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A day for resting – or just more riding

Today was a scheduled rest day … so we went for a ride. IMTBike had planned a ride just in case we wanted to go for a spin. However after a chat to one of the locals here who suggested another road covering a couple of other Tour de France ascents we combined the two…

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Climbing into the clouds

Like yesterday the Beilsa tunnel was going to be closed between 8:15am and 7pm so if we wanted to get back to France by the most direct route we had to be at the gates before 8:15. We got there at 8 and it was closed. That was really going to change our plans. However…

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Cruisin’ the Mediterranean in May

For some reason my prepaid SIM card didn’t like roaming so this is a fairly long post covering our whole cruise. From Barcelona we moved into our second phase of our trip, the Mediterranean cruise. Along the way we make a number of stops so that we can visit Naples, Pompeii, Rome, Pisa, Florence, Cannes,…

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Madrid – city of contrasts

Planes, trains and automobiles. We have now completed that trio with a fast train trip to Madrid. Such a fast smooth comfortable way to travel just watching the scenery slide fast you at a rate of around 250km/h.  Before I went on leave we were talking about the train and how it’s funny that we…

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Sevilla – just stunning

Sevilla (Seville) is only 100km from Jerez so it was only a short drive. The one thing I am not going to miss about driving here is getting lost on narrow cobbled streets and being directed down a series of streets that seem to just keep getting narrower with limited opportunities to stop to get…

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Jerez –¬†sherry, horses and bikes

After rescuing the car from the parking garage and loading our bags I couldn’t help but feel a bit nervous of getting lost on the cobbled streets of Granada and within a couple of hundred meters we were stopped by the Policia.  Not because we had done anything wrong only that there was a running…