After keeping the bike in Germany for a couple of months and having enjoyed my first steps thoroughly, September has arrived and with it the horrible cold that comes upon this part of the world every year. I ended up so hooked with the riding experience that the prospect of spending the next seven months without my bike is just unpleasant, so I have decided to migrate south, far away from the freezing cold, and I can think of no better place than Spain.
Even though I have been to Madrid countless times and a couple of visits to Andalusia, It’s embarrassing to admit that I just do not know any other part of Spain. This is a complete shame, as Spain is the mother and origin of my roots, language and customs.
At first my intention was to leave the bike based in Malaga, on the Costa del Sol, but I have decided to visit as much of the country as posible, leaving the bike in cities that have easy access from Madrid or Barcelona, as I doubt I will have the chance to go ride for more than a couple of days at a time.
The Master Plan is to enter Spain’s eastern province of Catalonia from France, and from Barcelona head south escaping the winter, to take advantage of the summer months in the north of the country: The provinces of Galicia, Asturias and the Basque Country, to cross Navarra into the Pyrenees and from there continue down to La Rioja, Aragon, and back to Catalonia. This is just a sketch and I am sure that I will have to adapt to many a situation, such as the ease (or not) of travel, access to cities, and of course it will all be dictated by the need to leave the bike safe and in good hands.
In the following pages, I will write the ride reports of the different stages of this trip, which will be my first long one. Surely, there will be many lessons to be learned.