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Out of the Cage - A Spring Ride across Europe 2021

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Don T, May 30, 2021.

  1. Don T

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    My ankle hurt like hell in the morning. It was twice its normal size and I had dark bruises on both sides of my foot. Luckily it was my right ankle. After limping around in the morning it was good to get on the bike. The ankle could rest while I was riding.

    The Basque Country continued to impress us with its roads and scenery. The weather was warm, dry and pleasant.
    During the afternoon we left the Basque Country behind and entered Castile Y Leon – it was no less beautiful.

    We decided to stay at the hotel/bar/grocery shop/restaurant in a small village we passed through. The charming place was run by a nice old lady and her grown up son (she only referred to him as “El Nino”). It was where all the locals hung out which added to the atmosphere.

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    Another great day of riding.
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    Beautiful old bridge that was still in use.
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    The "new" bridge.
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    Adjusting the route as we go.
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    There is always something to see along the way.
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    The hotel reception in Cigüenza.
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    "El Nino" made room for our bikes behind his car in the garage.
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    Azkoitia (E) – Cigüenza (E): 307 km.
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    To be continued...
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  2. Martigo

    Martigo Kreisverkehrfahrer

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    Hej Tonny,
    great report which I like to follow - awaiting your next stories and pics.:clap
    It was a very good fun and a great to have Katrine and you with us that evening-morning-and the short ride.

    Fuel for the soul......especially after a long Winter and the Corona - Lockdown - Period it felt so good to have some ADV-Rider-Company.

    Best regards from the Sauerland

    Martin
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  3. malloy

    malloy Long timer Super Supporter

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    Thank you for taking us along, Tonny. Love traveling through Spain with you. :thumb :thumb
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  4. Don T

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    Thank you Martin.
    It was a pleasure to get to know you :-)
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  5. Don T

    Don T Roaming Viking

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    Thank you malloy.
    There is much more to come.
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  6. Don T

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    It was a beautiful morning and we hit the road early.

    All day we were surrounded by mountains while we alternately travelled through the regions Castile Y Leon and Cantabria. The riding was brilliant and the scenery breathtaking.

    We wanted to have a closer look at the medieval town Potes. For that reason we arrived there early in the afternoon, checked in at a very romantic B&B (at least that was Katrine’s evaluation) and set off on foot. We had a very pleasant afternoon and evening strolling around town. For dinner we had the best Mexican food ever.

    We had only been on the bikes for a few minutes in the morning, when we crested a mountain pass and was met by this magical view.
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    It was great riding all day.
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    The romantic B&B on the outskirts of Potes.
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    First thing we did in Potes was to grab a late lunch.
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    The view from our table.
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    Potes.
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    Ciguenza (E) - Potes (E): 301 km.
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    To be continued...
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  7. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Most excellent trip so far! Really enjoying this "fresh" trip by you two. Nice to see "el nino" move his junky "911 CARRERA" out of the way for your bikes! :jack Thanks Tonny and Katrine Cheers!
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  8. Hollyr

    Hollyr Vesterislendingur Supporter

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    So good to see that you and Katrine can travel!! I love the pictures. Sorry about the ankle.
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  9. Don T

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    Picos de Europa has been on my list for a few years. Finally it was time to have a closer look. It didn’t disappoint! Breathtaking views and sublime riding on virtually empty roads.

    Our last stop before we left The Picos behind (for now) was Cangas de Onis. We bought cheese, chorizo and bread at the local market and enjoyed a simple lunch on a bench.

    In the afternoon as we traveled west through Asturias the weather changed. It got colder and the sky started to leak. We reached the small village Malleza and checked into a very cozy B&B. We had our own living room with a fire place and a bar. At dinner time it was raining and the owners of the B&B gave us a lift to a small taverna in the neighboring village. If we wanted them to take us back we should just give them a call. It stayed dry after dinner and we had a lovely walk back to the B&B.

    Picos de Europa.
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    Sunday Market in Cangas de Onis.
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    Lunch time.
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    Cozy B&B in Malleza. Because of lockdown we were the first guests in 5 month. The owners were very happy to see us.
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    Simple but filling dinner at the local Taverna.
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    The walk back to the B&B.
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    Potes (E) - Malleza (E): 269 km.
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    To be continued...
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    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado Supporter

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    Yo amo España.
    Really enjoying this- as someone said, it seems like it's been a long time since there was a RR from Europe.
    Living vicariously through your travels/lens/descriptions. :beer
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  11. Don T

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    Thank you :-)
    The newish Carrera S4 indicated that business was booming :jkam
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  12. Hollyr

    Hollyr Vesterislendingur Supporter

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    Beautiful pictures. I'm marking my map for the next time I'm in the area.
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  13. Don T

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    It's good to have you aboard Holly :-)
    I'll share a GPX file at the end of the RR with some waypoints and my take on a great route through the northwestern regions of Spain.

    PS. Now that you are reading along, I'm almost ashamed to have mentioned my sprained ankle... Now a month after it happened the ankle have improved significantly aided by some high-level treatment.
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    I'm glad that you are enjoying it so far :norton
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    Don T Roaming Viking

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    I hope you'll enjoy the ride Gustavo
    Soon I will touch on a topic you are familiar with...
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  16. Hollyr

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    Glad to hear your ankle is improving, Tonny. Spraining is so much better than what I did to mine! I'll look forward to those GPX files.
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    I'm in. Thanks so much for sharing long awaited photos from Spain and the EU again. Beautiful photos and country side. Can't wait to visit again.
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    Brilliant report! Thanks for letting us ride along with you...virtually! If all Spanish sunday markets are like the one in Cangas, I will have to plan to spend the whole day there....my g/f is a cheese extremist!
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    Thank you for sharing all these stunningly beautiful pics, I had no idea that that region of Spain was so magnificently beautiful. It's as if every vista has an ambience of its own.

    Thanks for taking us with!
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  20. Don T

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    The weather forecast promised heavy rain all day for the next couple of days in Galicia - the direction we intended to go. We decided for a change of plans. We continued west for a bit in the morning before heading inland towards the south-southeast to escape the rain and get in lee of the mountains.

    Along the way we stopped for lunch at a road side taverna recommended by our hostess the previous night. It was a great experience.

    We reentered Castile Y Leon and spend the night at a small but classy hotel in Corullón.

    Early morning - nice roads.
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    A pond in the mountains in middle of nowhere - my guest is that it's for watering livestock..?
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    Playa de Las Catedrales - our last stop along the coast before heading inland to escape bad weather.
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    Lunch break at Taberna de Montse.
    When we arrived and asked if we could have something to eat, we were served a cup of coffee and told to wait outside for 10 minuts. It turned out that there is 3 "servings" daily - at 1, 2 and 3 o'clock. You get the day's menu and everyone is served at the same time. After an hour they kick you out to make room for the next round of guests. Clearly it was a place aimed at locals not tourists.
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    They served a little snack while everyone was being seated.
    The chef was running a tight ship. When we placed our helmets on the table we received a stern look and was told that the table was for food only!
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    People were served either in the kitchen or in a small adjoining room.
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    Simple delicious 3 course lunch. At first I missed the 3 course part. After the main course I was about to get up - that earned me another stern look from the chef and I was told to sit down and wait for my dessert and coffee. It was an fantastic place with good cheap food.

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    When we arrived in Corullón Katrine decided to go for a jog. My ankle still wasn't up for running, so she had to go on her own. She managed to get lost. Out of nowhere came this little dog. It guided her back to the hotel and then continued on its way. Funny little experience.
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    Malleza (E) – Corullón (E): 317 km.
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    To be continued...
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