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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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to Santa Teresa Gallura and the sun was shining.

    [​IMG]Sardinia-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We rode out to the near by Cabo Testa.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 22.27.10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Santa Teresa Gullara CC-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Sardinia-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sardinia-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sardinia-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we have planned some coastal and mountain riding for about 240 km to Alghero.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 18.38.35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 18.34.57 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The forecast today is 80 % rain until noon an then 20%. The weather is moving away from us and so we had a late start at 11 almost managed to avoid the rain. That said we had cloud and some drizzle for less than an hour.


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

    [​IMG]Alghero CC-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Alghero CC-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sardinia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then it was a small detour to the ghost town of Argentiera.

    “Located halfway between Stintino and Alghero is the abandoned coastal mining town of Argentiera, a ghost-like place standing on one of the wildest sections of Sardinia's coast.

    The silver mine at Argentiera dates back to the Roman era and was once the largest Sardinian producer of this precious metal. It was as recently as 1963 that the seams were finally exhausted and production at the mine ceased. Apart from fencing off some of the more unstable buildings nothing has really been touched since the closure. Shafts and workings, administration buildings, miner's quarters and chapel all stand in an empty, eerie silence like something from the old wild-west. “

    [​IMG]Alghero CC-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sardinia-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Sardinia-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  7. gspeed

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    You pics are just great! Keep up! Wonderful places ;)
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much for the comment! S&D
  9. Didi66

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    Great job Guys!
    Your picturre of Sardegna are amezing! It 'a beautiful island but perhaps not too well known
    I hope that you find the time for visit also the south/west part.
    You can find very very wild places there....
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here it was a short 30+ km to Alghero for a 2 day rest.


    [​IMG]Alghero CC-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We really needed a day off the bike mostly so I could get the suits to the coin laundry for a much needed wash. It was very windy here, but in the old city with the narrow streets it was quite pleasant. The old city wall and ramparts are breezy for sure.

    [​IMG]Alghero-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Alghero-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Alghero-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Alghero-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

    [​IMG]Alghero-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

    [​IMG]Alghero-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    We are making for the mountains again and crossing over to the east side of the island. We will go south about 2/3 of the way down since we have been told the riding further south is not very interesting. We are headed to Lanusei.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 09.16.59 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Riding south we headed first to Bosa along the coast road. It is nice, but not like the coast of Corsica.

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

    [​IMG]Lansuei-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lansuei-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    From here we rode cross country for a boring hour to get to the hill country. There were several small villages where you had to snake thru the streets to find the main road again. Thank goodness for the directional arrows for the one ways and the GPS!


    [​IMG]Lansuei-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We did find a small off road route, which takes you past one of the bronze age Nuraghe.

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

    [​IMG]Lansuei-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lansuei-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    “The nuraghe is the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found in Sardinia, developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 BCE. Today it has come to be the symbol of Sardinia and its distinctive culture, the Nuragic civilization. More than 7000 nuraghi have been found, though archeologists believe that originally there were not fewer than 10,000.”


    [​IMG]Lansuei-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lansuei-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here we were on the right track if the number of bikers we saw was an indication. it was vroom vroom in both directions. Once we got to Ghilarza the riding was much better. By the way finding your way points here can be a challenge since the Sardinian spelling is used on the GPS so you have to look that up for every town on wikipedia. Even then it may not help since Gairo is listed on line as Gàiru, but as G?iru on the GPS. We were up over the mountains with switch backs up and down several passes. There was almost no traffic if not for the bikers.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 09.17.23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Lansuei-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lansuei-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lansuei-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    We arrived to Lanusei (Lanusèi), which is a town on the cliffside and the approach is up some very steep streets, but we had an amazing view to the coast. Walking into town was a lot easier then the km walk back up the stairs and hills. I was a good way to walk of the pizza we had for dinner.

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

    We had only about 100 km to go today to the small beach town of Cala Ganone, but we managed to make it more interesting by going “the direct route”.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 15.37.42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 15.36.34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    First we back tracked a bit up the mountain and then did a cross country route. The one section started at the back of a small steep town with twisty cobbled streets. Initially it was paved, but rapidly the road quality deteriorated.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 15.37.04 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Cala Ganon-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Cala Ganon-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Cala Ganon-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Cala Ganon-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    The entrance to the beach on the other side of the mountain is thru the mountain via a tunnel and then a switch back road down to the coast. This is a nice small beach town with a smooth rock beach and still chilly water. There are a number of excursions out of here to even nicer deserted beaches, but we just chilled in the sunshine for the rest of the day.

    [​IMG]Cala Ganon-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Cala Ganon-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Cala Ganone is in shooting distance to the ferry at Olbia in 110 km and 1hr 40 min away.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 16.57.25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    The ferry leaves every day at 12 30 for the 7 hour crossing to Civitivecchia.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 16.54.02 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We followed the signs to the Porto Touristica and then to Imbarchi! Here we checked in with the police who asked for our tickets and passports.

    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    You are then directed to the pre boarding parking where we found only a few cars and several transport trucks waiting.

    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]3 civitivecchia-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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