Spain Moto 2018 - Madrid for 4 days in the Heart of Spain

Day 16 - 19 in the heart of Spain and its capital that is said to be similar to Buenos Aires and I can see some of that, but it's of course much deeper in traditions, classic hangouts and sights to see standing for a lot more time.  Be sure to check out the "Other Stuff - WTF" photos at the end of the post!

On top of Madrid at "Nice to Meet You"

Andorra to Madrid (600 km, Biggest Day of Trip) 8ish am start.  First 100 km out of Andorra was just incredible on hwy C-14.  Mountains, Lakes, Towns and Sweeps C7-8R8T3V8-9!!!

Here we go!

Mountain cart track, nice.

riding the river

Early morning laying fog

Love the rock walls




























Canyon riding down from Andorra border.

Back in Catalan


Highway C26/13 to Lleida dropped out of the mountains and in to farming land. C5R8T4V6. Once the Lleida castle came in to sight about 40 km away I had to go in to town for a closer look.

Great 

Mountain valley

Another Catalan symbol



Yes man, tunnels

Couple bikers



Running along the water

Spectacular

phew, needed that stop



Lleida - Castillo de la Suda



Took a bit to get up here

No time for a tour inside

On to NII all the way to Zaragoza C5R6T6V6 lots of big Trucks slowing things.

Zoom in to see the Shepherd on the hill, Awesome

Big sky

Near Alfajarin

More big sky to Zaragoza







A2 to Madrid C4R9T4V6-7 Super fast road on the Motorbike, although some side winds.











Should have called AMA!



I arrived in Madrid late afternoon finishing a big, hot day of riding.  A couple of days staying and hanging out with my sister-in-law, Claire then a few days on my own once she left for a retreat.  Great tour guide, I think I saw everything, Thanks!  Well at least what could be seen in 2 days.  

Into Madrid

Oh shit, A bicycle race blocking off the city

My poor GPS got yelled at!

The Ghostrider in the Window



A Day Tour with Claire - Parque del Retiro, NH Hotel, Puerta del Sol (Animal Rights Protest), Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel and Palacio Real.



Hey Claire! Near Banco de Espana

Hontenares - A Classic

Wow, lots of white sneakers on the wall

Near Retiro Park

Retiro Park

Retiro Park

Horrible Churros - Disappointing!

What can you expect from this shack

And why do the birds hang around here?

More Retiro

A top NH hotel, free entry and a chilled atmosphere (not like the more famous roof top bar beside it)

Worth the 4 euros a drink

Animal rights protest...at Puerta del Sol





Outside Mercado de San Miguel

San Miguel Market

Boom!

Plaza Mejor

Palacio Real

Royal Palace

Gardens beside the Palace

The heat of the night


Freddy's Airbnb near the centre.  Perhaps not the best neighbourhood or apartment, but central.  No Fan...No A/C...but lots of space and desk area to write at.

Old office door, pulled
the big metal door down
every night too.


Super cool Post Cover Art

Serious line up at Carrefour

Great spot

Good parking

Tasty Indian a block from the Apartment



180 deg Roof Top views at "Nice to Meet You" bar.

Plaza Espana


Other Stuff - WTF!

How's he doing it?
  
Canadian Invasion
Yet the doughnuts are $2 CAD each!

Using your phone as a coaster?

Are these for anybody?