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Christmas in Andalusia, Day 3

Not sure where I got too in yesterday’s write up…had some great food…black pudding, a specialty of the region apparently…followed by roast suckling lamb..very good indeed and of course a glass of Rioja…oh, been getting some stick via Twitter and FB about the state of my bike so had a little clean up operation, sacrificing a t shirt and a bottle of sparkling water..I figured sparking over still as this would help shift those stubborn stains 🙂

Anyway, think that’s all I forgot..back to today..800 kilometres to cover so up early, before the sun again..convinced I was in for another round of toll roads..after all if you have to get the distance in sometimes you have no choice but when selecting the avoid tolls route I was really surprised to find that it was nearly the same time and distance..result..so off I set..in the dark..but what a good move, the sunrise was awesome, couldn’t help but stop and take a couple of photos.. 

Sunrise 2


Sunrise 2
The temperature wasn’t too bad when I set off, but the closer I got to Madrid the colder it got, next thing I noticed was frost on the grass..a definite temperature drop..getting into Madrid at 10.30 it was 4 degrees according to the sign outside the chemist..quick refuel in the centre of Madrid, fuel is so cheap here..€1.10 seems to be about average, about £0.80 per litre ish !

Back on the road and heading out of Madrid the temperature started to rise..although I was still on main roads they were quite enjoyable, just enough to keep you entertained but obviously with the distance I had to do you don’t want anything to taxing..quick stop for a brew and knocked up some pasta, as I had the stove I just as well use it.. 

Lunch stop
The last 200 kilometres into Malaga were really nice roads weaving through the hills, excellent way to finish a good days ride, topped up with fuel before checking into the hotel..had to put the bike in a lift to take it down to the lower level car park..couldn’t help but give it a blip when I started up 🙂

Really nice hotel..forgot I booke such a good one..restaurant was busy so I opted to eat outside, bit of a novelty on Christmas Eve..must remember to book a table for tomorrow night.. 

Hotel Molina Lario

Off to Gibraltar tomorrow…


Christmas in Andalusia, Spain

Christmas road trip planned…Its going to b a little fresh I know but hopefully once I get to southern Spain things should warm up a little. Was planning to take the Portsmouth to Santander ferry but this takes so long I think it’ll be quicker to ride down via the Poole-Cherbouge ferry,  more fun too.

I’ll spend a couple of days in Malaga hopefully with a visit to Gibraltar  on Christmas day a before I join a guided bike tour with Hispania Tours around Andulusia for 8 days and then returning home via Barcelona.

The outward route looks to be just over 1300 miles

The return route is just over 1550 miles

The organised tour is about 850 miles, so with a trip to Gibraltar and getting lost once or twice it’ll be a trip length of just under 4,000 miles.

Obviously this is a trip on the Thunderbird, the bikes pretty much ready to go, I’ll put the screen on so that should keep the worst of the weather off, I may need a new rear tyre (no surprise there) it would probably have been ok but as I’m sure there will be rain at some point it makes sense to have some decent tread depth.

The riding kit needs to be adjusted a little, a set of textiles for sure with some decent waterproof liners and waterproof gloves, if such a thing exists.