Out of the Cage - A Spring Ride across Europe 2021

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

  1. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    lots of pictures....sweet!

    me also....i like visiting places and eating what the locals eat . having friends makes it more enjoyable and memorable.

    the CRF300 got my attention too. the 250 Rally is good and i'm a happy owner (unfortunately it's in storage overseas). good chance by 2023, there will be more 300s available here in the states. and i if you decide to come to the US, look me up, i'm here in Southern CA (hope the timing is right).
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    The weather forecast for Galicia had improved since we escaped south a week earlier. It was time to head north, get back on track and explore the Green Corner of Spain.

    After a pleasant ride we arrived in Santiago de Compostela. We spend the afternoon and evening strolling around the beautiful old but for the most part eerily empty city.

    Impressive vineyard - we rode along the wall/chain for a couple of kilometers.
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    Beautiful scenery and nice riding.
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    The view from our room in Santiago de Compostela.
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    Santiago de Compostela.
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    A laundromat out of the ordinary.
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    I had never seen this sport before.
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    Guarda (P) - Santiago de Compostela (E): 384 km.
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    To be continued...
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  3. Don T

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    It seems like Honda have hit a home run with the 300 Rally.
    We will be roaming the US in 2023 for sure! We would love to meet up with you when we hit CA :beer
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    Thank you - and you are welcome :norton
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  5. DavidM1

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    "Xogadores" - Galician sounds interesting.
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    Galicia turned out to be as beautiful as expected. The hilly wooded interior of the region was lush and offered some nice riding. The coastline was dramatic with stunning views.

    In the afternoon we reached Torre de Hércules. We parked at the foot of the ramp leading to the tower and walked the last bit. When we got back to the bikes I checked the phone for a place to stay for the night.

    With a background in the army, some maritime experience and 30 years of motorcycle travels I’m good with maps/navigation and pride myself of having a good sense of direction. All of that was about to fail me miserably.
    I had lost my bearings. My phone, GPS and Katrine tried to help me. I refused to listen – I had a brief meltdown. I had never tried anything like that before.
    Eventually it dawned on me why I had misjudged our location: I mistakenly thought I knew where we were, and unwittingly I let every landmark confirm this instead of doing it the other way around as I should. I’ll never make that mistake again!

    In the end we booked a room at a small hotel on the edge of a tiny village a short ride from our location.

    At the hotel we were greeted by the owner – and friendly but also slightly confused elderly gentleman. Before dinner we had time for a jog through the surrounding countryside. It helped clear my head.


    The bikes had slept well in Santiago de Compostela.
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    There is a lot of eucalyptus trees in the Northwestern part of Spain.
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    Windmills along the Atlantic coast.
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    The Atlantic.
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    Faro Touriñan - the most western point of Spain.
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    It was a great lunch spot.
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    Tower of Hercules - the worlds oldest extant lighthouse.
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    We got a simple but nice room at the hotel in Carballo.
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    The bikes got their own little house at the premises.
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    We could see them from our room.
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    Katrine in front of the hotel - ready for a jog to clear the head.
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    She had flashbacks to our visit in Oz in 2019 and was on the lookout for crocs.

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    We were the only guests at the hotel and had the restaurant all to ourselves.
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    Best desert of the trip!
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    Santiago de Compostela (E) - Carballo (E): 266 km.
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    To be continued...
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  7. Don T

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    We awoke to the sound of rain against the window and decided to postpone our departure a bit and have a leisurely start to the day. By the time we were ready to hit the road, the rain had ceased and blue dominated the sky.

    Our route alternately followed the coast and meandered through the mountainous backcountry. It was another nice day of riding.
    We stay the night in A Fonsagrada – a small town in the Galician mountains.

    Breakfast.
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    The hotel had a small gym in the backyard (yes, it's a gym).
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    Blue sky. Ready to go.
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    Lunch break.
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    Dinner.
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    Is that enough food pictures for one day? :dukegirl

    Carballo (E) – A Fonsagrada (E): 298 km.
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    To be continued...
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    Stunning photography!!!!
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    Spain/Portugal now at the top of my Euro wish list. great photos!

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  10. Don T

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    Thank you.

    There was something special about the photography on this trip... I'll get back to that in the epilog.
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    Such a beautiful country. Loving it! Cheers!
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  12. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    I am very taken aback at the beauty of the place....it's magnificent. The Spanish architecture is lovely.

    Thanks, once again, Don T for taking us with you.
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    I've traveled all over Europe and nowhere else have I been more impressed by the architecture than in Spain.
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    Shortly after we left A Fonsagrada in the morning, we crossed into Asturias.
    The mission of the day was to ride the last bit of the track we had deviated from more than a week earlier due to heavy rain. Now we were blessed with perfect riding weather.

    We took advantage of the nice weather and revisited Picos de Europa. We approached from the north. Early in the afternoon we checked in at a hotel by The Casaño River with the Picos as a backdrop.
    The location was perfect. We went for a jog in the mountains.
    In the evening we strolled through the village and enjoy surprisingly sophisticated dinner at a local restaurant.

    Beautiful morning.
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    Typical graveyard in the mountains.
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    Can you recognize the bridge?
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    At our hotel in Arenas de Cabrales.

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    The view from our room.
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    Out for a jog. Our hotel is the one among the trees by the river.
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    At some point we saw what we thought was a trail on the mountainside above a road. We climbed up and found this.
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    We followed it for awhile.
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    Until we reach this point. No way around and we didn't feel like swimming. We back tracked and rerouted.
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    Fancy (but delicious) dinner in the evening.
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    A Fonsagrada (E) - Arenas de Cabrales (E): 299 km.
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    To be continued...

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    No, I can't.
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    snglfin this statement is untrue

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    i found this during lunch and just read through to get caught up… excellent photos and wonderful writing, thanks for sharing your trip!
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    It's the Roman bridge on the Sella River that we passed earlier on the trip.
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    Thank you.
    I'm glad that I could provide entertainment for your lunch break :-)
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    Aha. Sorry, I haven't been paying attention - too interested in all the good food.
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    i am enjoying this ride report very much. we can hardly wait to be able to return to europe, and in particular, spain. thank you for taking the time and effort to make this report.
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