Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Group Ride with MOTERUS + Lunch

On Sunday I took the Balita Roja out for a spin with about 25 people from some of the subgroups. I had ridden around with most of them at some time or another, and met some new people, too. We had a VERY ecclectic group of motorcycles, ranging from Suzukis, Harleys, and African Twin, a 125-cc scooter, a Honda Silverwing, and of course a beautiful Royal Enfield Bullet (hehehe).
The starting point was off in Coslada at the ungodly hour of 8:45 am. We had just changed the clocks to daylight saving time the night before, so we were all lacking one hour of sleep. But still, off we went, from Coslada to Guadalajara, where we stopped for coffee and "porras" and then down to Orusco and Villarejo for a cañita, then back up along the back roads to Coslada to the restaurant for a feast of mushrooms and ham, salad, "gulas" and shrimp, then a choice of arroz ocn bogavante or entrecot.
In some ways it's a little strange to spend so much time talking to people you hardly know and whose only point in common is motorcycles. Especially for me, since I know so little about motorcycles in general. On the other hand, it's amazing how nice bikers really are, how much they look for belonging and how eager they are to please and to be kind and helpful.

It was nice to touch base with El Chiri and Colgao, who are leading a weekend ride through the west of Spain up to the border with Portugal at the end of April. They're cool about me and my Bullet joining the ride.
In the end it was a full day, with lunch and the ride home, and well worth the 18 euros and tankful of gas.

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