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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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    Jeff Thanks so much! We are just prepping to get to Morocco this week.


    Sara
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This eventually took us to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which is free on Monday afternoons. This 1600 work collection was once the private holding of Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kaszon!! He began this in the 1920 and he profited from the American depression when US millionaires had to sell many great works by the likes of Rembrandt, Homer, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh.


    [​IMG]Madrid 56 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Madrid 57 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we wandered down to the Mercado of Saint Miguel and the nearby Basilica of the same name. On your way here are many shops where you can stand at the counter with the locals and can get a meat sandwich and a glass of beer for 2 Euros.

    [​IMG]Madrid 95 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/world_wide_ride/16608896590" title="Madrid 94 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7621/16608896590_6aeec74f6e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Madrid 94"></a>

    [​IMG]Madrid 96 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We finished the day off with a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Royal of La Almudena. It was built in 1879 on the site of a mosque that was ruined in 1083 when Madrid was reconqured by Alfonso VI.



    [​IMG]Madrid 105 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Paint and stained glass windows brightly color the interior. Many of the windows have a very modern look.


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    The church is also situated near the Royal Palace, which today was closed for an official event.

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  6. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    I appreciate your efforts on this RR. All the best going forward.

    YK
  7. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Thank you for the South America points. It is really nice to know as we are currently planning ours. :thumb
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    YK!

    Hey thanks!!! We are glad you like it. S & D
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Michnus

    If you want any further details or contacts please PM me or email us at daniel@worldwideride.ca or sara@worldwideride.ca. Good luck and have fun.

    S&D
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today is the big day we pick up the bikes from the cargo terminal. We took a taxi out to drop our luggage at our Motostays host Modesto’s apartment and then continued onto the terminal nearby. The Swissport company had sent us a notification by email that the bikes where ready and where we needed to go to present our waybill. You go into the main entrance and present the bill. From here you go upstairs to pay the 40 Euros “for delivery of the paperwork”. From here you go back down stairs and get the paperwork stamped.


    [​IMG]Madrid 131 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then you walk 500 meters down the road to the huge blue customs building. Go in the plaza and enter the first set of doors on the right. Go to the desk ahead and ask for your temporary import permit. What is supposed to happen is they are to issue this for free. The problem here is the man who is running the show and who also does not speak English. Our Spanish Riding friends know him well and have had issues with him many times. He initially told us we needed to go across the road to the freight forwarding office to obtain a DUA, which is a bond for import. When we arrived there we were told by the official, who spoke English perfectly that since we are not Spanish citizens we require a TVIP and we do not need a DUA nor can he issue one to us. We returned to the Aduana to explain this. The dude there had not changed his mind and spent the next 90 min telling all the other workers not to stamp our paperwork. Finally another guy in a suit showed up and was chatting to our guy. He then came to us and asked us to follow him up to his office. He also spoke English well and explained that he would stamp our waybill so that we could get our bikes, but that we had to sign a declaration stating we were temporarily importing the bikes and this was for 6 months. Downstairs we hand wrote this and signed this. They took copies of this and our passport entry stamp. Basically this was to save face for the first dude who refused to just stamp our paperwork. The declaration is worthless; because once we leave Spain they will not know where we are in or out of the EU since there is no border control. We were happy after 2 ½ hours to get our official aduana stamp.


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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we walked back to Swissport and presented our papers to the first floor clerk. She than hand you a number, which you take to the loading bay. The guys there were great a rushed to get the bikes for us and even cleaned up all the mess. We put the mirrors and windscreens back on, reconnected the batteries, and put some air in the tires and we were off. It was great to come home to Modesto’s place where he was making us a traditional Spanish potato tortilla for dinner.


    [​IMG]Madrid 133 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we went by BMW Madrid, which is only 11 km away to organize some service work. Javier was awesome and said he could get the work done in the next 2 days. We need valve checks, new radiator fluid and spark plugs. We dropped off the 650 and headed downtown on the 800. We were very happy with the service we had here.


    [​IMG]DSC08678 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Modesto had also told us where to buy parts for a discount at Callejas. We got all the items on our list here including Daniel&#8217;s new Gelfer front disks. This is a big change after South America where it is unlikely you can get anything you want.


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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have met the famous Spanish motorcyclist Alicia Sornosa 4 times by chance on the trip so far. The first time was in Dawson City, then Haines Junction Yukon, Oaxaca Mexico, and finally in Santiago de Chile. She is from Madrid and happens to be home now and so we planned to meet downtown for lunch. We met up with her, her boyfriend Daniel (He is from Valencia and they met while riding in Ulan Battar!), and some other riding friends for a traditional Madrid lunch of Artichoke tart, fish, and cheesecake. YUM. Then we had a little tour of the city.


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    We planned to meet for dinner also and with Modesto and Jose from Portugal and we had an awesome seafood meal. Another small world coincidence is that Jose knows Jorge (who we met 2 weeks ago in Uruguay).

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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Their shop is stunning. They have fully computerized diagnostics. He can do anything that you need and can even machine any parts required.


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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After rebuilding the front shocks they also noticed the 650 had pretty damaged steering head bearings, so it was a trip back to BMW for the parts and back to DMX the next day. It is one of those things that get slowly worse so you don't notice it, but once the forks were off and on the bike it became so obvious there was a problem. Damien is an absolute perfectionist and he wants you to be completely happy with your new suspension no matter how long it takes.


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    They also treated us to lunch including 2 desserts for the guys.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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