03 March 2012 @ 23:12
Today we thought we'd get the VFR out and go for a spin down to the coast....our friends from Glasgow are settling themsleves into Frigiliana for a while so it seemed like a good opportunity to go and say hello. On with the merino wool base layers (thank you LIDL Norwich for 50% price reduction several years ago), textile jackets (Halvarsson), leather trousers (various), boots (Harley in my case) and helmets (Arai for Steve, only the best...) and other bits and pieces, and off we went. Spain is a big country but it always seems even more vast when you're on 2 wheels and breathing it in without being shut in a box. There was some new snow up above Capileira but the roads were nicely washed clean by the rain lower down. Apart from a few bumpy spots where old landslips have affected the tarmac surface, these are good roads for biking with plenty of tight curves and technical challenges for enthusiasts. And for elderly folk like us....but the VFR delas with it all, no problem.
The optimum temperature range for us on the bike is 12-20 C, and I think we were well inside the lower range by the time we got to Frigiliana, just right. We stopped at the ferreteria to see if we could buy some cleats for tying back the cords on our window blinds and discovered that abragadera means 'jubilee clip', so the online dictionary is wrong...anyone know the right translation? Then we met up with our friends and had a good look round the old part of town and the campo up behind. Some good walking to be had up in them thar hills we reckon! How nice to see them again, what a great pair!
On the way home we avoided being carved up on a roundabout by an enthusiastic young man in his Audi (he did get through on the inside but we took him out immediately afterwards), stopped to see if we could help a stranded motorist who turned out to be non-Spanish and whose first thought was 'did we have a light for her cigarette' (no, we gave up long ago but did she want a push-start?) and finally got into the warmth of home about 9pm. His Highness is now snoozing on the sofa and I'm thinking about another cup of tea...a good day out!