Vasconia en dos ruedas

Orduña (1st part) ·

. Of course, the city of Orduña didn’t need this chapter in my series The Basque trail for being well known in the country, as its beauty, along with its landscape diversity, and even its climate, by their own right play an outstanding role in this part of Spain. But then, a travel journal about … Continue reading »

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Bernedo

  The afternoon’s blue sky smiles at me between the cumuli, enticing me to a bike ride. Where to? This time of the year, South is usually the safest course; so I dress the attire and, before I can realize, I’m going on two wheels on the road leading to the Earldom of Treviño, that … Continue reading »

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Ochandiano

After a few cold days, fall has hastily arrived to the valley and mountains of Álava, bestowing its palette of ochres and siennas upon the groves and the earth. Then, an Indian summer along with southernly winds is appeasing the climate harshness, bringing fitting conditions for riding a bike. This time I pick Ochandiano, a … Continue reading »

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Vergara

I can hardly think of Vergara without at once evoking the strange expression used by Valle-Inclán–one of my favourite Spanish writers– to refer to the historical events that took place in such town. I used to think of these words as coming wrapped in some kind of mistery within the misterious Spanish side-wars called Carlistas. … Continue reading »

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Salvatierra

Right after arriving to Salvatierra from Zalduendo (described in a previous chapter) and parking the motorbike inside the walled borough, I come across this curious though misleading legend exhibited by St Mary’s church, near the wall’s North gate; misleading because both narrated events (how the gate become part of Ayala’s palace, and how the comunero … Continue reading »

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Salvatierra county

. Fall makes an early way into the Álava plain, tinging the trees with sienna shades; soon – any of these weekends – riding a motorcycle around here won’t be so pleasurable as now. One ougth to make the best of the last warm days. So, I grab a light jacket and my jet helmet, … Continue reading »

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Ibarra

View Larger Map In this northern Spain, the fine days for biking don’t last long, and one has to make good use of the remaining summer. Yet, it’s convenient to wisely choose the course to be taken, so as to make the best of the climate. Therefore, I check the weather forecast, mainly the winds, … Continue reading »

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Antoñana

View Larger Map The tamed sun of late August, a few summer clouds and a Northwestern breeze entice me to take the moborbike for a day tour. I don’t know where the wheels will take me: I just pick a road and let Rosaura guide me. Astride on her saddle, I ride on the road … Continue reading »

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