Ronda Ronda #4 (with smurfs)

A deep ravine near Ronda

A deep ravine near Ronda

Bit of a cliffhanger at the end of last post, so let me tell you:
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Ronda Ronda #3

A Picos de Europa peak

A Picos de Europa peak

It’s been a few days since I posted from my motorcycle tour in Spain, and they have been eventful days, so here goes:
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Ronda, Ronda #2

Pano shot of the Col du Serre and, at the right, the rise to the Col du Pas de Peyrol

Pano shot of the Col du Serre and, at the right, the rise to the Col du Pas de Peyrol

The first three days of my tour have been, beautiful, at times exhausting and there was a lot to experience and learn. So, here are a few photos and comments:
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Ronda Ronda #1

I’m preparing for a two week ride to Spain and back and will be leaving on Friday, in two days. This was the shakedown phase:

Last Friday, I still had to decide which motorcycle to take on the tour. Decision made easy by a flat rear tyre on the Ducati. It's in the shop now and my next car is definitely going to be a van. Hiring one was almost as expensive as getting it towed.

Last Friday, I still had to decide which motorcycle to take on the tour. Decision made easy by a flat rear tyre on the Ducati. It’s in the shop now and my next car is definitely going to be a van. Hiring one was almost as expensive as getting it towed.

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Further On Up The Road

Robert M. Pirsig and son Chris on a bike ride. I wonder, who took this photo?

Robert M. Pirsig and son Chris on a bike ride. I wonder, who took this photo?

Author Robert M. Pirsig died last week, aged 88. I want to remember him by questioning his seminal work “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” and what it meant for me and my life.
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Blackbox

On the left: the original BMW aluminum hard cases for the R 1200 GS, made by Touratech. On the right: Touratech’s aftermarket hard cases for the R 1200 GS, the “Zega Pro 2 And-black” Version. There are some differences, obviously.
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Bike of Retirement

My Sunday was spent like this:
The track's incomplete, I did get home.

The track’s incomplete, I did get home.

The stop in Erfurt was at a Harley-Davidson dealer. Season opener and the german branch of H.-D. was present with a truck full of  test drive bikes. Not many interested and those who were complained about the cold, blustery weather. Some tough rockers…
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