Sunday, August 31, 2008

On the road!

Woot! A campsite with a net connection (and a cf reader).

Day one - santiago airport to Portamarino, just south of Lugo. Lovely rolling roads folling the pilgrims trail (needed a MTB to follow on the trail). Weather went a little tropical on me, from 25 degree sunshine to tropical storms and hail all in one evening.




There was a noise in my tent at 3am that kept waking me up, by 6am I had tracked it down - was a bleeding massive toad in my tent. My inner flap was open due to the heat!






Day two




50km mountain detour via Sarria, "because it sounded fun at the time", north from Sarria was very dull, but going east over the mountains was awsome (but lots of rain). Stupid map case gave out on me and got my maps sodden. I don´t think walking "waterproof" is the same as biking "waterproof" - the Orlieb pannier´s are very, very awsome tho, waterproof and visible!



Lugo was a lunch stop, an ancient walled city (with a racing track one way system around the edge of the centre). Then it was time for a long treck through the mountains. Was mainly uneventful, apart from a boy racer trying to pick me up on an empty country road (I saw him in a hotel window in Ribberia, with a "friend" on his arm the next day) . Lovelñy down hill from a Potanova to the river, then a gentle ride into town in the evening. Lots of rain over the mountains.



Long day, so didn´t manage to get any camping gaz. Cold bagged tuna and tomato for dinner! Decent (if expensive, 8 euro) campsite 3km west of Ribadeo.


Day three - Ribadeo to Cadillaro.



Up late after a good night´s sleep. There´s no way over the motorway - bridge east of Ribadeo, so it was a ferry from the town (ignore the google maps detour). Very quaint, tho comical to see bike on tourist sight seeing ferry. The I more or less followed that f "¿$% motorway down the coast - they´ve built some lovely big bridges to support it. Sunday so everything is closed and I still don´t have any camping gas :( Think I´ll survive on rice cakes, still it makes for lovely quiet roads (esp n-632, great climbs and swoops and no one in sight). Decided to cut the day short at Cadillaro, was a random festival going on in the town..yay! Funny how every country has it´s own traditional outfit...and they all look the same....



Has been nice and sunny today, even it threatened rain a couple of times. Hmm...landscape mode with 50mm lens on Camera doesn´t seem to be as clear as i´d like.


In other news.
  • Flickr is down again. it´s making a habit of this.
  • google is too smart for it´s own good- how do I make maps show up in english?¿!
  • I bet this is the last blog post I make, tis always the way with travel blogs.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So the race was joined

After three weeks hard slacking after Shortfuze it's time to hit the road. I've just decided where I'm going to uni the next logical step is a holiday - I've got a flight to Spain/Santiago for Friday [shivers] morning. Am generally heading for Copenhagen with the full intention of catching the train for a bit of journey if it looks like too much effort.

My room is slowly collecting a critical mass of camping/biking gear and so far it's looking like a fairly low tech trip. I've got a 1:800K road map of Europe, a compass and a casio watch. Which reminds me - I've got to cut all the unused pages out of the map to make it lighter ;)

Unless I take my camera...

lets go camping

Friday, August 01, 2008

1kg for a touring tent? I can do better than that :P

If you clamp the breaks on, you just need the fly-sheet. no poles!


you'd probably want a front door, and inner on that mind you...

[edit!]
It already exists. The Topeak Bikamper comes in at 1.6kg.


Doesn't quite seem light enough for me - I got an entire 2 man tent down to 1.3kg for touring...
the morning after

twak

Lookee what chris gave me as I left work for the last time today! See that sig in the corner? that's gonna be worth a bit one day :)