Keen and inspired (by website Admin Andy). I set off for the Picos de Europa mountains on my MT-10.
So, I selected Spain’s Picos Mountains as this year’s destination on my Yamaha MT10. I’d done a Euro tour trip to the Harz mountains, Germany last year as a spare of the moment trip. This year I was a little more organised... They Picos were/are fantastic. The N-621 road down to Riaño is class.
Day 1 In Brief: Sunday 17th September 2017 I made it to Barmouth in Wales dry; a minor miracle :-)
In Detail: He-Ha (& he ha again...) Head-off day it was here. So it was 11:00am and it was time to go and head-off on the mighty brilliant Yamaha MT-10 for Touring holiday trip to Northern Spain. It began with heading to get the boat from Dublin Port to go thru Wales etc for Portsmouth and Ship to Santander. New biking jeans and new neat waterproof Alpine-star shoes already a-dawned onto me; I was ready for the road. He ha.
It’s at this point (these moments) that you really get to re-thinking; like, ok is all the planning, the preparation and all the packing really done ok?? I’d say as long as you (no I mean me / I has) all of the essential packed such as: Passport, V5 Doc, E111 medical card, Euro Breakdown Cover, Euro travel-cards, driving license, insurance docs, puncture kit, mini air compressor etc all with you then any other stuff can be sorted on-route or when away. So as I was happy that all this was ok so I head-off it was and off I rode to fuel up the beast for the approx 115 miles down to Dublin Port. I Rode down the, (as boring as having water for soup), dull main road to Dublin Port. The weather was in an ok mood being nice and dry and warm enough too, (yup, I know that is real unusual for Ireland - don’t I know it). So enjoyed that. And had pre planned Euro coins in the tank bag for the toll bridge and Dublin port toll tunnel.
(Bad note): Cruise control is fairly handy, not-recommended, for handless riding to remove me gloves and get coins out ready as you roll up for the toll payments booths. Anyhow, I did not crash and did not do a lunch stop either just some snack bars and I checked in about 13:55 behind some classic, some not starting, vintage cars. Punishment for not being ages early, but optioning the last 5 minutes before last check in, was to have to wait and let all the cars go on first and then be put at the back of boat, ah well, i was/is on holiday so I chilled. And The Boat sailed on time at 14:30 and got into (he-ha, he ha dry) Holyhead at around 16:30.
So I had an approx 2 hour ride to my B&B in the seaside town of Barmouth and arrived after 7pm with the light beginning to fade a bit. Barmouth was, is a real nice surprise, a super coastal part of Wales.
The Yam was going great and I had a few front wheel ups over crests on the way down and the Nitron R3 Shock was working a real treat even with the bike all toured up; although having no tent this year as I was traveling light-ish helps keep the sporty fun sunny side up, lol.
Now at the B&B. And The German lady, with a slightly racy picture of herself - when she was younger lol - on the hall wall, that run the B&B was great. I thought what a dynamic world we live in; how does someone from Germany end up running a listed guest house in Wales, go figure.
Anyhow, the MT was brilliant on the rides down so I hid it, complete with its new ECU, behind and under some overgrown bushes and I went off for dinner thinking 2 hours on a boat was grand but I would have 24 hours on a ship to Spain ahead of me.
All was class and A1 good. Gee I love trips on the bike especially with blue or dry skies, Happy nice good day!
Woke up with a very light hangover, to Barmouth enjoying a nice warm and more importantly a DRY day. So I headed off to Bristol hoping to remain dry; which is a real big ask in Wales.
Had a good nice brisk ride down thru some grand twisty roads like the B4518; which is off the A470 goes threw Staylittle and passed nice little reservoir. Wales takes a bit of time to get down threw the towns etc.
I arrived in Bristol for my super accommodating great overnight stop with family there. Well feed and looked after there and 100% dry. All good. Hooray.
Left a nice sunny Bristol before midday. I got off the M4 motorway ASAP... And I Headed down passed nice thatched cottages thru the lovely tiny village of Wherwell.
On route I got stung in the chest, stomach and in my belly button ouch by a wasp that had flew inside my shirt. I pulled over got off and flicked the git out and thought if this is the worst thing that happens to me on this trip then I’ll be well happy with that...
I Arrived in Portsmouth for the Ship in good time and went to get some Euro cash in the local Post Office and few eat mars bars, lol. I Boarded the ship and with my iPad and GoPro firmly in hand I headed up for the cabin and searched out the restaurant then the bar.
The Boat docked in a tad late and took its time to off load; so got off it a little late tho I still made it to Hostal Poncebos just before/at dusk.
The AS-114 on the way is an amazing fast flowing road in and a great introduction. The tiny road up to Poncebos was tight in places. About half an hour later some English guys on bikes checked in. One of them had skimmed off around the Armco barrier on the way up in the dark, Opps, he and bike were ok. Few dents in pride and faring. I Had a few beers with them and it was then time for big Zzzzz’s bed.
Flowed along the magic AS-114 west then up the winding CO4 to Lakes Covadonga & Enrol. On the way I tried a first route up to lakes that turned out to be a dead end and a big horned cow did not like the grumbling burbling noises of the MT-10 and there was a stand off for a while. When the way turned out to be a dead end I had to repass the big beast cow from hell on the way back down, lol. Ah well the next main road up along was closed to cars but the bike did go round the barrier and up.
And after a real nice lunch I headed back east along that flowing AS-114 and down the magical N621 to Potes. And then up the flowable nice CA-185 to a really great posh hotel del Oso which is just a few miles down below Fuente dè (cable car station).
Day off From touring on the bike. But still scooting around on the bike in holiday mode.
Walked Hills near Fuente dè.
I call this Super Super Saturday... I went up the Fuente dé cable car first thing at 10am.
Then I Rode the purely magical N-621 south on down to the fabulous wee town of Riaño. I Doubled back up the N-621 for about 10 miles or more to make a left detour
at / near to Portilla and I took the truley amazing LE-243/2703 detour / alternative route up thru Portillia village to Posada dè Valdeón onto the cracker LE-2711. Where I asked a kind Spainish lady In a camper van for some water / aqua and she filled my 500 cc bottle. 30 minutes later I helped her pick up her smashed drivers mirror bits from a mirror to mirror collision.
I continued on the delightful scenic mountain road which comes out onto the N-625. I Headed up north up the N-625 up onto more great roads such as the AS-260...
Wow. Wow wow wow.....
Nice fast & almost completely empty roads :-)
And super Awesome weather to top it off... Road flowed down more open country.
Had a lovely seafood soup and salmon dinner in the Main Street of Cangas del Narcea
Wow what a route.
LE-331 / LE-333 are gem: https://youtu.be/D3IojI2qaKA
It and CL-635, then up N-625 to LE-2711 to Posada dè Valdeón onto LE-2703/243 down to Portillia and up N-621 had everything.
What a place.
Love love love LOVE Riaño Petrol Station
Day off Touring up at Fuente dé.
Routed myself south along tight class CA-184 from Ojedo then onto great CL-627 then east and then up north.
Just when I thought that it couldn’t get any better, it did! Wow!
I eat in Santander contented and boarded the ship for Plymouth.
Off the ship at Plymouth’s rush hour and headed direct up the M5 motorway to gatecrash in again with family in Bristol.
Arrived in Bristol dry as bone to a super tasty home-made Chilli con carne. Again so well looked after at cousins place a massive thanks and a tremendous mega thumbs up!
Day off bike washing it and checking the bike over.
And got to Thinking back that the last day on Spain was the warmest 27 degrees C and what an amazing route the CL-627 was and that was an unexpected gem of a ride. Great trip.
Holiday not over yet tho there was the pub to go to for dinner.
Departed from Bristol at around 9:30. And I rode over the biking free toll Bridge into Wales and Diagonaly up thru Wales.
The Rain started about midday and when I got near Holyhead the rain eventually stopped. So I got wet gear off and all sorted out for arriving to the port.
Got the Boat to Dublin was all was grand and I stayed in a hotel just out of Dublin for the night; which was great.
Homeward bound it was in damp (typical home) conditions...
Home all safe and sound. And the worst thing was that wasp sting on day 3 in England, lol.
Saved the best videos to last: https://youtu.be/fYJQl9RzWtM
Final edits: https://youtu.be/asU74eTQ-WM
I loved it.