Well all good things must end....it's time to hit the road again...enough lollygaggin about. Did some hotel laundry...socks never come out the same as at home. They actually stand on their own....Least they don't flinch when I reach for em.
How to dress has been a struggle mornings are... fresh... But as far as the day will be I have no idea. I can't tell what direction the weather comes from even. So I wear an extra layer and packup.... Load da bike.....decide I'll catch a coffee on the way out of town.
So I start braving my way out the maze on me own and sure enough Antoni pops outta no where. I stop and he commences to chat me ear off...I have to tell him I gotta go amigo..... And with a shake of hands I wander off. Folks seem pretty genuine here....
I find a nice cafe park the bike by the front door... Still like doing that..if you had a car I don't know how or where you can park. Hence all the scooters....
I pull out my book.... And me maps and try to figure out where to go... Hell I gotta check out Gibraltar! It's south and I need to ride some crazy roads today and am looking forward to it. This area is known for its terrain and roads bikers love riding here.
Off I go.....the weather is weird.... Sorta cloudy hazy...but high stuff. So I think I'm okay.... I get into the secondaries right away and the roads are great. GPS to the rescue yet again.... Nuthin is north south. I think I heard her say moron I'm recalculating yet again! I told ya where ta go! Must be road noise..... Then I start to catch some drizzle....and it's not looking good.
Soooooo I just keep going and the sky's open up....just as I come around a bend with a gas station. There is a fairly large covered shelter.... Full of bikers. Had to be 50....all milling about under the shelter I pull in an park... They all stare at me and start laughing n point up. Seems I found the only spot with a hole in the roof....so I'm still getting wet. I smile agree .. I'm an idiot...
and find a dry spot.
Well these were crotch rocket riders with leather and a couple of baggers in the crowd. I wasn't going to sit and wait. So it was like a pit stop at motogp.... Had the rain gear out an on in under 5 minutes..... They all watched....put me hoody on donned me bucket...buttoned up...waved a hasta liego suckers.... and was gone....with right gear.... No probs.....just a lot slicker to ride lol.
So it's a bit of a downpour but I'm snug and dry. But have to take it easy on the corners as the road surfaces are slick. The rain sort of subsides.... Then it warms up as I'm going in to mountains... Still might rain but might not.... Bikers hell! Do I take off gear or not? If I do it will rain if I don't it won't....prob is its like riding around in a zip lock bag you can really start to sweat.... Sooo a lil village .... and a cafe.
Seems like a great time for a coffee. I pull in sit down and ponder....it looks like it might clear so I pull it all off....the rain gear...keep it clean please. Pack up....lil banyo session and hit da road. Now it's climbing into mountain pass time waaaaaa hooooooooooo!
Well seems I was to be tested today! Ohhh yay! As I pulled higher me n the clouds became one.... The roads were nuthin but tight twisty biker nirvana but.... could only see 10 feet.... I know cause I stopped and paced it at one point..... Crazyyyyyy ride. I knew vehicles were behind me too and there weren't many places to pull over...so just kept going.... It cooled down to 7 and stayed there... Could barely hit 20 kmh most of the time....so this went on for about an hour or soo.pretty feaky as it was huge drop offs...I think. The scenery was probably great...I got the white version. Least it wasn't snow.
I can tell its starting to descend which is good as should get past the dew point....takes a while and 9.5 shows on the gause...I start tickling the bottoms of the clouds... nice...amost out.....round a bend...and its clear road ahead. Waa hoo.....so off I go.....roads a bit wet still so got to keep it tame and I keep descending the curvy mountain pass the temp keeps rising and finally tops at about 16....so it's great fun after a bit but then I catch up to traffic..... Too many and I can see hiways below...so I slow down to snail pace....was a great ride to that point long twisty descent.....now its Gibraltar time.
So off I went south. Freeway is freeway no matter where you are..except here.....get this cars stay in the right lanes until they are ready to pass and then pass and go back to the right lane....Wowwww no one holds up traffic what a concept.....
So it turns into a toll road...and I never know how these will turn out how much how do ya pay etc etc.....but its fast so I stay on it....Sorta goofed as the way the ramps were, looked like I was to take a ramp but wasn't...it was close to a merge ramp...the ramp I was to take went to the toll for the next section...I missed that ramp....oops..the ramp I was on was an exit....frig....but I saw a small opening to do a u turn...by the toll....so I do.....seems like I figured out a way to avoid the toll as this put me on the road past the toll......ackkkk Mr policia could be on me tail now....rode it like I stole it for a bit......
Its kind of drizzly weather now nuthin great....but better than home either way lol.....and I come around a bend and there it is.....the Rock! So I stop take a few pics and head into town. How to get there now becomes the challenge...seems that only a couple of roads get there. and they're lined up. Takes a min to figure out you have to go through customs to get there ergo the lines. Well I'm here so I gotta do it....so I get in line. Not sure how this will work with the bike but WTF.
The line moves fast....and next thing I know I'm talking to a british customs guy...all he has to say is Bloddy hell mate you must be bonkers its nasty out! I shrug....no stamp or nuthin he just says carry on. I've entered the land of Bangers n mash it would seem...all english now...but still travel in the right lane...then I see a few Bobbies LOL....wow. As you drive in you actually drive across the airport runway.... Not a big place.
It is getting late and I've no hotel as of yet and don't know where I am staying so I can't twiddle around too much but I go to check out the British war museum....driving around is cool...its a fortress...meaning its all a fortress I think the only folks living here are military, the whole Island me thinks. Streets have name like Bomber Lane or Bunker row, memorials everywhere. History heaven lol
So I sort find the area and park and ask for directions and start walking....of course I can't find it....the streets are narrow and its hard to figure out where you are but I almost bump into a rabbi...and I ask...he gives me the oyyyy vayyyyy it's closed but its right there....I was standing in front of it....I must be going blind....
So I wandered around....its Saturday I think but all the lil shops are closed....only a few bobbies walking about. Very quaint area but the suns getting low sooo it's time to move on whilst there is day light I really want to get to the top of the rock.
Find the bike..and follow the signs to Europa Point. Sort of like lands end southern most tip....has a very cool lighthouse...and the view is great. I'm the only guy here.
So I take some pics and in the distance can see the tip of Morocco....neat. The signs also said top of the rock road so I keep following it around the rock...its cool the rock has gun ports all over it and vents and openings...its a bunker / fortress with antennae all over it.
Hmmm the road took me to the back side now...I found the dump....nice. But no road to the top. Where it looks like you can turn it's blocked gated electrified with signs like touch it you die. Access denied. Then I see Brit patrols walking about with full kit on and weapons...hmmm seems serious. So I move on.....and keep going and end up in a tunnel that leads me through the rock.....and spits m out the other side. I tried :( but the tunnel was pretty cool...may not have been on top of the rock of Gibraltar but I've been in it!
Time to exit....so with a bike you take a side lane to Spanish customs and go by all the cars lol. I think it was intended for scooters as it was pretty tight for the RT but I made it...the customs guy just waved and I was in Spain again.....check another of the bucket list...LOL
At this point I need WIFI to find a hotel...my sim card id outta minute so guess where .... sure enough Mcdonalds right there. Turns out Mirbella is just up the road and Diego suggested I stay there so I go to booking.com and find a room and off I go. Pretty non eventful ride....freeway all the way...got in a bit late and tired. the hotel was really nice once I found it.
This is the resort area of the Mediterranean so it is very tourist orientated. The place I found was a resort on the beach...great room with an ocean view. Found the bar and managed to find a Lobster Bisque that was awesome and ham sandwiches (Iberion style lol) and a football game.... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! They take it wayyyy to serious.... It's fun ta watch though.
Time to crash.....not even sure where I'm going tomorrow... I'll sleep on it!