Ronda Ronda #6

Another way of travel. The hotel in Gap was packed with a Harley riding group from the Netherlands. Fine guys and gals, always riding in a convoy, on a loop to the Cote d'Azur. Suspiciously clean bikes...

Another way of travel. The hotel in Gap was packed with a Harley riding group from the Netherlands. Fine guys and gals, always riding in a convoy, on a loop to the Cote d’Azur. Suspiciously clean bikes…

Well, I’m back home, time for conclusions.
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Ronda Ronda #5 (saved on Ascension Day)

That's a problem right there.

That’s a problem right there.

Come gather ’round people
To France I did roam
I’ll admit that the tyre
I was using was worn
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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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