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Spain North to South

Postby MarkF » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:11 pm

It's a bit lacking in detail but you'll find out why when I get to Seville.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=10054

I am going to add a last page about trains, buses (yes,they'll happily take bikes unboxed, I didn't use but asked many drivers), room costs, food costs, wild camping possibilities etc
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby bikepacker » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:48 pm

You went to Salamanca, my favourite Spanish City.
to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you just like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle there is to fight and never stop fighting e e cummings
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby scelder » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:17 pm

Very keen to hear more about your trip. I am arriving on the Santander Ferry (arriv 17th Sept) and biking to Cadiz to catch the ferry to Tenneriffe. I am on my own - so if anyone else is about then give me a shout. How was the weather? Did you have trouble with dogs running free? Was accommodation easy to find? And lastly, I am on a touring bike and it would appear that some parts are more suitable for mountain bikes - I am on del la Plata route for most of the route.
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby MarkF » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:30 pm

scelder wrote:Very keen to hear more about your trip. I am arriving on the Santander Ferry (arriv 17th Sept) and biking to Cadiz to catch the ferry to Tenneriffe. I am on my own - so if anyone else is about then give me a shout. How was the weather? Did you have trouble with dogs running free? Was accommodation easy to find? And lastly, I am on a touring bike and it would appear that some parts are more suitable for mountain bikes - I am on del la Plata route for most of the route.
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I should put all the info on this weekend, hopefully.

Weather? Should not have started Jun8th, should have started May 8th. Most days were over 30c, into Extramadura 35+ every day.This suited me but not my cousin. Should be nearly Oct when you get down there so will be much cooler. Headwind from SW was a bloody nightmare.

Dogs? Only dogs I saw were silly mouse sized ones that the Spanish love.

Accommodation? Everywhere. Loads of it, if you can't see it, ask, rooms above bars are cheap. If you get caught between towns then there are plenty of roadhouses. Best not to go in ones called "clubs". :wink:

I used a "sporty" hybrid, your bike (on 32's) will be suitable everywhere, even on the RDLP. I did not use this as much as I intended to, I preferred more social interaction.
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby Sierra Trekking » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:13 am

I did north to south, started on 8th May and on my second day in Spain it was 35 deg C.

I found the cloudy days were the worst as the humidity made life on the road very difficult. I'm in Andalucia now
and the weather is ok for cycling but not long days.

Good luck.
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby bikerwaser » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:52 pm

Hi Mark

i'm planning to do a similar route this coming October but from Santander. i'll use the Via de la PLata and end up in Andalucia where ever there is some there's some work ( i'm looking on the "workaway" website that offers food and shelter for a few hours work a day ).

thanks for the trip info.

if anyone else has any more info i'd appreciate it .

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Re: Spain North to South

Postby ernycb » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:13 pm

Top tip : Include the Gredos/Bejar region south of Avila if you can !!!
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby MarkF » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:44 am

bikerwaser wrote:Hi Mark

i'm planning to do a similar route this coming October but from Santander. i'll use the Via de la PLata and end up in Andalucia where ever there is some there's some work ( i'm looking on the "workaway" website that offers food and shelter for a few hours work a day ).

thanks for the trip info.

if anyone else has any more info i'd appreciate it .


Stretches of the RDP are b.o.r.i.n.g, pics look great on the web but it's monotonous when actually there. The N-630 enables really good progress and is very (surprisingly) quiet.

ernycb wrote:Top tip : Include the Gredos/Bejar region south of Avila if you can !!!

Agree.
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby ernycb » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:15 pm

Horses for courses I guess, but my personal preference is a trail/track to any road, any day !

- no cars/fumes/dangers
- close to country side
- many tracks/trail are old routes... churches, vialles, etc, etc.
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby bikerwaser » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:17 am

Thanks for the tips about Gredos/Bejar region south of Avila


Hi MarkF

on this trip i'm planning to go a bit slower and really see "real Spain" and include some nice small villages in the mix.

your comment about the VDP bring boring . i can understand if there is just a need to get somewhere but i'm wondering why you thought it boring ?
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby MarkF » Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:25 pm

As "ernybc" said, horses for courses, it's only IMO. :wink: I'd so looked forward to it but found it monotonous, boring, not much visual delight, the experience has put me off cycling the canal du midi. However, I'd also say the same for the interior on the N-630 but the difference was that I was able to make better progress and visit many more bars. :D Again, it's only IMO, but "real" Spain can be so quiet it can drive you crackers, I've visited many villages where I have not seen a single living creature never mind found a shop or, more importantly, a bar open.
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby bikerwaser » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:14 pm

HI MarkF
thanks for the reply.
i know what you mean about the Canal du Midi. i did it last Autumn. to start with it felt so idealic and beautiful. it was idealic and beautiful for miles and miles and miles. didn't see anyone for miles either . about 2 thirds of the way through it became unrideable so i took to the road which was so much more interesting.
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Re: Spain North to South

Postby b1ke » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:07 pm

The N-630 enables really good progress and is very (surprisingly) quiet.


+1 for the N630. We cycled Santander to Tarifa last October en route to The Gambia. They've built a motorway south of Zamora that runs alongside it and hence the N630 is largely empty. Perfect for the fully loaded tandem we were on. The Via de la Plate tracks were waterlogged where we joined it.
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