Monday, February 04, 2013

Advancedbiker Advanced Motorcycle Training In Spain

Well, that is it....Been back home a week after a fantastic adventure to the Costa Blanca, Spain.  It ended up with three days of advanced motorcycle assessining amd tutoring and then 3 day of sight seeing - Photography, my other hobby.
How did I get involved ?
Well just before Christmas I had an email off Johan Nilsson enquiring about Advanced Motorcycle Training in Spain, well in the Benidorm area.  I didn't had to think twice, UK weather snowing to 20 degrees in Spain, only issue use of a motorcycle.

Well I mentioned hiring one, but when he said I could use his Honda Blackbird, I said yes, so the search was on for flights and accommodation.

Well through Facebook I have a workmate living in Orba, just up the coast, so I contacted him and the trip was ON !

The next issue was the logistics......What to take, radio's helmet camera etc....Would it all fit in my luggage with all my kit.   In the end I paid for Hold luggage, but wore my motorcycle jacket and motorcycle boots...

The date was set....Thursday 24th January 2013, flying out of Manchester Airport,UK to Alicante in Spain.  Transfer arranged in Spain and enroute to my lodging a Chinese meal...

Day One Friday 25th January 2013 - Awoke to clear blue skies, and a warm 20 degrees........  My mate Glyn a fellow BMW R1200GS owner took me on pillion to our meeting point in Benidorm and at just before mid day we all met up.  First issue.......Johan had only one other motorcycloe a Suzuki SV 1000 and thought he and his wife Sharon could take turns riding that, whilst I had the Blackbird.
PLAN B -  Why not arranged for whoever was not riding the Suzuki to ride pillion with me on the Blackbird, so in that we way we could head out inot the hills and cover more miles.....  So it was all arranged....
Where do we go......?
Bit out of my comfort zone here and suggesting to Johan to pick a route, while I ride a motorcycle cycle I had never ridden before with a pillion I did not know........  Well it all worked out as we headed into the hills above Orxeta, bend, after bend, after bend.........until we got to.....

Guadalest for our first debrief and change of rider..............  I had to do the English think and wear my neck scarf on my head, to protect it from the afternoon sun.

After a lazy coffee stop it was debrief time and a big decision on where to go for dinner.......

It was off to -

Restaurant El Riu next to the Historical Automobile Museum "Vall de Guadalest" in the Guadalest valley between Callosa and Guadalest.......  For a light lunch..........

After a mini banquet it was back to Orxeta and end of day one......  What a great day and two more to come........




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