Sunday, November 29, 2015 | Ted Goslinga / Angela | Europe
The last day is coming up with more curves through Andalusia's countryside. Some of the places seem to be so lonesome that you think you'll never get out of there - and it's so fantastic that you actually want it to be never ending
There could not be any better place to spend a rest day than Ronda! Being the cradle of the bullfighting as is still perfomed today, there is much to be seen in this small Andalusian city.
We are in Andalusia - needless to say that there is also plenty of great riding around Ronda, too
About today's highlight it didn't seem to be any unclarity between tour members - everybody wanted to see the famous rock of Gibraltar and the famous berber monkeys which call the rock their home.
A little extra was the cave of stalactites you come along on the way up.
On day three of our Andalusia Tour the roads took us from Antequera to Arcos de la Frontera. The morning ride to the rocks of El Torcal was "a bit" misty to no view at all. That is why we can't show you pictures of the famous "pancake rocks"
But already soon after the skies cleared up again a bit and for the rest of the day we rode around the rain as good as we could ...
Although it was hard for some to get up early (!) , everybody was ready at 8 o clock in the morning to start with a little walk to the busstop where the mini busses drove us up through the sometimes very narrow streets to the main highlight of the day: the visit to the Alhambra. Because this is a holiday weekend in Spain, it was even more busy than normal. Long queues already for the ticket booths, but for us it was an easy one: our famous Spanish guide Carlos was there already with our tickets and so we could pass the long, long lines to start our visit to this very famous and most visited place in Spain.
After visiting the palaces and the beautiful gardens we took again the smooth ride down to the hotel and after a quick lunch we drove the bikes up to the Sierra Nevada. Unfortunate the weather gods were not cooperating very much today, so the view on the top was pretty much covered in mist, but a little lower from the top it was clear enough to enjoy beautiful views. Rdiding around Grenada we followed our way in western direction through the olive yards to Antequera.
In the evening we could enjoy a little flavour of Spanish music and dancing in the basement bar of the hotel, OLÉ !!
In the early morning (even still dark!) the first earlybirds were already saddle up their horses for the first riding day. The beautiful stretch of today took us through the Malaga mountains where we soon had our first coffee and photstops. Followed by the track back down to the seashore. Along the seashore, accompanied by great riding weather, we had a relaxed lunch at the great lunchstop in Nerja. Almost paradise!
Everybody was very much enjoying this day and tired but full of the first impressions of the good life and surroundings of Andalusia, it was time for a cold beer and good stories and of course: a great diner in our hotel.
Tomorrow morning again early-birding: going straightaway to the first highlight of tomorrow: the Alhambra
Last week it was a very busy one at the garage of Edelweiss in Mieming, Austria to get all the bikes transported down to Malaga, Spain. Diffferent tours are starting in the same period so it is quite busy at the parking lot of our starting hotel in Malaga. Today tourguides Angela and Ted are preparing the bikes for the wonderful Andalusia Tour which takes of tomorrow. The participants of this tour already slowly arriving one by one so let clean up and get ready to ride
At around 5 pm the handover was done, weather is great, and after the welcome briefing we had an tremendous nice buffet with the group. A great mix of people coming from everywhere with already a lot of good stories: Australians, Germans, Oekranian, New Zealanders and even a Dutchie (although living in Canada for a long time.!)
That promisses a lot of fun for upcoming week!