VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by kimangao, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Dickyb

    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    I'm seeing the pictures and they are causing me problems:cry I feel inspired and want to get on my bike and go but it's raining outside, it's cold and it's December:baldy

    Carry on sir,

    Dickyb
  2. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    it´s ok right now

    the wait was worth it

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  3. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    I agree man, much of the Spanish coastline is a big bummer, except Cabo de Gata, hopefully you checked that out. I cant wait to see what route you took through Murcia (where I live) and then Andalucia. I just got back from a loop around the Sierra Nevadas and there is some prime riding on the backroads of Andalucia thats for sure. Great report.
  4. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Oh yes, I did :D Though I was surprised to find the road over the Mulhacen/Pico Valeta closed for private vehicles and the track from San Jose via Cabo de Gata to Almeria closed, too. Times are changing and it seems to better ride today because tomorrow it might be forbidden or impossible.

    But you're so right: Andalucia is still a great riding place and it meets a lot of my (positiv) stereotypes about the country.

    Hasta pronto

    Dirk
  5. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Leaving Morella it doesn't take long and I bump into another traveller. This time it's Thilo with his 12GS.

    Before I'd started the jounrey I was quite concerned about how to cope with being alone for a very long time. Now I find that there's almost nothing to worry about. There'll be company if I keep on being open for new situations, new people.
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    Thilo is familiar with the mountain roads west of Valencia and it's a pleasure to follow him.
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    Due to the dry summers on the Iberian peninsula Spain is scattered with reservoirs. Especially the south with it's extensive agriculture suffers from the annual draughts. Now they're still carriying a lot of water but in autumn you'll find basins nearly empty. Thilo takes me to this really beautiful embalse.
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    Because Thilo has family in Valencia he needs to go there and I decide to accompany him into town. Valencia is home to a huge architectural experiment. The city and the architect Calatrava have started to build the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias, the city of arts and sciences. To me it was like experiencing the taste of the 23rd century.
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    The basic idea of Santiago Calatrava is to give buildings a rather organic design.
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    The builing in the front is an iMax-Cinema. What appears to be little wings are the doors/gates. Hard to believe but the entire glass constructions to the left and right can be opened like a garage door.
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    The conference center behind this road bridge is the most spectecular building to me. The liftet calotte gives space for a balcony.
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    Short break at the oceanografic institute.
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    The cinema again.
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    And the calotte of the Conference Center.
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    I've stayed for three days in the area and I must admit it was really exciting. But - there is a but - after three days I also felt that though this is a really astonishing place it's, let's say, sterile at the same time and I was enjoying the following days in the countryside even more.

    Cheers for now

    Dirk
  6. Dickyb

    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    Wow:clap. How did you get access to all those amazing buildings and manage to position the bike? The place looks deserted. Public spaces or did the authorities know you were coming to town armed with your image capturing paraphernalia :wink:

    Cheers,

    Dickyb
  7. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Hi mate,
    yes it's public space but usually for pedestrians. But in the evening there are only few people around and the place is huge. Some guards asked us (Thilo and me) if we were shooting for an advertisement. As soon as they were convinced that is was not for an ad they didn't bother us.

    Cheers to beutiful Kas

    Dirk
  8. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Hi Dirk

    Nick Jones (aka Klous-1 / http://www.talesfromthesaddle.com/) sent me the link to your RR.

    As a keen photographer myself I really appreciate the lengths you go to in order to capture the images you do.

    I particularly like the set of night shots from Valencia. Fabulous. They are worthy of a place on anyone's wall. :thumb

    Every morning I sit in front of my laptop with a cup of coffee, read the news and check this RR for updates. I'm pretty pissed off on the mornings there are none, so pull your finger out and "Git 'er dun"will ya...:D:D:D

    Adam
  9. x-box

    x-box Adventurer

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    WOW!! wow........

    From old history to modern art - translated with superb photographs :super

    Finding it difficult to wait for each new installment :evil

    Most enjoyable!!!!
  10. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Thank you very much Adam, and thank you Nick for directing people ;-)

    So I'll try to make as many of your mornings as possible good ones. But, as you mention it, me as the who started this thread I also check on the the updates meaning the comments. That's a strong motivation go keep on telling the story. I guess that's how a lot of the story tellers feel like. An artist feeds on the applause of the audience. Here in the forum the storytellers feed on the comments ;-) So thank you and all the others writing their words for giving me a nice menu almost everyday!

    Cheers

    Dirk
  11. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Thank you as well. I'm working on the next little chapter.

    Cheers

    Dirk
  12. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Really love that shot, great job!
  13. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    After Valencia I'm happy that the big city is behind me and I'm not keen on bumping into the next one, Alicante. So I leave Alicante to the left not knowing that in a few weeks this city will be a major spot deciding about if and how I can continue my journey.

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    Near Mazzarón I hit the coast again and I'm surprised to find it nearly without the common "urbanizaciones", holiday villages, beach hotels ...

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    Ha! And there's a track that follows the blue water! Marvellous!

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    THAT could go on for ages. Unfortunately it didn't though it led me to some nice beaches without any houses and no one around :-)

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    This is how I used to camp pretty often. I choose most places by feeling. It's like an inner voice telling me that this will be a good and safe place.
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    This here is right above the town of Mojacar. Good and safe :D
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    In the early morning hours a little fleet of fisherboats heads out into the sea for their daily business. I can easily observe them from my tent.
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    The view from my sleeping spot onto Mojacar. A nice place with a lot of British tourists.
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    Anyway, I decide to have a quick coffee in Mojacar and breakfast at the sea. 30kms south in Agua Amarga I've found THE breakfast place. Absolutely beautiful, calm, warm ...

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    What do you need more in the morning?

    Have a nice one!

    Cheers

    Dirk
  14. mart´n

    mart´n Adventurer

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    Absolutely amazing photos, they blow me away!

    Looking forward to your next post. Until then, I will let my mind wander...

    Truly inspiring, thank you!:clap
  15. kimangao

    kimangao Been here awhile

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    Same here.

    Cheers

    Dirk
  16. BSTT

    BSTT Adventurer

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    Fantastic,
    Dirk, you are really doing a fine job :clap:clap
    Photos and stories are wonderful. I'm sure, there are a lot of wonderful pics waiting for us.
    Thanks for taking us along the coast.
    Ciao Gero
  17. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Wow! I am really enjoying your approach to the ride and of course the beautiful photos! To me it is the type of
    "unstructured structured ride" that I would like to take one day! More, please! :clap:clap
  18. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    great to see familiar places...:clap

    awesome RR.

    thanks.
  19. Abraxas

    Abraxas The last one

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    that building represents actually an eye, top half of it built and bottom as reflection on water. So that the sides can be opened like eyelids,

    As seen on this picture (thanks to google)
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    I am from Valencia, and I have to say I have never seen these builings as I did trhough your pictures. Amazing work.

    Thanks for that, keep it going
  20. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Yup, another viking here following your ride - as I always do.
    Great job Dirk, keep it up :clap

    Greetings from Copenhagen