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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 07:39:38 pm

Title: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 07:39:38 pm
For the most part, the main crest of the Pyrenean mountain range, forms a divide between Spain and France.
(https://i.imgur.com/EA0UZe2.png)

I chose this region for its amazing variety.
From:
(https://i.imgur.com/dd1mHae.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5L0MI1r.jpg)
to:
(https://i.imgur.com/PKNvXT6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mu5tgCu.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Noneking on June 24, 2021, 07:42:06 pm
Uiteindelik!
Ek dog jy werk net aan die bike….

Sien uit na die res
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 07:43:06 pm
Now seeing as I live in the Netherlands, I had to trailer my bike down to the South of France, which is about 1300km.

My planned route:
(https://i.imgur.com/QE7ezau.jpg)
+- 1300km stretched over 5 days. We've done those distances on 450's over a weekend before, but I wanted to take some time to experience the scenery en cultures a bit.

My bike went through a bit of a transformation and this would be its first real test.
(https://i.imgur.com/J3ig0AU.jpg)

I fitted new-to-me cone valve forks, a couple days before departing on this trip, and had high hopes.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 07:57:16 pm
I left while still in lockdown, so I needed a PCR test certificate which is valid for 3 days.
At some point I will cross the border back into France, from Spain and that that stage, the certificate will be useless. I had no specific plan for this issue, except for finding a non-manned path through the mountains somewhere..

Non-essential travel in France is not allowed between 23:00 and 6:00
The travel restriction in France had me 'camping' out amongst the truckers on the border on Belgium/France.

First bad choice:
Choosing the more frugal Mercedes over my Touareg :bueller:

Trying to squeeze my almost 2m frame into the back of my Merc was a challenge but possible. Soos jy weet @Noneking , eks mos double jointed  :lol8:
(https://i.imgur.com/nJdrX7e.jpg)

Woke up at 5 and after a semi-hot coffee, I hit the road with great anticipation as I've never been in France before  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/SGnBqdB.jpg)

Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 08:13:08 pm
Catching a breather
(https://i.imgur.com/e2QcG3O.jpg)

Night 1:
(https://i.imgur.com/PIr5blM.png)

37DegC at 16:00 was an indiction that I might kak-off tomorrow
(https://i.imgur.com/sHNZNrp.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 08:17:05 pm
I arrived at the hotel at about 19:00 and headed into the nearest town for dinner and a beer.
(https://i.imgur.com/gUDLr9p.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4xpS49j.jpg)

Life is good  8)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 08:22:06 pm
Safe parking for the night  ;)
(https://i.imgur.com/VcuvD0f.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/S81gjXO.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 08:28:01 pm
Day 2:

Scoot seems ready but I was a bit concerned about how this back tire would hold up.
The TET track that I will be traveling has a couple waypoints of bike shops in Spain, so if needed, I could always pickup an 18' over there

(https://i.imgur.com/lLfphaf.jpg)

Gonna be a good day
(https://i.imgur.com/NXV5MaF.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 24, 2021, 08:31:09 pm
Heading into the mountains
(https://i.imgur.com/UuEqeEk.jpg)

..and it wasn't long until I hit the 1st dirt
(https://i.imgur.com/mzgPAnd.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Noneking on June 24, 2021, 08:40:38 pm
Stunning fotos sover!
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: mox on June 24, 2021, 08:42:48 pm
Sub, on bucket list. This and northern Italy
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 24, 2021, 09:09:11 pm
Voelvel, how would Noneking know that you are double-jointed?? :eek7: :eek7: :pot:

The Husky looks brilliant, almost too nice to ride in dirt on. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: stcomza on June 25, 2021, 07:05:45 am

Brilliant! What a lekker ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on June 25, 2021, 08:31:05 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 08:48:58 am
Day 1 is +-350Km, and I figured I can take it easy.

The path headed into the mountains and I just had to stop to take this picture.
(https://i.imgur.com/fhW4Jxi.jpg)

The French countryside is soo pretty!
Crossing the nive / errobi river  ;)
(https://i.imgur.com/TIXZ6L6.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Sheepman on June 25, 2021, 09:00:13 am
Following - lovely, scenic pics already  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:02:40 am
About 15km's into the ride, I hit the 1st single track.

This section was surprisingly hard! The track up there is severely eroded with rocks to avoid and sharp switch-backs.
I was happy to be on a 500 here and not my old 990

Took no photos of that part as I was already starting to battle the heat and had to maintain my momentum in the technical.

(https://i.imgur.com/BuIcI9J.jpg)

I was very happy to be rather remote already and the scenery was great. I would not say that I was impressed with the suspension though. I reckoned it's probably just the added weight of my baggage and a full tank of gas
(https://i.imgur.com/1DYhs7S.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Clockwork Orange on June 25, 2021, 09:15:33 am
Frikkin awesome :thumleft: Is your route part of the TET?
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:16:53 am
..making my way to the crest via some more single tracks

(https://i.imgur.com/Mc409oc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DDisXR9.jpg)

I came upon this awesome free camping spot! Imagine waking up with this scenery!
(https://i.imgur.com/0Egke4P.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oGHnrKH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/4X7exiu.jpg)

A grave with a view to die for, hahahah:
(https://i.imgur.com/60Km1nK.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:17:30 am
Frikkin awesome :thumleft: Is your route part of the TET?

Ye was epic.
Is TET, yes
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:30:05 am
Sadly I had to skip this killer camping spot and continue on my way

(https://i.imgur.com/zjUv1pt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iXfKi7E.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6E4ud3e.jpg)

One would think that Spain is on the other side of that fence  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/lY3Ajwr.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: dirtyXT on June 25, 2021, 09:33:20 am
fantastic! so nice to see other parts of the world.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:43:32 am
I eventually started to decent into a valley
(https://i.imgur.com/1iJwpD2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/97Pmpm6.jpg)

This narrow, tarred road seemed quite isolated so I decided to have lunch. It doesnt have much of a shoulder, but I should be fine..
(https://i.imgur.com/fsnl7II.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3JcoeKc.jpg)

Man, I just started to nom on my sardines when I heard Sarel van der Merwe approaching. I had just enough time flag the DHL guy down and prevent him from slamming into my parked bike.  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: sidetrack on June 25, 2021, 09:51:12 am
Bet he thought who parks in the middle of the road !  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:57:24 am
Crossing another river and it was get really hot!
(https://i.imgur.com/lw38e86.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0wuI8ea.jpg)

No idea what the temperature was, but I was kakking

Random little town with its customary church
(https://i.imgur.com/vE7PiuZ.jpg)

Looking at my track, I had quite a shock to see how little progress I had made!
My finger indicates tonights' camp spot  :dousing:
(https://i.imgur.com/4VBpw0m.jpg)

By this tine the heat was getting to me and upon spotting this river, I decided to cool down some
(https://i.imgur.com/CS0oCRc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/U8jrMu8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/o4ctMe2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/CTPb216.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:58:32 am
Bet he thought who parks in the middle of the road !  :biggrin:
Yip! I felt like an idiot.
..a hungry idiot
 ;D
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: punisher on June 25, 2021, 09:59:32 am
 O0
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 10:05:02 am
Feeling refreshed, I continued East.

(https://i.imgur.com/aRKrXYL.jpg)

..erm
(https://i.imgur.com/tU6yS1h.jpg)

Ending up in this, hidden by the tall grass ditch, was unplanned.
At first glance I thought that I might be in a bit of a pickle, but the light weight 500 was easily recovered  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 10:16:45 am
It was now later in the afternoon, and I was again feeling hungry and tired.
I found the quintessential French countryside restaurant.

Unfortunately they were already closed but more than happy to fill my bladder with water.
(https://i.imgur.com/mWWHV3D.jpg)

They were curious to hear where I'm from, and when informing that I'm South African, they suggested that I should join them for a late afternoon sandwich  :thumleft:

This was one tasty saamie
(https://i.imgur.com/d6LGA43.jpg) 
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 10:20:30 am
I was running waaay behind schedule at this stage and decided to hit the quickest road to the camp site.

This is where I was happy to have the tower + wider/taller seat + lowered foot pegs. Man I like this bike!
(https://i.imgur.com/9SLEZWT.jpg)

Expenses up until now:
At 21km/l: 28 euro for fuel
lunch: 5 euro
camp: 6 euro
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Black_Hawk on June 25, 2021, 10:25:54 am
This looks like a epic trip. Thanks for sharing it with us and keep those beautiful photo's coming  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 10:27:37 am
Day 3
I've now done adventure rides in 10 countries and this day had some of the best riding I have ever done  :ricky:

(https://i.imgur.com/bY8a10G.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: sidetrack on June 25, 2021, 10:52:14 am
Hierdie is goeies ek wag vir nog  :ricky:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on June 25, 2021, 11:15:19 am
Foggit voorvel, ek is net terug uit Kaokoland, met natuurlik die aanpas probleme soos ander mense, verkeer en en ens..... maar ek is reeds jaloers!  :drif:
Enjoy it there, it's an awesome part of the 'first' world  :thumleft:

Aangaande die Franse, jy begin praat in kliphard Afrikaans, Nederlands of Duits of watookal, maar NIE in Engels nie!
Natuurlik sal hulle dan nie die kloutjie by die oor bring nie, en eers dan is dit jou beurt om te se 'perhaps you speak English'?
Hulle sal dan opgelug lag en dit beaam, en dan is mens se convo verseker - saam met n aangename behandeling pleks van n stug stywe attitude!
Rede is die Franse haat die Engelse, WW2 to blame, en party keer weier hulle om dit te praat as mens in die taal begin, hulle dink dis eenvoudig arrogant.
My Frans is kaksleg so ek doen dit ook, en mens kom agter die lot IS baie vriendelik dan, en virseker behulpsaam  :thumleft:

Ek neem nou aan dis jou eerste keer in die gebeid, verskoon as jy al n ou hand daarso is.
Die Franse (en ook Spaanse) platteland is rerig vriendelik en party keer genuinely verbasend aangenaam en 'opreg', maar eers as jy begin om n geselsie aan te knoop.
In daai klein eating establishments doen dit, en dan vra vir 'local' dishes pleks van touristic grub - jy gaan jou vingers lek pel, of dalk sommer erens n lekker onderkome score  :thumleft:

Jy kan maar verder geniet daarso, doen my niks nie.....  :P
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: sidetrack on June 25, 2021, 11:35:17 am
Foggit voorvel, ek is net terug uit Kaokoland, met natuurlik die aanpas probleme soos ander mense, verkeer en en ens..... maar ek is reeds jaloers!  :drif:
Enjoy it there, it's an awesome part of the 'first' world  :thumleft:

Aangaande die Franse, jy begin praat in kliphard Afrikaans, Nederlands of Duits of watookal, maar NIE in Engels nie!
Natuurlik sal hulle dan nie die kloutjie by die oor bring nie, en eers dan is dit jou beurt om te se 'perhaps you speak English'?
Hulle sal dan opgelug lag en dit beaam, en dan is mens se convo verseker - saam met n aangename behandeling pleks van n stug stywe attitude!
Rede is die Franse haat die Engelse, WW2 to blame, en party keer weier hulle om dit te praat as mens in die taal begin, hulle dink dis eenvoudig arrogant.
My Frans is kaksleg so ek doen dit ook, en mens kom agter die lot IS baie vriendelik dan, en virseker behulpsaam  :thumleft:

Ek neem nou aan dis jou eerste keer in die gebeid, verskoon as jy al n ou hand daarso is.
Die Franse (en ook Spaanse) platteland is rerig vriendelik en party keer genuinely verbasend aangenaam en 'opreg', maar eers as jy begin om n geselsie aan te knoop.
In daai klein eating establishments doen dit, en dan vra vir 'local' dishes pleks van touristic grub - jy gaan jou vingers lek pel, of dalk sommer erens n lekker onderkome score  :thumleft:

Jy kan maar verder geniet daarso, doen my niks nie.....  :P
As n Afrikaanse out Engels praat sal hulle mos reeds snif in die neus kry  :lol8:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on June 25, 2021, 11:52:21 am
As n Afrikaanse out Engels praat sal hulle mos reeds snif in die neus kry

Nee, dit sal hulle eers doen as hy hulle sy voorvel wys!


 ;D
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Hingsding on June 25, 2021, 12:50:23 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Baches on June 25, 2021, 01:14:56 pm
Subscribed. Lyk na 'n lekker trip.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Amsterdam on June 25, 2021, 01:16:33 pm
Looks awesome.  Maybe there is hope and we can start thinking about adventuring beyond Ceres again.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: jaybiker on June 25, 2021, 05:32:45 pm
Hell, man, memories flooding back of my 1975 (? - I think) trip on my Bultaco. Ship from Southampton to San Sebastian, disembark up the ramp to read the instruction "Right On The Drive"  Eh?  ???. And on our way to explore the mountain range staying mostly on the Spanish side with a couple of brief crossings into France and a couple of days stay in Andorra. War being waged all around us between the Spanish military and the Basque 'terrorists'. Roads blocked off everywhere, but we blithely rode around the barriers and encountered squads of Soldiers who just looked, "Estupido Ingleses" and waved us on. Got stopped and lectured by cops on their Sanglas police bikes for riding through a mountain tunnel without lights. The glow worms on my Bultaco wouldn't have made any difference anyway, about as good as a luminous watch face. Wild camping just across the road from a huge apple orchard, when suddenly all hell broke loose in the night with what seemed to be the mother of all thunder storms. But no, there was a terrible drought, and there were clouds up above so they were firing rockets into the clouds to provoke a cloudburst. And it worked, big time! My camping gear was not of the best and we got drenched. Luckily the scorching sun next morning had everything dried out in an hour or so.

Oops, I can't go on hi-jacking someone else's thread especially since I've no pictures to post. But thanks for re kindling my memories.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: 2StrokeDan on June 25, 2021, 09:03:46 pm
Looks awesome.  Maybe there is hope and we can start thinking about adventuring beyond Ceres again.

Is there life beyond Ceres?? :eek7:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 09:48:46 pm
Hell, man, memories flooding back of my 1975 (? - I think) trip on my Bultaco. Ship from Southampton to San Sebastian, disembark up the ramp to read the instruction "Right On The Drive"  Eh?  ???. And on our way to explore the mountain range staying mostly on the Spanish side with a couple of brief crossings into France and a couple of days stay in Andorra. War being waged all around us between the Spanish military and the Basque 'terrorists'. Roads blocked off everywhere, but we blithely rode around the barriers and encountered squads of Soldiers who just looked, "Estupido Ingleses" and waved us on. Got stopped and lectured by cops on their Sanglas police bikes for riding through a mountain tunnel without lights. The glow worms on my Bultaco wouldn't have made any difference anyway, about as good as a luminous watch face. Wild camping just across the road from a huge apple orchard, when suddenly all hell broke loose in the night with what seemed to be the mother of all thunder storms. But no, there was a terrible drought, and there were clouds up above so they were firing rockets into the clouds to provoke a cloudburst. And it worked, big time! My camping gear was not of the best and we got drenched. Luckily the scorching sun next morning had everything dried out in an hour or so.

Oops, I can't go on hi-jacking someone else's thread especially since I've no pictures to post. But thanks for re kindling my memories.  :biggrin:

Sounds like a great adventure, thx for sharing
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 10:49:38 pm
I woke up to an empty stomach on Day3.
Also needed some coffee, but reckoned I need to get going as I do not want to run out of time again today.  :patch:

This will be a 260km day which will go right trough the Pyrenees  >:D
(https://i.imgur.com/YHgvpiy.jpg)

Leaving the camp site behind, I continued down the TET track
(https://i.imgur.com/1Z6el4o.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Pk59qYi.jpg)

...which immediately became technical. These rocks were super slippery, and I felt guilty having to sit on the seat and 'walking' my bike out  ::)
(https://i.imgur.com/nI4SqNY.jpg)
the path goes up there ^^

more
(https://i.imgur.com/l3zRryu.jpg)

Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 10:58:23 pm
after a while, things started to open up a bit
(https://i.imgur.com/Ny1xJpx.jpg)

and I could give it some stick
(https://i.imgur.com/uinOTKx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iD4BZGl.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 11:06:26 pm
I made my way down the mountain side

(https://i.imgur.com/Q2cMoVn.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sAfKegm.jpg)

..and came across this beautiful clearing:
(https://i.imgur.com/qKgWZgj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yu4bJbM.jpg)

Perfect place to have me a breakfast  8)
(https://i.imgur.com/YHGaKnO.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 11:16:49 pm
After that uncharacteristic style 'o meister breakfast, it was time to hit the forest trails of 'parc naturel regional des pyrenees ariegeoises'
Goolge that shit and weep at its beauty  :o

(https://i.imgur.com/RkqNgKu.jpg)

I spent the better part of the morning riding these trails:
(https://i.imgur.com/he9rwaD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yquHrty.jpg)

These folks had no issues rolling the logs out of the way for me. Of course the one requested that I pop a wheelie as payment  :ricky:
(https://i.imgur.com/3a2pZOm.jpg)


Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 11:21:33 pm
By noon, I was heading high up into the mountains, note the mist in this photo
(https://i.imgur.com/7GLddKr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AKhgiuR.jpg)

and suddenly the mist disapears
(https://i.imgur.com/Dc5P8ya.jpg)

and leaves me in awe
(https://i.imgur.com/YnTXnk9.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 11:24:07 pm
Checkout this abandoned for the summer, ski resort  :thumleft:
(https://i.imgur.com/wRlkjvz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nzrxSkg.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vGrgfES.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 11:28:15 pm
some more epic scenery moments followed as I made my way down the other side of the mountain again and also crossed the boarder into Spain
(https://i.imgur.com/xCyLIhe.jpg)

Would love to own one of those cabins
(https://i.imgur.com/ytfI66x.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 11:33:35 pm
Welcome to Spain!  O0 :thumleft:

(https://i.imgur.com/INVzrkD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/wXfbpkL.jpg)

I absolutely loved Spain.

1st mountain pass:
(https://i.imgur.com/WApA1ob.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SopJm6Z.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/85qPbsm.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 25, 2021, 11:36:45 pm
This was one of my favorite moments of the entire trip; seeing how this guy calls his free roaming cattle for some salty treats.
was a precious moment for me..

The picture does not remotely capture the gravitas of the surrounding mountains!
(https://i.imgur.com/EOhSwt5.jpg)

Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:01:19 am
Made my way into the 1st town which reminded me of a Welsh town I once visited by the name of Betws-y-Coed

(https://i.imgur.com/KllODyk.jpg)

I was tempted to stop for a couple beers but wisely decided to push on.
Making my way further South:
(https://i.imgur.com/UxgcYlU.jpg)

Magical little town, high up in the hills
(https://i.imgur.com/vioPf3n.jpg)

followed by some more stunning sceneries
(https://i.imgur.com/yPFSDJk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/IivlyTI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8z2XCBZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/89cDUdF.jpg)

Note the layer upon layer of mountains in the distance! Its insane:
(https://i.imgur.com/PFuPz4L.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QY9eQ9X.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Xv9aM2i.jpg)

I still had a lot of distance to cover but did not mind it one bit!
Such a privilege to be experiencing nature at this magnitude!
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:19:38 am
At this time of the year, the sun sets at about 22:30 which helps a lot during these long days of riding  :thumleft:


(https://i.imgur.com/6G27KG3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/37epl7W.jpg)

The track became very rocky at some stage and I slammed into one too many rocks, resulting in a pitch flat  :-\
(https://i.imgur.com/GMnCF7O.jpg)

Out with the tools!
(https://i.imgur.com/EvSsyIw.jpg)

It was a bit cold up here in the mountains, you might spot some snow around, and it makes for a rather kak spot to change a tube.
The conditions had me spend more time than usual on this chore but I finally got things 100% again
(https://i.imgur.com/94hdlHr.jpg)

Which had me celebrating my success in ultimate class: sardines and whiskey  :drif:
(https://i.imgur.com/3hd9ZhV.jpg)
..on the rocks
(https://i.imgur.com/j9TDsDK.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:26:02 am
Where I came from:
(https://i.imgur.com/1jA14Ed.jpg)

Heading thad'a way
(https://i.imgur.com/1Vy9Wz8.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LNIFWZU.jpg)

Finally reached the summit!
(https://i.imgur.com/eBRP6yU.jpg)

random snow patches
(https://i.imgur.com/WuDxjlP.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:33:11 am
I reckon it was about 19:00 now and I was happy to start my decent
(https://i.imgur.com/moLeb1c.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/w6mW4xY.jpg)

One of the locals.. admiring all that horsepower  O0
(https://i.imgur.com/SolsUy1.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Vmaulj2.jpg)

cattle blocking the road. As hul geweet het hoe honger ek was het hul gefokken move!
(https://i.imgur.com/nSDNT9o.jpg)

I was now hoping that the town down there in the distance is home to my hotel
(https://i.imgur.com/AN7aYJG.jpg)

Check it!
(https://i.imgur.com/aPztW6c.jpg)
Mooi!

Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:38:58 am
maaar toe nou nie!

(https://i.imgur.com/43IZ0qA.jpg)

I had to cover more distance and it was oh so pretty!
(https://i.imgur.com/EF3ete2.jpg)

Note my track, all along the side of the mountain  :drif:
(https://i.imgur.com/gCTTsyb.jpg)

It just carried on like that for miles
(https://i.imgur.com/XHEGJQb.jpg)

and miles
(https://i.imgur.com/klQxD7a.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:46:13 am
Forgot to mention that I saw shit loads of these:

Golden eagle and vultures of the Pyrenees
(https://i.imgur.com/es5wsgU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yU7J5tY.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:49:08 am
I was under time crunch now and replaced taking photos with hard riding.

I finally reached the hotel
Guess they were not gonna be too happy with me..
(https://i.imgur.com/APKoSGP.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:52:51 am
I was looking forward to grabbing hot chow and beers!
Also there was a lekker chick behind the bar..

Pity that the damn sardine oil of earlier leaked out into my clothes..  :bueller:
Picture gooing pickup lines while smelling of airfilter oil and sardines  :imaposer:

(https://i.imgur.com/yeQNjW9.jpg)

That concludes day 3
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on June 26, 2021, 01:58:08 am
Day 4 was another winner as the scenery change dramatically
(https://i.imgur.com/gxg3jZY.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: landieman on June 26, 2021, 07:09:15 am
Lekka man,riding along nicely


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Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Noneking on June 26, 2021, 10:44:17 pm
I left while still in lockdown, so I needed a PCR test certificate which is valid for 3 days.
At some point I will cross the border back into France, from Spain and that that stage, the certificate will be useless. I had no specific plan for this issue, except for finding a non-manned path through the mountains somewhere..

Non-essential travel in France is not allowed between 23:00 and 6:00
The travel restriction in France had me 'camping' out amongst the truckers on the border on Belgium/France.

First bad choice:
Choosing the more frugal Mercedes over my Touareg :bueller:

Trying to squeeze my almost 2m frame into the back of my Merc was a challenge but possible. Soos jy weet @Noneking , eks mos double jointed  :lol8:
(https://i.imgur.com/nJdrX7e.jpg)

Woke up at 5 and after a semi-hot coffee, I hit the road with great anticipation as I've never been in France before  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/SGnBqdB.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: 73 Peanut on June 27, 2021, 05:54:28 am
Beautiful scenery.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Welsh on June 27, 2021, 08:22:10 am
Very, very nice I know Betws-y-Coed well I grew up in that area.  8)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: IceCreamMan on June 27, 2021, 08:29:01 am
Beeeeyooooootaful.

Lekker, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on June 30, 2021, 10:08:06 am
Yo voorvel, mia.... all OK I hope?
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Clockwork Orange on June 30, 2021, 01:29:28 pm
Yo voorvel, mia.... all OK I hope?
 :thumleft:

Probably having too much fun....who can blame him :ricky:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: dirtyXT on June 30, 2021, 01:32:18 pm
no signal!  :patch:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on June 30, 2021, 04:24:41 pm
no signal!

Nooit, at his lodging(s) there IS signal - this is Europe remember?
Even the fridge there is connected, it actually orders what you need!
Hope all's well, the dude is riding alone after all, and not scared to go remote and/or difficult...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 01, 2021, 11:52:55 pm
Sal die naweek weer hier kom update

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Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on July 07, 2021, 12:33:49 pm
Ahem, watter naweek?  8)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 03:24:13 pm
Ahem, watter naweek?  8)

Haha! Ja was alweer op die bike en nie agter die laptop
(https://i.imgur.com/gtFyZTT.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 03:31:23 pm
Day 4

After yesterdays rain, I hoped for some clear skies again  :patch:

fokken luuks!!
(https://i.imgur.com/enaPEyW.jpg)

These bad boys were quite ripe already:
(https://i.imgur.com/QuoyUPg.jpg)

After breakfast, I was ready to hit the tracks again.
(https://i.imgur.com/JfLgsdG.jpg)
wdf, waars die eiers?!

(https://i.imgur.com/jzqWox4.jpg)

Paid about Eur45 for the nights' lodging

Current location:
(https://i.imgur.com/SsuJckz.png)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 03:56:35 pm
The days plan was to basically head West.

I was jamming a Mid-Soft MC360 rear and started to worry about how it might hold up..
(https://i.imgur.com/YpXnJfg.jpg)

The Reservoir of Barasona:
(https://i.imgur.com/Fvrb632.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/sDJgwFh.jpg)

There are huge catfish in these dams. I watched an episode of 'River Monsters' where the dude caught one of the beasts.
Apparently a species of catfish, indigenous to Germany (cold), made its way here (warm). The all year warm weather meant they feed more and grow to massive sizes.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 04:07:55 pm
I made my way to Las Bellostas through some great supermoto twisties

(https://i.imgur.com/qi9ZW7w.jpg)
..which did my knobbies no favours

Las Bellostas:
(https://i.imgur.com/txURRK5.jpg)

And headed North once again, into the mountains.
(https://i.imgur.com/xONJ2t2.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 04:16:38 pm
This section was a lot of fun
(https://i.imgur.com/QiqxlHF.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/HVbEMBx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zvn2vnH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/S2M6Dj5.jpg)

By this time, the rear shock was driving me mad! It was way too harsh everywhere and I decided to 'set' the sag.
(https://i.imgur.com/kiIlPXx.jpg)

I used a long stick, to measure the sag with the rear wheel on the ground and off.
By making a notch in the stick, I could guestimate the situation.

Instead of 30-35mm static sag, the sag was over 70mm  :o

Baboon-tuning the sag into spec with long nose pliers and a rock
(https://i.imgur.com/HlQqh7S.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 04:23:23 pm
following my pitstop, my riding experience got vastly improved and I had a jol!
(https://i.imgur.com/ePClyGm.jpg)

Making my way to the night's camp site, the scenery once again changed into something that resembles Colorado:
(https://i.imgur.com/gY8atKY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KZD2sCL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sPslWYK.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/sQR5Hhs.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 04:24:56 pm
Hard to believe that this measuring pole is used to indicate the depth of the snow in Winter months
(https://i.imgur.com/R7Ydyn5.jpg)

It was kak-hot
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 04:32:59 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/63wxXoJ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/W5fecU7.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BpXGdtr.jpg)

I paid about 6 bucks for this camp spot.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:01:31 pm
Woke up on day 5 and was looking forward to some great riding!
(https://i.imgur.com/HiIpaN3.jpg)

I decided to leave camp early and without breakfast I headed towards Belsue
(https://i.imgur.com/4LFTvuY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tUSTZnP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QU1k9MQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VM4dWSP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LGyxfCo.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:12:45 pm
Nice rocky track, crossing a random plateau
(https://i.imgur.com/ONUYl5P.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KwTid9v.png)

This track lead all the way to Peña Amán  :drif:
(https://i.imgur.com/6b9PzjX.png)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:14:21 pm
This was such a visual experience again  :thumleft:
(https://i.imgur.com/OuzWhhS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zi19bna.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XzpLTHX.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:16:55 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/3nWwYQH.jpg)

I stopped for a breather and noticed some really nice tracks in the surrounding hills.
Pity I was on a bit of a clock
(https://i.imgur.com/AS5y6My.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:18:43 pm
It was now 11:30 and I stopped for brunch and fuel in Huesca

Notice how blue the Repsol fuel is..
(https://i.imgur.com/YLOAyAn.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:28:39 pm
Aguero, West of Hueca:
(https://i.imgur.com/5bdjWrl.jpg)

The terrain started to change again as I continued my way Westward
(https://i.imgur.com/L0WKdjj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/oaSyem6.jpg)

This track continued on for quite some distance
(https://i.imgur.com/B5mooGs.jpg)

Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:37:00 pm
Heading to Luna
(https://i.imgur.com/0ZHOXke.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BSsJJwB.jpg)
Felt like I could encounter Maximus the Gladiator anytime soon. I loved the striking golden fields of weat :thumleft:

Luna in the distance
(https://i.imgur.com/20rsu4E.jpg)

Leaving Luna behind and heading to Ferasdues:
(https://i.imgur.com/64sOUUo.jpg)

Ek was nou al lankal gereed vir nog 'n bier maar hier gaan fokol aan nie mense. Dink die hitte maak dat almal siesta.
(https://i.imgur.com/Ny7RHvB.jpg)

Die tronk:
(https://i.imgur.com/Roo3gdc.jpg)

Die kerk langs die tronk  :imaposer:
(https://i.imgur.com/JQ5z37o.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:39:18 pm
Biota:
(https://i.imgur.com/ozRAqax.jpg)
 :ricky:
Gooi kole!
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:46:57 pm
Los Bañales; it was a Roman settlement in a galaxy far, far away.
(https://i.imgur.com/yBhmBvP.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rT07cwB.jpg)

Looks like it could have been part of an aqua duct
(https://i.imgur.com/nOS1lEj.png)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:50:29 pm
Ujue:
(https://i.imgur.com/rAcvtB4.jpg)

It was now getting later in the afternoon and I've covered a lot of ground. Getting tired but still loving the ride  :ricky:
(https://i.imgur.com/7kjT21C.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FrahqzC.jpg)

Tire still holding up ok
(https://i.imgur.com/M4acygt.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 05:57:36 pm
Happy to arrive at Casa Pedro
(https://i.imgur.com/xSj8W2H.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uy6Xxga.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9iChZ6A.jpg)

They grow their own produce and I had an awesome dinner.
Vars Aspersies met growwe sout en olyf olie  :drif:
(https://i.imgur.com/ODYn2hU.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: dirtyXT on July 08, 2021, 05:59:11 pm
Fantastic. Thanks for sharing. What's the beer like?
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 06:00:20 pm
GPS overheating??
(https://i.imgur.com/ylyH7Jo.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 06:15:08 pm
Fantastic. Thanks for sharing. What's the beer like?

Pretty much the same as you'd get in SA
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: dirtyXT on July 08, 2021, 06:18:33 pm
Any fences etc you need to navigate?
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 06:19:41 pm
No fences, only that one gate.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: dirtyXT on July 08, 2021, 06:25:41 pm
Anything off camera observations? Must be world's apart. Seems isolated, is it? Meeting other travellers?
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 06:47:20 pm
Saw 2 groups of riders; one bunch on what looked like CRF250L's and a bunch of KTM's with a couple T7's.

All heading in the opposite direction.

Most towns that I went through, were probably built in the 800's so they are mostly built on a hill, with some kind of fort/castle for protection, leaving open spaces between towns.

I rarely encountered any traffic or people on those minor roads.
I probably spoke to less then 10 people in those 5 days.

It was great!

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Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BLK on July 08, 2021, 06:55:15 pm
Stunningly beautiful.

Note:I see you had your slips slops on top of your baggage.Very important where ever you travel in the world.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: 73 Peanut on July 08, 2021, 07:12:46 pm
My wife loved the photos and asked where do you come from so I showed her your forum name .  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 08, 2021, 07:27:51 pm
:imaposer:

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Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on July 08, 2021, 07:44:50 pm
Haha! Ja was alweer op die bike en nie agter die laptop

Plea guilty djou honner, ma was lekker so...  ;)

Wragtig pragtig daarso, ek's rerig lus om my pel daarso biki onder druk te gaan sit om n ride bymekaar te gaan maak.
En, as ek so na die pryse kyk wat jy noem, heeltemaal bekostigbaar ook nog: bonus!
Geniet maar verder, ek loer beslis saam  :thumleft:

Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: M3X3Z3 on July 09, 2021, 09:20:33 am
Thanks for taking the time to post a lekker RR  :thumleft:.
Great pictures of such awesome scenery in that part of the world and you also had the perfect bike for the trip .
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: MildlyWild on July 09, 2021, 10:12:55 am
Dammit, daai is n ongelooflike trip!!! Dankie vir jou moeite met die RR en fotos - as mens nie self kan ry soos, wanneer en waar jy wil nie verhelder die reports darem die dag so effens.  Plus dit gee nog meer inspirasie.

Wat kos so n trip jou, van waar jy op die fiets klim en weer by die motor eindig? En waarvoor sal mens dit kan doen as jy die fency blyplekke vermy?  My gedagtes loop weer wyd  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: MildlyWild on July 09, 2021, 10:14:48 am
My wife loved the photos and asked where do you come from so I showed her your forum name .  :imaposer:

Thank goodness his forum name and profile pic does not match  :lol8:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on July 09, 2021, 10:37:05 am
Thank goodness his forum name and profile pic does not match

Aggenee man, moenie die ou idees gee nie, gaan edit your post asseblief?

 :lol8:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: ianb on July 10, 2021, 09:16:50 am
Thanks for sharing. Fantastic pictures and RR.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: mox on July 12, 2021, 12:12:01 pm
Saw 2 groups of riders; one bunch on what looked like CRF250L's and a bunch of KTM's with a couple T7's.

All heading in the opposite direction.

Most towns that I went through, were probably built in the 800's so they are mostly built on a hill, with some kind of fort/castle for protection, leaving open spaces between towns.

I rarely encountered any traffic or people on those minor roads.
I probably spoke to less then 10 people in those 5 days.

It was great!

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Now that I could do with on a regular basis  :thumleft:
Sound like it was a good trip for headspace
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on July 14, 2021, 12:05:50 pm
Hei voordinges,

dis al Woensdag nou.... waasires?  ::)
Moenie se jy's terug en werk, dit werk nie!
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Clockwork Orange on July 15, 2021, 06:23:18 pm
Awesome trip and pics :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 08:28:08 am
Hei voordinges,

dis al Woensdag nou.... waasires?  ::)
Moenie se jy's terug en werk, dit werk nie!

Ek was in die sin bin vir n paar weke  :lol8:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: chopperpilot on July 23, 2021, 09:04:01 am
Hei voordinges,

dis al Woensdag nou.... waasires?  ::)
Moenie se jy's terug en werk, dit werk nie!

Ek was in die sin bin vir n paar weke  8:
Wie se draad het jy nou al weer getrek?

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Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 11:31:17 am
Dammit, daai is n ongelooflike trip!!! Dankie vir jou moeite met die RR en fotos - as mens nie self kan ry soos, wanneer en waar jy wil nie verhelder die reports darem die dag so effens.  Plus dit gee nog meer inspirasie.

Wat kos so n trip jou, van waar jy op die fiets klim en weer by die motor eindig? En waarvoor sal mens dit kan doen as jy die fency blyplekke vermy?  My gedagtes loop weer wyd  :biggrin:

Hi,

In Spanje is die kos goedkoper.

(https://i.imgur.com/G3VTJFC.jpg)
Hierdie was 'n baie lekker sappige T-been met bier = Eur12

Teen 20km/l het petrol in Spanje my +- Eur40 gekos, vir +-700km
in Frankryk +- Eur56 vir 700km
Per nag betaal jy tussen 6 en 10eur om te kamp, dis nou as jy warm stort wil he, anders slaan jy sommer kamp op in die veld
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 11:33:38 am
Onthou net, in Spanje mag jy nie oop vuur maak nie; daai plek sal moertoe afbrand as dinge skeef loop daar
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 12:22:01 pm
Day 6.
This is the last day of riding  :'(

Had me a nice breakfast at Pedro's, oiled the chain, checked the oil levels and  :ricky:

Heading in the direction of Artajona, South of Pamplona, the place famous for the bullfights
(https://i.imgur.com/xGop41m.png)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 12:25:07 pm
I really liked this setup.

The GPS is much more accurate and the compass made it easier to see which paths I should take.
I like using the phone to get a good idea of my overall progress. I started doing this from day 2, after running out of time on day 1

(https://i.imgur.com/MAwXhJW.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 12:27:41 pm
These things were way louder than I ever expected.
Granted there were many of them and the wind was proper, but still took me by surprise

(https://i.imgur.com/eLZmFmu.jpg)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on July 23, 2021, 12:36:06 pm
Ek was in die sin bin vir n paar weke

Ah, dit verklaar jou afwesigheid.


Hoekom verbaas my dit nie eintlik nie?  O0
Maak gou klaar hier voor jy weer iets, eh, skeefs, se!  :P
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 12:55:33 pm
My route led me to  Cerco de Artajona
(https://i.imgur.com/St6AW2m.jpg)

 8)
What it used to look like (At some stage)
(http://www.artajona.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2016/09/principal-el-cerco-de-artajona.jpg.jpg)

In the year 1085 the fortress began to be built by the canons of Saint Sernin de Toulouse and it was completed in 1109, due to its strategic location it suffered many battles for its control and was rebuilt on several occasions, especially in the 14th century during the reign. of Carlos II the Bad
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 12:59:28 pm
Ek was in die sin bin vir n paar weke

Ah, dit verklaar jou afwesigheid.


Hoekom verbaas my dit nie eintlik nie?  O0
Maak gou klaar hier voor jy weer iets, eh, skeefs, se!  :P

Haha! Ja eks te vuil vir openbare forums
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 01:01:30 pm
Took a left turn after passing this joint where some folks were celebrating a wedding, it seemed.

Wished I could crash the party, but my 1 week old biker clothes would make that a bit hard  :imaposer:

(https://i.imgur.com/Ur5gyDO.jpg)

This path lead to Mendigorría, where my 'abort' route started, leading me back into France  :'(
(https://i.imgur.com/J0kIT35.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/NcgHFH9.jpg)

I still had to dodge the cops on the Spain/France border, as my PCR test was by now long expired  :patch:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 02:28:16 pm
Arrived back at the hotel in Cambo-les-Bains, France
(https://i.imgur.com/YIhfzUB.jpg)

and the Mezeler MC360 survived  :thumleft:
(https://i.imgur.com/X7oYAN6.jpg)

What a nice trip this was! I really enjoyed every bit of it  :ricky:
The bike performed great, I did not need to add any oil and the extra airfilter was never fitted, as I travelled alone (no dust)
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 02:40:23 pm
Notes to myself:
- Have the cone valve forks adjusted: it was way too harsh in some conditions
- The tower was awesome on this trip as I felt super relaxed behind it on the tar stretches
- The seat was a winner too
- Coyote bag was too big as it hindered my hooliganism sometimes. I would rather take the Mojave, no cooking shit, and have breakfast/dinner at a place where I can have coffee and booze
- Shake the tent and use a sheet, attached to the bike, under which to sleep
- All my 3d-printed parts lasted well. Even going down on the handguard was no issue
- the concern I had about the chain rubbing the frame, is a non-issue
- I would solo this ride on a bigger bike with knobbies, but there are a couple gnarly sections and if your skill is a bit lacking, you will kak
- RAM Wireless phone charger/mount is great.
- 500 averaged above 20Km/l

Other noteworthy shizzle:
Covering distance in the EU is actually a pleasure. On my return trip in the cage with bike on trailer, I drove 1350km and stopped only twice.
I got home and felt actually OK. (I could drive more)
I attribute this to:
1) The entire French section from North to South (+-1000km) is a 3-lane highway with 130Km speed limit
2) People only use the fast lane if needed. Irrespective of how fast you go, you go do that in the slower lanes
3) This means I would sit in the slow lane. When approaching a slower truck, the dude in the middle lane, who is closing in on me in turn, will anticipate my move and in preparation already move into the fast lane, allowing me the space to overtake via the middle lane. The implications of this 'hive mentality' on my state of mind and ultimately physical status, was remarkable!
4) on day 7, i still wanted to ride. This was different to how I felt on day 7 with the 990. But ok, I covered twice as much distance on the 990. Still like the 500 way more for adv
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on July 23, 2021, 06:15:04 pm
Couple of Q's....

- no cooking kit: tinned sardines & bullybeef for lunch/brekkie next time?
- sheet instead of tent: if it rains, will such be enough?
- did you ask for & get, hence ate, any rabbit there?
- foodswise, what stood out most (and scroo the French highway restaurants ;) here)?
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: Pumbaa on July 23, 2021, 10:07:50 pm
My route led me to  Cerco de Artajona
(https://i.imgur.com/St6AW2m.jpg)

 8)
What it used to look like (At some stage)
(http://www.artajona.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2016/09/principal-el-cerco-de-artajona.jpg.jpg)

In the year 1085 the fortress began to be built by the canons of Saint Sernin de Toulouse and it was completed in 1109, due to its strategic location it suffered many battles for its control and was rebuilt on several occasions, especially in the 14th century during the reign. of Carlos II the Bad
People in SA can say what they want,  but Europe is an awesome place for riding,  different culture and experiences.

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Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 23, 2021, 10:31:55 pm
Couple of Q's....

- no cooking kit: tinned sardines & bullybeef for lunch/brekkie next time?
-> Sardines here and there will do, but the idea would be to have breakfast and dinner in a pub or so.
- sheet instead of tent: if it rains, will such be enough?
-> something like a 'boer tent', is what i need. Will still have my tine inflatable mattress
- did you ask for & get, hence ate, any rabbit there?
-> sorry to disappoint but my wife is the rodent eater in the family
- foodswise, what stood out most (and scroo the French highway restaurants ;) here)?
-> dishes from local produce. Normally i dont eat peppers etc, but I really liked their versions of it

Pepper filled with mince and other goodies:
(https://i.imgur.com/rMYFphJ.jpg)

and of course this:
(https://nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/ibericoclub/2019/03/Whole-jamon-REC.jpg)

Could not get enough of it  :drif:

Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: BuRP on July 24, 2021, 06:44:18 pm
and of course this:
(https://nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/ibericoclub/2019/03/Whole-jamon-REC.jpg)

Ah, ja, great stuff that, hope you also got the garlic-soaked version of it. Dunno how they make it but man o man, it bursts with flavour  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: voorvel on July 24, 2021, 07:22:47 pm
I don't believe that I did!

Great, now I have a reason for going back  O0
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 24, 2021, 08:03:48 pm
and of course this:
(https://nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/ibericoclub/2019/03/Whole-jamon-REC.jpg)

Ah, ja, great stuff that, hope you also got the garlic-soaked version of it. Dunno how they make it but man o man, it bursts with flavour  :thumleft:





And crowds burst apart as you approach. :snorting:
Title: Re: Pyrenees on a 500
Post by: XT JOE on July 28, 2021, 04:37:58 pm
thanks for sharing- dream stuff