Author Archives: Chris Desmond

Italy, Milan, Alfa Romeo Museum, 19 – 22 June 2022

From Logroño I rode to La Jonquera an overnight stop near the freeway. 612kms in 6:05 hours with 3 fuel stops, 4 lanes all the way with very little traffic and only one toll stop €16.45. Spain is eliminating Tolls … Continue reading

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Spain, Logroño, 16 – 18 June 2021

Pamplona to Logroño – a short ride 104kms in 1:10hrs. Logroño is the capital of La Rioja a major wine producing region in Spain and Rioja wine has been accredited with “denominación de origen calificada” . It is also famous … Continue reading

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Spain, Pamplona, 13 – 15 June 2022

Bayonne to Pamplona over the Western end of the Pyrenees. Maximum altitude 718m compared to 1,818m when I crossed over from Toulouse into Spain. Once I got past the villages in the foothills good ride through the mountains in fine … Continue reading

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France, Bayonne and Biarritz, 10 – 12 June 2022

Bilbao in Spain to Bayonne in France both in Basque country. Short ride 2:05hrs and 159kms with 6 Toll stops and €24.77 in tolls, a real nuisance. At one stop the system did not detect my bike and did not … Continue reading

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Spain, Bilbao, 07 – 09 June 2022

The ride from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao was fun, through the mountains all the way, there was only a short stretch of toll road at the beginning which I avoided by going down a back road. The back roads … Continue reading

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Spain, Santiago de Compostela, 05 – 06 June 2022

Porto to Santiago de Compostela short ride all on the freeway 4 toll stops €22.35 for 233kms in 2:22hrs. A bus ticket for the same journey only costs €20 and you don’t have to pay for your own fuel hahaha. … Continue reading

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Portugal, Cabo da Roca and Porto, 01 – 04 June 2022

Merida to Cabo da Roca started out as a fine day but when I crossed the border into Portugal it started to rain. This time I made the wise decision to take the freeway and pay the hefty tolls (€20.35 … Continue reading

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Spain, Merida, 29 – 31 May 2022

Sevilla to Merida an uneventful ride on the freeway in cool weather, 187kms in 2:05hrs. Once you get to the first Attraction you can buy a ticket for 16 Euro that will get you into a total of 8 places … Continue reading

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Spain, Sevilla, 25 – 29 May 2021

Terre to Sevilla, a cold ride until I reached Puertollano and then a classic motorcycling road the N420 winding through the mountains and a couple of National Parks upto Montoro, 742kms in 7:56hrs, my rear end still need conditioning hahaha. … Continue reading

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Spain, Terre, 24 May 2021

Toulouse to Terre in Spain should have been a great ride over the Pyrenees but it rained and it was miserable and nerve wracking through the mountains and of course there were many tunnels, 484kms in 7:10hrs.

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