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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Day 4


    Sleep in rest and try to get the tires organized. We have happily decide that after some sleep and sorting out a lot of the logistical issues we do not just want to go home. We also had time to spend with our friends and thank then for everything they have done to help us. We could not have accomplished all this without them. We went out for Mexican food and then celebrated with some traditional Hungarian Palinka shots!


    [​IMG]IMG_5647 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our luck may finally have changed we even got a parking spot out front of the shop!

    [​IMG]IMG_5688 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    13. Return to the shop for final touches, check oil and tire pressures again. Sort and pack the last of the gear an tidy the shop.

    [​IMG]Spain-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    14. Tires installed Angel del la Cruz Moto in Madrid. Nice guys and super clean shop. They got the tires for us in less than 24 hours and made an installation appointment as well according to our schedule. This is where Modesto comes to the rescue again. We could spend all day sourcing tires and a shop to put them on and he can accomplish this in 5 minutes on the phone.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 11.15.49 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Drive 40 km to Navelcarnero to stay just 15 minutes from the village of Villanueva de Perales, which is where DMX suspension is located. We arrived to the town after a bit of a scare as we entered the very long tunnel under Madrid and of course lost GPS use. This was a bit harry as it is 4-5 lanes of very fast moving traffic and multiple various branching points none of which said “autovia sur-oeste”….Finally after 15 minutes we exited to find we were luckily pretty much on track and we had managed to not screw it up. This is very easy in Madrid as every 200 meters there is a collection of direction signs and especially in the tunnels it can be so easy to go the wrong direction.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 11.16.30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    This is a very nice small town with beautiful stone buildings. We stayed in a small Posada off the main square and did a walk along the ruta Truistic thru the town.

    [​IMG]Spain-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Drive to the 18 km to Villanueva de Perales. About 9 km from the village Dan’s front calliper was seized and smoking. I went on to DMX to get help and the guarda civil (highway patrol) stopped to protect the bike from accident as it was parked on the narrow dirt verge of the road. Once it cooled he could soon get going and arrived at DMX before I could even get a transport truck arranged. It turns out the last BMW dealership overfilled the reservoir and it was to bursting. Take some out problem solved.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 11.17.50 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    15. Suspension service- DMX


    [​IMG]Spain-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Spain-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    16. Chains & Sprockets- done at DMX since they have the tools and there we had the time.

    [​IMG]IMG_5598 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    17. Fork Socks- re install new ones. We had always used these on our dirt bikes and on the road bikes until we had the suspension done last year. they advised no socks. That said about a month after this I got a rock chip on the back side of the right fork and this caused a leak in Norway. We had a new seal put on in Finland, but within 2 weeks it was leaking again. The nick was so small we could not see it. Finally when we got to Sweden again to Bike Trollhattan where they found the nick and smoothed it out and replaced the seal. New fork stickers!!

    [​IMG]Spain-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Damian and Ursula and there team are so fantastic. They fit us in on a day when they already had a lot of work to get done. They stayed until 10 pm to get as much done on our bikes as possible. They still had time to take us for a full Spanish lunch with the menu of the day, beers, and whiskey! They were also kind enough to let us stay in the spare office in the warehouse since there is no hotel in the village. We had our mats and sleeping ags, power and a bathroom with a hot shower, what more could you ask for?

    [​IMG]Spain-30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a 468 KM drive to the south west coast of Spain to our friends town Los Areneles del Sol, that is just south of the port city of Alicante. We pressed for 5 hours on the highway and made it in good time. We had pretty good weather and the temperature warmed up to 26 at the coast.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 21.22.51 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We had met João (Joam) and Ania on our boat when we were in the Galapagos for 2 weeks in 2014 and then again later the same month in Mancora Peru. They were so nice to ask us to come stay at the beach. We spent the first evening recounting to each other the stories of our trips in south America. They had traveled by bus, but eventually bought a car in Chile and did the Ruta 40 and Carretera Austral like we did. It was great to share stores and some good Spanish wine. Dan still managed to get up for the sun rise!



    [​IMG]Spain-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    João planned a full day for us of sightseeing.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 22.47.16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Spain-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We stated with a visit to Xixona, which is a picturesque village on the hills near Alicante. We walked up to the church on the top and enjoyed a drink in the square.

    [​IMG]Spain-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then drove further up into the hills on what would be a great motorcycle rode to the village of El Castell de Guadalest, which was where one the site of one of the last captured castles in the reconquest of Spain.

    “After the disappearance of the Caliphate at the beginning of the 11 th century, the Muslim Hispanic faced a fragmentation into small independent kingdoms. There are remains of the palaces or citadels (Arabian al-qasaba or fortified citadel), belonging to the monarchs. The building of the Castle of saint Joseph was started in the 11 th century. During the 13 th century and especially in its second third the Christian kingdoms started to conquer the Muslim territory. The area of Alicante was turned into the crossroads of the Reconquest since the neighboring rival kingdoms of Valencia and Murcia both wanted the lands for their crowns of Aragon and Castlie. In 1644 a large boulder was torn off the castle in an earthquake. In 1708 during the Spanish war of Succession a mine explosion destroyed the western aisle. In 1848 the walls surrounding the castle were knocked down. “

    [​IMG]IMG_5717 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Spain-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then continued up to the small village of Benimantell to the popular Venta de Montagne restaurant to enjoy a local specialty of “aroz al Horno” or baked rice. It is sort of a rendition of paella.


    [​IMG]IMG_5715 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_5713 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Then it was back to the city for a tour of the old barrios of Alicante and a Mojito at Ania’s favourite dive bar. Parking in this city is insane!



    [​IMG]Spain-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Spain-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Please have some tortilla de Espanol and a cafe con leche for me.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Si mui rico!!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we need to book it north as we need to be in Milan in 6 days time to meet the King and Queen of Sweden!! We took a slightly less direct, but more scenic route to Ainsa near the french border after 657 km. The first bit is a back track towards Madrid, but we started north at Almansa.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 21.21.45 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The route from here is on secondary road.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 17.24.43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There are several sections of narrow winding mountain crossings and several long tunnels. It varied from 9 to 22 degrees Celsius. The road is highway from South of Zargosa until Huesca. The last 90 km is on a very narrow winding road along a river to the small town on Ainsa which sits between two rivers. So the Dos Rios hotel it is!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road comes to a tunnel on the Spain side that says Francia 1 km, the tunnel is one way when there are campers and trucks, and the tunnel is open 24 hours. That all sounds good. We managed to time it perfectly for going in our direction. It was 6 degrees in the tunnel, but only 1 degree when we came out on the cold cloudy French side. The road was a bit damp and thus scary at that temperature. As well there was snow at the side of the road and we were essentially in the clouds.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Visibility improved enough to see that a huge transport truck was bearing down on us even on the tight switchbacks. He was driving the thing like a Ferrari and once we were down the pass we let him by us. Nice guy though as he gave us the big wave when we ran into him at a round about an hour later. His “faster route” was not I guess. There was a certain lack of petrol stations on our route and we arrived to the hotel with 7 km left.

    After a quick change we were off to see the ancient Cite of Carcassonne. This is a walled medieval town on a hilltop. There streets are cobbled and lined with shops selling postcards, lavender, and other typical French items. We had a lunch of Duck cassoulet and crepes.

    “Hilltop Carcassonne, in southern France’s Languedoc region, is a medieval citadel famous for its 53 watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls of the upper town, Le Cité, were built in Gallo-Roman times; major additions were made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century fortress within Le Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts.”


    [​IMG]Carcasonne-3 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Walking on the bridge “in the blue hour” Dan got some great shots of the city at night. There was a guy on a donor cycle riding over the bridge at over 200 km with no lights and in shorts and a T shirt. We knew he was not going to last long. On his was back he was going faster and on one wheel when he screamed past us and then BOOM. He hit the back of a car who of course did not see him coming and he was sent flying! What a noise.

    [​IMG]Carcasonne-12 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today is is sunny again but only 10 degrees. We had to put the gas for the stove in the 800 to make it the 2 km to the gas station! We had 287 km and 3.5 hours to go on the small roads to Avignon.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 17.45.53 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    The first section was nice thru some small villages, but the last 2/3 was very windy along the water and a lot of time on the highway.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 17.24.43 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to the camping Pont de Avignon we made a quick change again and grabbed the free ferry across the Rhone to the city.

    [​IMG]Avignon-3 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    This is again a huge walled medieval town and was the seat of the Papacy at the Palais de Pape. We climbed the long stairs to the palace gardens and then toured the church and the palace itself. It was fun to go out on the Pont de Avignon as all my Canadian friends will have learned the nursery rhyme in school. “Sur la Pont D’Avignon…” We finished the evening with steak and frits sitting on the main square.


    “Avignon, a city in southeastern France’s Provence region, is set on the Rhône River. From 1309 to 1377, it was the seat of the Catholic popes, and remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791. Its center, surrounded by medieval stone ramparts, contains the massive Palais des Papes and remains of the Saint-Bénezet bridge, also known as Pont d’Avignon.”

    [​IMG]Avignon by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a 275 km drive east to get to Vence near Nice.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 17.46.19 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We were up and out early again this morning and had a nice view of the city and the bridge on the way out of town.

    [​IMG]FILE0092 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There is a custom here foreign to North Americans where in traffic the cars will pull over into the shoulder to let you pass on a motorbike there is oncoming traffic! V


    [​IMG]FILE0095 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had another nice day with curvy small roads and nice warm weather at 22 degrees.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The middle of the day was a spectacular ride thru the Gorge de Verdon (25 km long and 700 meters deep). There is a panoramic view of the gorge from the road and the river and lake below.


    [​IMG]FILE0187 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    [​IMG]On Route Vence by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]On Route Vence-2 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There are a number of stone tunnel bored thru the rock and in a number of spot the cliff overhangs the entire road. The large trucks slowed to a crawl to make it thru.

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