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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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    The town is a maze of very narrow “streets” lines with whitewashed houses and buildings. Since the village is on a hillside there are many steep roads and also stairways crisscrossing it. To keep the tourists from getting lost there is a path marked out on a route thru the main plazas. From the town there are a number of “caminos” or pilgrim walks/hikes into the mountains.

    [​IMG]cazorla 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]cazorla 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cazorla 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Cazorla we are headed to the coast at Mojacar in 335 KM.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 8.26.14 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Instead of the direct route we took the scenic one and continued over the mountains and thru the Segura y Las Villas Natural. This is an often narrow and almost deserted mountainous road with two high passes.

    [​IMG]mojacar 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    There was one traffic light on the 1 lane road over the dam.

    [​IMG]mojacar 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The scenery was great and so was the road.

    [​IMG]mojacar 16 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




    [​IMG]mojacar 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    The temperature was dropping quickly despite the sunshine over the first pass, but there were patches of snow on the roadside.

    [​IMG]mojacar 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    By the time we made it to the second pass crossing the weather had changed for the colder and wetter. There was wet snow falling, but the road was clear. It was pretty chilly at 1 degree!

    [​IMG]mojacar 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We arrived in Mojacar after 300 km chilled and very hungry. Different groups since around 2000 BC have inhabited this place. This included Phoenician traders, Carthaginians, Greeks, and North African Islamic Moors. Ultimately the Christian Spanish won it in battle in 1488. It is perched on the hilltop in a strategic location and is a mass of narrow streets lined with white wash buildings.




    We had to do a bit of looking for an open restaurant. Luckily we found one and did not need to eat from these vending machines, which strangely were just along the side of the road. Also interesting was the sex shop machine there too.


    [​IMG]mojacar 18 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 21 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 22 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We kept going up the hill to the main square and finally found an open pizza place that was pretty good actually. There is a water fountain here that was mentioned in ancient Arab writings as the reason for locating the village here. It has been reformed a number of times, but for centuries has been the social and economic hub of the town.

    [​IMG]mojacar 25 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]mojacar 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]mojacar 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    These are the washing stones near the well and have been used for centuries.

    [​IMG]mojacar 33 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The weather has not improved and it is still raining. We set off along the coast and the road winds thru the Cabo de Gata-Nijar National Park for Granada in 301 km.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 8.24.38 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    The Cabo de Gata-Nijar is a wild and isolated coastal preserve, which is a volcanic area with sharp peaks that fall into the Mediterranean. From the Coast you head inland and then we made a detour to check out Las Negras. It is a hip and trendy spot usually, but was pretty deserted on this cold stormy day.


    [​IMG]granada 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We then made for the freeway to expedite the rest of the trip to Granada.


    [​IMG]granada 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    All along the sea here you see signs in Arabic for the Ports to get the ferries Africa. So exciting!!

    [​IMG]granada 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is for you Marcin!


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/world_wide_ride/16866001460" title="granada 25 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8796/16866001460_be39d711cc_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="granada 25"></a>
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There are a lot of tourists here, who are mostly here to see the Alhambra monument. This is a palace and fortress complex originally constructed in 889, it was renovated and rebuilt to its current form in the mid-11 th century by a Moorish Emir, and converted into a royal Palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada.

    [​IMG]granada 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 21 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    Walking up to the site you stroll thru the palace gardens.



    [​IMG]granada 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 29 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was allowed to fall into ruins in the 1500’s and restored in the 19 Th century. A fortified wall with 13 towers encloses the palace complex. The portion on the cliffside is the citadel or alcazaba.


    [​IMG]granada 22 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 24 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    This area is entered thru the “wine gate”.

    [​IMG]granada 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 33 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    From here you climb up onto the walls and ramparts for a panoramic view of the city and the fortress.


    [​IMG]granada 34 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    [​IMG]granada 38 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 39 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]granada 53 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




    [​IMG]granada 55 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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    From here you move into the hall of the ambassadors where the Emir would here petition from a seat on the top of the stairs. The façade was designed to be an imposing and intimidating show of power.


    [​IMG]granada 69 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]granada 70 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]granada 78 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    [​IMG]granada 77 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well its still raining in the always sunny south of Spain and so we headed directly southwest the 186 km to Marbella.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 6.10.10 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    We had been kindly offered a place to stay by Antonio and Natalia. We met Antonio at the BMW dealership in Madrid last week just before he left for a trip to Morocco. We arrived to there home and were served a gourmet lunch.

    [​IMG]IMG_0206 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_0209 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_0210 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr