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#95474 - 07/27/17 07:19 AM Returning to Spain, again n S
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Mrs. 44 and I will be arriving in Spain for a nearly three week visit beginning in early September, si dios permite. Very much looking forward to visiting old favorites and some new places. Starting in Madrid and headed north to La Rioja and then San Sebastián before moving west to Oviedo, to Penafiel and back to Madrid. Hope to share some of the experiences along the way.

Saludos.

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#95475 - 07/27/17 01:26 PM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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Good you all. Enjoy the trip. Those are good choice areas. I will be there too but in August.....
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#95478 - 07/27/17 08:20 PM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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Two ships passing in the night! I may drive across the border into France a short distance. From San Sebastián, there are a few things that interest me on the French side but not sure if I will have time.
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#95480 - 07/28/17 12:53 PM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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well time is up to you ::) but the area San Sebastian to France I have ridden many times and its beautiful scenery of the Pyrénées on the N 1 !!! plus the Basques! I am afraid putting pictures here is hard but if go to my blog and type on search hendaye you will see plenty
enjoy it
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#95492 - 08/06/17 09:54 AM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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Thanks for the reference. I will see your photos there.

I have less than a month to wait before departure. Actually, have some things packed already because very busy with work leading up to this trip.

Saludos!
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#95495 - 08/08/17 01:31 PM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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ok I am on my way there Friday morning early...go to Pau and then continue Saturday to arrive in Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha of Don Quijote!

You have a good vacation and do enjoy Spain as well as maybe take a bite out of France ::) Not a bad 1-2 combination lol!
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#95542 - 09/10/17 03:50 PM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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Roaming about Spain now. Having a marvelous time. Crossed into France for half a day which was interesting and fun. Still on the road! Will report more soon.
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#95544 - 09/11/17 01:10 PM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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ahh there you are . Glad all is going well, and indeed the road is was great. I came back last August 28th. awesome trip thru the Castilla's and crossed in on the Pourtalet peak and came back on the Somport tunnel.

Enjoy the rest and do report back. Cheers


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#95545 - 09/12/17 02:26 AM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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Enjoy your trip. Looking forward to an update.
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#95556 - Today at 06:42 AM Re: Returning to Spain, again n S [Re: admiral44]
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To begin the journey, we had an excellent flight from PHL to MAD. I remember this flight always being around 7.5 hours. However, favourable winds reduced travel time to about 6.5 this time. Cabin staff did a great job and we touched down smoothly arriving at Terminal 4S.

It's quite a long walk from 4S all the way out. Thankfully, we are in good condition. Train to Terminal 4. There we took advantage of a business centre that offers rooms and showers with a snack. This was a great way to freshen up after a longish flight.

Collected the rental car, which was ready and waiting, then drove to La Rioja. Along the N-111 the scenery is quite impressive between Soria and Logroño, with interesting glacial formations. Some medieval bridges there as well for those keenly aware of the history.

Arrived La Rioja for a late lunch in Elciego then on to a little hotel in Ábalos.

More to follow soon.
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