16.02.2009 - 16.02.2009 20 °C
This morning we got up and left the hotel and met our friend Raphael from last night. We had finished our evening (after some lovely tapas in El Almacen and nearby drinks) in his bar - Las Banderillas (http://www.barlasbanderillas.com/) - where he had offered to take us out for a breakfast ride. So we set off at 10:30 ish and met up with three more of his friends for a morning burn to Chipiona on the coast. It was fantastic riding with a bit of a team and we dusted the morning cobwebs off quickly.
In Chipiona we went to a local bar/cafe that they visit most weekends and had some drinks and bocadillas (large rolls). Raphael gets lots of his cooking fat from there so they gave him a great price on breakfast - no wonder they go there a lot! From there we rode a bit more to San Lucar and the mouth of the Guadalquivir river for breakfast part 2! Out in the sunshine we could have sat for hours, but we had somewhere to get to that night so I tried to settle up the bill (they were having none of it) and at a leisurely 13:45ish we said some goodbyes and got on our way.
L-R : Manolo, Raphael, Maria, Me and Ed, Alberto (Hopefully that's all correct!)
Raphael helpfully escorted us down the road a bit and the winds were really starting to get up now. Riding at over 100kph with 100kph winds in your face one moment and then from the side the next requires concentration!! We waved goodbye to Raphael and were sad to see the motorbike team back down to two but really enjoyed our time in Jerez and the fantastically friendly people we had met.
I had spent some time on the Costa de la Luz when I was studying in Jerez, so I took Ed via some of my favourite spots (Vejer the town on the hill, El Palmar, Zahara and Barbate on the coast, nice roads through sand dunes, wind farms) and we stopped for lunch and a break from the wind in Tarifa. It must have been walk-your-dog day as there were hundreds out to provide us with entertainment!
From there we stuck to the coast and passed Gibraltar before arriving at our destination for the night - Vic & Trish's place in Torrequebrada near Malaga.
Not only did we have a nice garage to put the bikes in but also a cold beer and lovely roast dinner waiting for us! We even had apple crumble and ice cream for dessert and a great cup of tea afterwards! It was a little taste of England a couple of weeks into our journey. We're starting to get used to fantastic hospitality!
Tomorrow we head up to the mountains to see my cousin Georgina. She has my ski boots under her bed and so we're planning on trying them out the day after. Ed needs to go to the nearby BMW garage in the morning to get a transmission seal replaced - fingers crossed that'll be routine and done by lunchtime, but watch this space!
Another 235 miles clocked up