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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by K44rll, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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    DAY 1

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    Day one the bikes were fueled up and we headed for the old smugglers route from Andorra and into Spain. This started a tarmac road from Pal then into a gravel track twisting backwards and forwards accross the mountains with fantastic views

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    While stopping for lunch at a remote village called Tor we were passed by the Dutch Suzuki V-Strom Adventure tour http://www.vstromadventure.nl/

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    After our lunch break we continued the smugglers route only to find the route blocked due to the road being concreted and not yet dried
    This had also stopped the V-Strom party, they stopped for a brief while and chatted to us about our journey on the Vanvan's and were very suprised at where we were taking them

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    The V-Strom's left first and we backtracked accross the smugglers route

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    DAY 2

    Day 2 we headed south from Andorra and into Spain

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    Heading south/east we rode up into The Natural park of the Sierra de Cadí-Moixeró and was amazed at the colours in the red sandstone

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    Next stop was at 1620m at the top of L'Alt Urgell, Coll de Josa and a welcome lunchbreak

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    No this isn't Ewan and Charlie on the LongwayRound it's Keith and John!

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    The clouds hanging over Massis del Pedraforca were a bad sign, as we refueled the heavens opened and absolutely tipped it down...so waterproofs it was then for a very wet ride back to Andorra!

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    DAY 3

    Costa Brava was today's destination, an early start had us arriving in Barcelona only to find it was the Harley Davidson's official European festival celebrating Harley-Davidson’s 105th anniversary.
    This coupled with the usual heavy Barcelona traffic made us decide to follow the north/east coast road instead

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    Setting the sat nav to avoid motorways and main roads we were able to hug the coastline which gave fantastic views with the deep blue sea and palm trees lining the coastline

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    Along the coastline and into Tossa de Mar we saw several Spanish Vanvan's with yellow appearing to be the most popular choice

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    The GI682 is a fantastic twisty road for any bike and was made even more interesting when we turned left and headed inland towards Sant Grau and also explored some of the dirt trails before leaving back for Andorra

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    DAY 4

    This was our last day so it was into the local Patisserie and an early breakfast was in order before we headed south through the border and then west accross the Coll del Canto

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    Coll del Canto is popular with cyclists, it is 26km long and rises to 1725m.........i think i will stick to motorbikes!

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    Heading north from Sort on the C13 we passed the Panta de la Torrassa dam which supplies the water for the whitewater rafting in that area

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    From Valencia d'Aneu we headed east on the C28 to the Port de le Bonaigua ski resort at 2072m along with some rather unusual obstructions on the roads

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    After lunch in Vielha we backtracked on the C28 and turned north towards Montgarri then into the Reserve Nacional along one of the 4x4 trails

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    A quick refuel of the bikes and us with coffee we headed onto the last trail of the day from Tirvia and found ourselves still in the woodland tracks after dark and thankfull of the Vanvan's decent headlight

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    Karl
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Nice slide show! Thanks for the link to your great pics :thumb
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  3. lowkee

    lowkee ctrl alt delete

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    What a great ride report and photos. Those Suzuki VanVans look similar to the yamaha TW200 with the fat tires. I notice the tanks are small. What kind of cruising distance so you get?
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  4. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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    Hi, thanks for the comments on my ride report

    As you say the Vanvan is Suzuki's version of the TW and is available in Europe as a 125cc and 200cc in Japan

    Tank holds 6.5litres and gives 100miles and around 25miles on reserve

    Cheers
    Karl
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