This sunny Sunday we were more than 120 bikes gathering at the bar Los Barriletes for registration.
Registration and time to admire bikes, one of my favourite activities passing time
The route was short today because it was followed by activities at the race track. We rode one of my favourite roads, between Colmenar Viejo and Guadalix de la Sierra and later I was introduced to some small but very scenic roads passing on the inside of El Molar towards San Augustin, the view was fantastic – all the way to Madrid and the four towers. No photos, sorry, it’s all exclusive to my memory
At the race track we had a barbecue, it was only meat but since I had my own bananas it wasn’t a problem. It was very interesting seeing the track and I was amazed noticing that scooters also join in on the track days. I don’t think that would happen in Sweden, we tend to see scooters as something else than motorcycles but maybe that will change also up north.
The scooters racing together with the race bikes
I have really enjoyed these rides – rutas, that I have taken part in. Very good work of the organisation Muevete por Madrid en Moto. If you’re in the Madrid area check out their website for info about the next activity!
Asociación Muévete por Madrid en Moto
At Jarama, unfortunately I could not stay until the end of the day when all bikers were invited to do an honorary lap.
1a Matinal Circuito del Jarama
The route - short but sweet
So now this summer’s biker event is planned. As presented before, I will spend 5 days riding up to Switzerland, visiting the H. R. Giger bar and arriving at the WIMA rally site hopefully in good time for a drink, setting up the tent and arriving to dinner. But, as often stated in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (a masterpiece among books, by Douglas Adams) and what I highly sympathise with, time is relative. I often get lost in time, especially when riding.
Trailer to the WIMA rally
After the rally I ride to La Grande Chaume and spend two nights there recovering. I found this place two years ago and keep going back.
La Grande Chaume B&B
After this I ride to the south of France for a stay in a castle-hostel outside Carcassonne before riding to Andorra. Hopefully, I will arrive early enough to have time for some shopping, I could do with new riding trousers. Then what remains of the tour is a couple of hours in the mountains and then going home.
Ver A very expected journey – the return home en un mapa más grande
No new countries this year and nothing spectacular, apart from sleeping 5 nights in a tent… which I am nervous about. I need to check out mattress and sleeping bag to see that I have good enough stuff. That will go on the to-do-list. All-in-all I spend 14 days with my bike, not much really. I don’t have time for any detours but have to keep to the direct route. I’m happy to be going, thought I wouldn’t manage this year. But my wise fiancé told me I had to go, he thinks that I will be miserable if I don’t. He is probably right.
Finally I have started plotting the route and planning my stays for the 2013 tour: A very expected journey.
The going north bit is now scheduled:
Visa A very expected journey på en större karta
I’m going to stay in some places I have never seen before, such as the village Solsona and the city Nimes. I’m going to ride the grand Alps again like 3 years before and once again stay in Chamonix which I think is an ace place. Before finally arriving at the rally, I’m planning to visit the HR Giger bar in Gruyères. Giger was the designer of the alien in the Alien movies and the bar looks just like that!
HR GIGER BAR