Tuesday, December 18, 2012

To Seville and Back in 1200 km

This weekend two of us rode our Royal Enfield 500cc bullets from Madrid to Seville. The excuse was an invitation to a Royal Enfield biker lunch from Ángel and Eva at Al Andalus Choppers.

The weather was ominous: rain, wind, fog. But the route was interesting and the destination even better. We made it as far as Córdoba where we spent the night and pushed onto Seville on Saturday morning.

Our first stop to stretch our legs was at a cool castle was rode by in Orgaz, south of Toledo. Castles in Spain are great!

The Bullets seeking shelter

The storm gathers
The Red Bullet shines forth

Javier Ortiz's classic black bullet

A Spanish restaurant in Puertollano
Javier regretted eating so much later.

I can't resist breakfast buffets.

To get out of Córdoba I used my TomTom app on the iPhone. Unfortunately some moisture got in and fogged up the lens of the front camera, so I could only take pictures using the smaller back lens until it dried by the next day.

That creepy feeling you're being watched.
We got to Seville soaked but not chilled (it was 18ºC out). Checked into the Hostal El Madero, in Camas, and trotted off to the bike shop to meet some of the gang and go out for an "aperitivo" at a bar up the street.
 The bar was actually really good. We sipped "mostito", a light white young wine served in earthenware pitchers and tiny glasses. We munched a variety of local cold cuts, pork chicharrones, and bright green Spanish olives.

Many Meetings

Back to Al Andalus Choppers for the lunch party.

It was nice to meet up with so many Enfielders. We're an odd bunch,  but all with hearts of gold.Eva's mother made tons of "garbanzada": chickpeas stewed in broth, and the "pringá" served separately. Pringá is heavenly on bread.

On Sunday morning we had a long leisurely breakfast at Venta El Curro, chatting with Eva and Ángel about business.

Ángel was kind enough to take us on a ride through the old streets of Seville--an incredible experience on a classic bike. The 5 senses are overwhelmed.by the beauty of the city.

La Giralda. Seville

The Archbishop's Palace

The Cathedral

We rode back on the back roads to Madrid, and did some unscheduled exploration of the hills and mountains around Guadalupe. The winding back roads there are EXCELLENT for bikers. We will return!

The only photo I took as of a perfect light lunch for bikers: fried egg, home-made fried potatoes and grilled pork loin. Yes, and mayo.

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