I've never done any serious touring (Just a 1000 mile in 24 hrs charity run around Eng & Scot). I'm heading over to Spain in July on my own on a 1200GS. I want to go via the Channel Tunnel, providing it ain't on fire at the time. I will be going to Almeria. I would be gratefull for advice on routes, a realistic journey time and safe places to camp. I know it's a lot but any help would be appreiated.
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I have travelled down eight times to Mojacar in Almeria. Visit the Picos, stay just outside Fuente De, there is a hunting lodge on the left of the road with panoramic views of the mountains. Take the 'A' road to Segovia and there is a hostal in the Place de Major with secure parking. Visit Covadonga (there is another Hostal on the right side of the mountain road out of the park. Guadelupe is pretty and you can stay in a monastery. You must visit La Alhambra in Granada. Again there is a hostal on the right as you come up from the ring road from Motril which is good. If you want more specific details pm me and I'll copy down my route which avoids most main roads and covers many of the walled cities and national parks. I wouldn't camp below Madrid as the campsites will be stony and the hostals are pretty cheap. Realistic mileage is 500 per day, although you don't sound as if you regularly rack up that sort of mileage. The plains of La Mancha can get very hot in the summer. If in Almeria you should visit Mini Hollywood where they filmed he spagetti westerns. pm me for exact deatils DB
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Cheers DB. Its the route down I'm interested in as I'm visiting family down there (Albox) and have already been there about 8 times. Just want to do a decent run on the gs before I get past it.
Ok matey. I will dig my maps out and check. My friends came down to Mojacar with me three times and now live in Albox!
Ok hope you are ready for this:
Calais E402 Abbevile
E50 Le Mans
N240 Vitoria Gasteiz
Miranda de Ebro
E804 towards Logrono
N322 Las Graceas
A317 Peurta de Segura
A317 Cortijos Neuvos
A 319 Peal de Becerro
C323 Pozo Alcon
A315 towards Baza
Olula Del Rio
Hope that helps. It's a great ride that way missing the worst traffic nightmares. I usually stop overnight at- Bordeaux, Daroca, Cazorla. DB
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Thanks DB. Certainly looks better than the route via Paris, thats all Motorways. Sorry for not replying before, been working away. Will keep you informed and maybe meet your friends in Albox. Cheers
It's a good route, used three times. As you say it avoids most of the nasty snarl ups. I hope you have a fab time and my friends names are Alan and Mags. They have a finco on the outskirts of Albox. Alan rides a Pan and is a general builder so someone there has probably heard of him. The Spanish section takes in a multitude of terrains and you and the GS should love it. And, tenga una gran aventura DB
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Have travelled calais to mojacar every year for the last 16 years , in my motorhome,using many different routes know the area well and campsites. If i can be of help email me firstname.lastname@example.org. For me it's a 4 day journey normally of approx 270 miles each day totall distance about 1260m. ron
You can also go via Tour, to Vierzon then south via A75 Clermont Ferrand (no tolls) to the Spanish border.
Tolls restart at Montpellier.
Think about the boat
Boat it, Portsmouth/Bilbao...cuts out the boring miles in N France...sleep 2 nights on the boat, see whales & dolphins...cost of £160 offset by tunnel,tolls,petrol, tyres, accommodation..when u get there have a wicked blat round Pyrenees etc.
True the ferry takes the strain out of France and starts off the holiday mood. The route I posted can link into either port. However, I find Santander the easier option to egt out of. Bilbao's ring road is a git of the first order. DB
**stop offs **
Another excellent place to spend an evening is Segovia. Chocolate box pretty, Roman architecture and lots of resturants to chooce from. I recommend the resturant behind the monasterio for suckling pig (it's got a cheap set menu with many regional specialities...just remember to order salad/ veg seperately as the Spanish do not consider these as food!) DB