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I'm off

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Dave Davenport, 28 Jul 2007.

  1. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Me & mrs d are off to Spain today, via the ferry to Bilbao for our first touring adventure. See you in a couple of weeks.:thumbsup::thumbsup:
  2. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Wonderful! Have fun and tell us all about it when you return.
  3. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    Have a great time and don't forget to post a few pics of your travels when you get back :thumbsup:
  4. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    South of The Peaks
    ... and happy anniversary too!

  5. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    I'm Back!

    Traffic free perfectly surfaced roads winding through lovely countryside.
    White van man, tooting, waving and encouraging you up the climbs.
    Lots of Sun (would be churlish to say too hot at times but we were suffering on a 1100m climb when it was 38c).
    Four glasses of wine for two euros.
    Lots of friendly cyclists, especially the two who stopped and led us off the main road and into the centre of Bilbao when were heading for a four lane highway.
    Best breakfasts ever, with wine!
    Fantastic room in a four star hotel, three course dinner (with wine) and breakfast for 116 euros.
    The view over the Riocha valley after 2 hours of climbing.
    Did I mention the wine?

    Not so good:
    68 hours on the Pride of Bilbao (are we there yet?)
    Getting cut up by a women talking on her mobile whilst negotiating the roundabout 100 yards from the ferryport when we got back, welcome home!
  6. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    well done!
    off this island the cycling is soooooo good!
    Why not try southern Italy next?
  7. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Planning on a short trip to Normandy in October and thinking about Italy next spring as it happens.
  8. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    that sounds excellent...you'll enjoy Normandy I'm sure.
  9. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    If you like beer as well as wine, I can recommend the Belgian Ardennes... maybe basing yourself in Bouillon, a lovely place. We'll certainly be returning there sometime.
  10. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    I do fancy doing a Belgium beer safari some time, being rather fond of the odd trappist ale.
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    The joys of biking, glad you enjoyed it Dave.......................now there are no prizes for guessing what I'm thinking about doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    Bouillon has a shop, La Marche de Nathalie, which sells 300 Belgian beers :sad:

    And Orval is half a day's bike ride away, if you take the scenic route!

    Having a beer? ;)
  13. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Some photos from Spain

    Missing the sun!
  14. I like that picture of you in the bikini Dave - the cycling really has worked wonders! :ohmy: