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!
Andorra to Madrid (600 km, Biggest Day of Trip)
|On top of Madrid at "Nice to Meet You"|
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.
|Another Catalan symbol|
|Yes man, tunnels|
|Running along the water|
|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|
|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.
|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|
|Horrible Churros - Disappointing!|
|What can you expect from this shack|
|And why do the birds hang around here?|
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|
|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|
|Tasty Indian a block from the Apartment|
180 deg Roof Top views at "Nice to Meet You" bar.
Other Stuff - WTF!
|How's he doing it?|
Yet the doughnuts are $2 CAD each!
|Using your phone as a coaster?|
|Are these for anybody?|
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