Pyrenees offroad knowledge base

Discussion in 'Europe' started by DominicDomingo, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. DominicDomingo

    DominicDomingo axe me anything

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    :wave Bon dia Joan

    No entenc, que vul dir aixo?
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  2. jp-speed-triple

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    has anyone actually used this route or road book?

    http://vibraction.pagesperso-orange.fr/espagne/rb_5.htm

    we are considering it for June 2011. given its a 4X4 friendly route, I'm assuming its ok on a fat GS.

    Question is....what tyres? Tkc Knobbles or Tourance dual purpose.

    Any experience on this trail?

    thanks
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  3. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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  4. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I've had recent experience of the eastern end of that route. Not the exact route but the area to the west of Figueres and out just west of Ripoll. I'd recommend the TKC80 because it can get really muddy and slick if you're unlucky enough to have rain. For a couple of weeks before our trip last October, there had been several inches of rain and we had shod our Triumph Scramblers with Heidenau K60s and they were just coping. Look at the last picture bottom left on http://vibraction.pagesperso-orange.fr/espagne/rb_5.htm if you don't believe me.
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  6. mrfandangle

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    Am heading down that way this year and was hoping to do the Bardenas Reales and include some other offroad/trail riding whilst there, will be on a big dual sport bike. Has there been any changes in the laws? Many thanks. Glen.:D
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  7. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    Not as far as I'm aware. Go and enjoy yourselves. But I guess you'll have to look out for things like this
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5622840?source=wapi&referrer=kh.google.com
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  8. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    As stated..nothing to worry about....try www.wikiloc.com and you'll be able to download routes...if you have a gps that is.

    You can get a road map free from the Visitors Centre to show you where you can and can not ride etc.

    :D
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  9. Snafu2

    Snafu2 Been here awhile

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    Have just spent xmas riding the Pyrenees and there are some restrictions but very little rhym or reason as to where and why so you have to take notice of any signs.
    Some of the Bardenas area is national park and has a lot of restriction especially the La Blanca Baja where you find signs like these to show you where you can ride or as someone else has said visit the visitor centre for a free map. It's on the road going NE from Aguedas.
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    There is still plenty ride though especially for a bigger bike.


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    and with so much to see you wont want to be going over the 30kmh speed limit.
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  10. redmurty

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  12. The Spanish Biker

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    Brilliant riding! But there is both rhym and reason: one of these being the confusion between national and natural park, the Bardena Blanca is both a conservation area and a military firing range! - it's all here on my blog, where you'll also find a link to a brilliant Pyrenean off-road rally :clap

    Regs

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  13. The Spanish Biker

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  15. Snafu2

    Snafu2 Been here awhile

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    Hi Simon
    what I meant by no rhymm or reason is things like you're riding an area outside of any parks and you'll come to a road that has restrictions and then when you later pass by the other end of it there is no restriction. I'm happy with the clearly signed parks that have restrictions as you know exactly where you stand but some other areas make me feel uncomfortable. A lot has to do with translating signs and an inherent feeling that any thing that implies a restriction must mean me, I mistakenly pulled out of riding a heavily signed area due to what I later translated into signs prohibiting collecting fallen timber. I've got an overlay for my digital mapping that shows all parks (and their stus) so that helps but it's just the odd closed to vehicle roads in the middle of knowhere that don't seem to make sense, maybe you could tell me what the procedure is for anyone who'd like to impose such a restriction in Spain is.

    There are several wide open gravel tracks into the Bardenas Blanca that have no restrictions signs and yet are excluded from the roads you can use on the information centres maps, likewise there are tracks that follow the irrigation channels in the area that have a restriction on one end only.

    Nice blog and info site you have, the rally is of interest as well and is an area we're looking at returning to this year.

    Cheers, Rob
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  17. The Spanish Biker

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    Hmm - good point. I know the feeling. There are some guides I can give but give me a little time to find the images I have of most of the common signs that I prepared last year for the HISS rally.

    I've ridden in the Bardena several times. Likewise I have some images. Part of the problem there is that the 'circuit trail is the barrier of the military firing range - you don't want to go there!

    Regs

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  18. The Spanish Biker

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    I've found the archive I made of all the signs around the HISS rally sites plus a few more, e.g. the Bardenas trails. To save time I'm uploading these onto a special chapter of my blog.

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    This is pretty much the standard sign - with extra information in Catalan here. You also see 'Autorizados' (Autortzats in Catalan) meaning authorised vehicles/personnel only' and 'Access Vecinos', (Veïns in Catalan) meaning property owners.

    Meanwhile. I've come across signs at ibne end of a trail and not the other. I suppose the explanation is that they put the signs up at the most likely entrances to trails, otherwise there would be millions of signs! I guess if you had a pull and could show the kind officer your route and you hadn't passed a sign then you would be OK. That's not so very helpful but it's all there is :(

    Most irrigation canals are prohibited simply for safety reason. The most silly one I've come across are two signs side-by-side, one a signpost for a village and then the prohibition next to it! But you do find stretches of canal that are used as public roads - and the public, bless 'em, contrive to drown themselves it their cars with quite astonishing frequency!

    That's a good point about the trabnslation. I've often come across these referring to 'hongo's - wild mushrooms (bolets in Catalan) and 'trufas' - truffles. And firewood seems to sound familiar too. A very frequent one that is easy to remember is 'particular', meaning private property. The plus of these signs is that trails leading into private lands tend to go nowhere anyway, saving you a blind ally ride :)

    Meanwhile, I'd be very interested to know more about your overlay for land status. In fact the only really important one is national - as opposed to natural - parks. The whole subject is pretty complicated and I describe it in details here. At least in natural parks and reserves the signs are less likely to be ambiguous.

    Regs

    Simon
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  19. fluff34567

    fluff34567 Long timer

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    hi Simon,

    i looked at your site and tried to access theroutes > trails section but im asked for a password?
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    Harty Bloody Good Bloke!

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