Author Topic: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.  (Read 3440 times)

Tigerrr

  • That England that was wont to conquer others Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
  • Not really a Tiger.
    • Humanist Celebrant.
Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2015, 09:14:55 am »
Packing the bikes back on the car today ready for the long haul back to blighty via Zaragosa, Bordeaux, LeMans. Of course the wether is now perfect, and the outlook the up same for the rest of the year.
Just got to take Bosun dog for rabies jab, and then off to the winery for a few casks of 'Rojo viejo' to ballast the narrowboat.  Can't go wrong at 3 euros per 2 litre flagon for a pleasant easy drinking red. Not sure it has been the best hydration strategy though...
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Auntie Helen

  • 6 Wheels in Germany
Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2015, 11:52:21 am »
Just got to say, Tigerrr, how much I've enjoyed your reports!

Bosun doesn't need a jab, just a working tablet, but I guess you know that.
My blog on cycling in Germany and eating German cake – http://www.auntiehelen.co.uk


Tigerrr

  • That England that was wont to conquer others Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
  • Not really a Tiger.
    • Humanist Celebrant.
Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2015, 07:07:07 am »
kind of you to say so.
Bosun let himself down at the vets, lucky he was muzzled. He does have some behavioural issues, and his canine psychiatrist in the uk has declared him lacking in essential social skills. Makes him unpredictable under stress.
An eventful night chez tigers at Paradise Villa. Dined out as the place is clean, in calpe at Charming restaurant in the fishing port. Lovely. Mrs Tiger was ill all night courtesy of the lobster, which makes the tip we left a bit of a sore point.
With the fearsome German lady warder Frau Goik (Hamburg ex nightclub bouncer) to inspect and withhold the deposit, have to find a way to load several hundredweight of bargain red casks plus all we came with, plus 3 bikes, and crazed hound into car. Mrs Tiger unable to move and lying on bed moaning gently, calling for hot water.
looks like a challenging day ahead.
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Auntie Helen

  • 6 Wheels in Germany
Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2015, 11:17:31 am »
My iPad corrected 'worming tablet' to 'working tablet' of course. Although I hope the tablet does work! Poppy's foreign travel all went OK (arrived back in Germany this morning) but she doesn't really enjoy it.
My blog on cycling in Germany and eating German cake – http://www.auntiehelen.co.uk


Tigerrr

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Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2015, 08:30:10 am »
Back in the uk, and sorry to see Steve Abrahams has been knocked off by a (drunk?) moped rider. That is so disappointing.
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Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2015, 03:09:15 pm »
Aye - tho it sounds like he may be going to get some mileage in one-footed on a recumbent trike..

Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2015, 04:03:02 pm »
Top reading, Tigerrr. :thumbsup:
You should holiday overseas more often  :P

Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2015, 04:31:06 pm »
Good stuff.
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Tigerrr

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  • Not really a Tiger.
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Re: Taking the fujin for a ride in sunny Spain.
« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2015, 08:04:09 am »
The final post to complete the record of this epic cycling adventure.
Cast off from Paradise Villa, the volvo creaking on its suspension, weighed down with wine, hams, oranges, bedding, bikes, paella kit, and Bosun the dog howling, plus quietly moaning food poisoned Mrs Tiger.
the tow bar bike rack is a boon to cycle transport, coping with both recumbent and uprights easily, and ideal for long journey. tilts so you can let hound out for breaks.
Overnight at Zaragoza, on the still swollen river Ebro. Ibis hotel above the local disco probably not the best choice, but good to see that Spanish youth are just as pissed up and obnoxious as Brits at 0430. drove through the Pyrenees to Lac de Bordeaux, via the wasteland of Central Spain's wind farms. snow on the mountain tops as we passed.
Cycled around The lake at Bordeaux, with Bosun (he runs by the bike well, only once hospitalising me in 3 years). Interested to see fellow cyclist hoodied 'anglers' doing a steady trade in small plastic bags around the lake. Impressed by the cycle path and tram network. They do these things well abroad.
Thence to Le Mans, where marvelled at the cycle path provision in this provincial town. They are so far ahead of the UK, with sporting facilities. Plus, in the Novotel had the burger which was sensationally good.
It was a relief to get back to home after 6 weeks away and unload.
Since coming back have existed on a diet of wine, ham and oranges. It is going to take months to eat all the ham, although I think Bosun has it constantly in mind.
mrs Tiger has finally recovered, but goes pale if I mention seafood.
Weighed myself on return, as this was a detox and get healthy trip. I am exactly 1 kg heavier than when I left. Result!
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