Spain!

September 2009







Our grand adventure in España began, after a couple of days museum and tapas-bar hopping in Madrid, with the Vuelta a España bike tour offered by Bike Spain. The bike tour was followed by travel up to the provinces of Aragon and Navarra for some birding and to get a taste of the Pyrenees and El País Vasco. See this and subsequent pages (links below) for a photo tour! Larger versions of all photos available by clicking the thumbnail.


                                           

Bike Spain Tour: Madrid to Pedraza | Segovia and Oropesa | Puerto de Navacerrada and Madrid | Vuelta | Bike Spain Photos
On Our Own: More Madrid | Huesca and Ordesa Natl Park | Pamplona | San Sebastian

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Start of the Tour - from Madrid to Pedraza


Robert on day one

Group getting instructions on the
day's route

Pablo (Bike Spain) showing us the
proper way to pour cider

How to do a steep climb - get out
of the van only 5 km from the summit :-)

Top of the Puerto de Navafria -
welcome to Castilla y Leon

Liza outside Pedraza

Pedraza, on the hilltop

The one entrance into Pedraza

In front of our hotel - the Hospederia
de Santo Domingo

View from our room

Pedraza street

Interesting door/gate

Robert at the Castillo de Pedraza

Look back towards the village center

View out...

At a quiet bar in Pedraza, next to the
(temporary) bullring

Only one of those beers was mine -
well, maybe two

Bullring and church tower

At the bar

Robert at a different bar before dinner

What's for dinner?

Yes!  Brick-oven roasted lamb!

Yum!

And of course, nice wine, bread,
and cheese


Next day - brief stop in San Pedro
de Gaíllos, at the Iglesia de San Pedro

Liza and Robert at the church

Some info about the church...

Continuing on towards Sepúlveda -
which is situated on the edge of the
Duratón Canyon Nature Reserve
(Castile's most important reserve for birds
of prey)


Tour women!  Shanna, Sally, Lara,
Gina, Liza

In Sepúlveda

As noted - we were in the Plaza
de España - go thataway to get back
to Madrid

The original Spanish tile

Robert on the return to Pedraza
(needs to point the other way!)

Back in the bullring

Bullring bleachers



A well-deserved beer after a second
50+ mile day

Actually quite a few well-deserved
beers...I think about 5 of us drank
all of these


Bike Spain Tour: Madrid to Pedraza | Segovia and Oropesa | Puerto de Navacerrada and Madrid | Vuelta | Bike Spain Photos
On Our Own: More Madrid | Huesca and Ordesa Natl Park | Pamplona | San Sebastian

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