villages, those that invite you to take a quiet coffee speaking with the locals about.......... who cares
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    that kind of villages where people always leaves the keys on
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    those towns who always have many options to go for bikes like mine
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    many creeks to cross
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    many mountais to climb
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    but never too dry
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    there are also many forgotten roads to cross where you can find strange things...........
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    i mean really strange things:D
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    and up to the hills again and again
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    pine trees and eucaliptus intensive farming
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    that makes the very steep single tracks really funny
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    but not always:D
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    these forests are crossed by ancient railways carrying iron ore to the coast and then take them by boat to England
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    grey clouds are here again, tonight´s gonna rain again
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    some close ups
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    and back to the forest coming back home
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    camera of this cell phone is really amazing
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    thxs for reading
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  9. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    seems that the sun is gonna stay a couples of days more
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    pretty sure
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    inmate
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    same as it never was
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    UP.......................is it trial?
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    skid plate did it WELL
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    DOWN
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    behind one corner I saw this crazy men
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    looking forward sea breeze the whole morning, desperately.......................I finally got it
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    :beer
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  10. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    friday hard night after.....
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    watching this shit
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    that means a hard day night, too many hours drinking with mates, chicks and.......... don´t remember
    saturday, that day really happened?
    don´t remember
    but sunday things went better
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    but not very
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    took some pics and went back home, that was not my day
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    headache was my partner all day long as well
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    but i needed to sweat alcohol
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  11. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    yesterday´s ride was easier:D
    saturday just went to the circus with my two girls
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    yes, that two:D
    weather still on a rain break, so decided to do a longer ride
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    starting always trough pines
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    to that heights where there are no trees all around
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    steep is hard on these mountains
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    and of course, greetings to everyone
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    Bilbao, down there
    double rocky track way up
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    and got to some civil war souvenirs
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    just a view to the big south
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    same as north one:D
    i found a bobsleigh hill, not now that is dry, this clay becames fucking ice when wet
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    time to have a rest
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    turning back on my feet decided to try this funny way
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    and yes, this bike can do it, better dry than wet, of course,I'm not as good pilot as you think, sure:D
    but i did it
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    even the bugs are interested on this bike?
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    sure
    see ya!
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  12. The_Scottsman

    The_Scottsman There's Beer here??

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    Wow! Some beautiful countryside! Great pics!
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  13. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    rain has come again......... to stay for some months
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    steep never looks what it is
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    new cell crapy pics, but scenary always inspire new adventures
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    on every single corner
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    new power parts all around:D
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    and many many false steps
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    slippery mud
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    and rolling stones
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    this is called the rollercoaster
    first one
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    jumping like a kangaroo:D
    and me
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    among the jungle
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    so............. new knobbies are needed............ from now to July

    thnx
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  14. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    no more words

    just a bunch of pics showing what you can find all around here
    this is the north coast, countryside and beaches.............

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    Ebro river
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    cathedral close to the sea....... and the lighthouse

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    if you get to Bilbao by train, this is what you´ll see
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  15. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    again on the tracks

    trying so hard to reach Valladolid, 450 kms far from home in a fucking hard rain week.... and cold as well

    forecast wasn´t good enough and logic was telling us that wasn´t a good idea but....... who said fear?

    sky was sad
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    and getting wet everything all around us, any mile was a suffering enjoyment

    we had the last coffee in Burgos, from here civilization ended and lonely adventure begun
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    landscapes of flat lands on a 360º view
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    didn´t take many pics because it was raining too much to take out the cells from the pockets, you know
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    and the tracks were too slippery to stop there where you want:D
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    but cold weather was fought with all available weapons:D
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    also known as this land´s blood:lol3
    and it worked
    local population
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    trip was running slower than we thought because of these hard conditions, we had to stop too many times
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    and some fuel pump pixies
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    anything new in a 60k miles big katoom
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    all the rivers we saw were as this one, out of range
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    this one.............
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    become this
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    same bridge, of course
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    luckily, reaching to Valladolid, the ground becomes sandy, pine trees all around what means drier and easier
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    but.................
    that's another story to be told at another time
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  16. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    back at home......... still raining......... looks like mud is what the world is made of
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    specially there where steep turns flat and a fucking logging forestry trucks finds a way to destroy
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    don´t know what we were thinking about... but decided to try
    we bet .....

    and we lost that bet
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    who said it was easier for a 250 2t?
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    fortunately we could move forward, with a great effort, but we did it.....................
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    stunning places to stay
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    and see that there are some kind of people able to leave shit everywhere they are
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  17. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    first sunny day in two weeks........
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    but chilly, anyway everything seems to be as wet as last sunday
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    but at least riding the bike is more comfortable, forget rain suit, waterproof gloves, wet feet
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    good vibrations made us follow single track ways that didn´t give us a rest in a couple of hours
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    and this is what happens when you ride too close to a 2 stroke fucking bitch that didn´t want to cross some mud ponds:D
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    and you can´t do anything while having spits out loads of mud in your face
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    ok, forgive you ..... but not forgotten:D
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  18. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    ata expat in the jungle

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  20. jcf

    jcf Been here awhile

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    CONO !

    What an amazing adventure and such thorough documentation.
    Thanks.

    Those shots of the drowned town are amazing.
    When I lived in Spain friends took me to their ancestral home in Pedrosa.
    I will never forget the ride over the bridge and looking down and seeing the village of Riano underwater.

    ? Que pasado bien no es sueno ?
    ? Quien tuvo dichas heroicas
    que entre si no diga, quando
    las revuelve en su memoria.
    Sin duda que fue sonado
    cuanto vi ? Pues si esto toca mi desangano, si se
    que es el gusto llama hermosa,
    que la convierte en cenizas
    cualquiera viento que sopla,
    acudamos a lo eterno,
    que es la fama vivadora
    donde ni duermen las dichas,
    ni las grandezas reposan.

    - El Gran Calderon

    Suerte, Ata y Viva Riano
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