Spaniard Moto Enthusiasts - Alhambra - Prado - Co-Pilots Part
04.22.2008 - 04.26.2008 86 °F
A slower than expected but well worth it mountain road brought us to Ronda, a medevil town off the beaten path. Here we grabbed a nourishing meal, lentil soup with sausage, tea, and a shot of Jager that our waiter insisted would kick our gears over. When we finished our meal around nine, Ronda´s streets were saturated with Spanish spirit. Upon returning to our faithful steeds we were greeted by two curious Spaniards. We were all curious and were able to ¨talk bikes¨with the two fellows. After sharing some info and snapping a few photos, we were on our way for a quick and refreshing moonlit haul to Grenada.
Friends in Ronda
We had the privelidge of spending 2 more nights in Granda than we expected, which allowed the youth-filled town to really leave its impression on us. The declaration of free tapas with every drink makes this town especially appealing to the local students as well as the crowds of toursts from all across the globe. Free Tapas, however, are only second to the Alhambra. The Alhambra, an old Moorish palace ovelooking the city on one side, is the centerpiece of Granda, while the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains provide an icy chiseled background. Here are some facts- the palace proclaims the highest point in Grenada; was taken in 1492 by the Christians; inhabited since by Spain´s Ferdinando and Isabel and Emperor, Carlos V; adorned by intricate plaster work and an everpresent water moteif, the Alhambra comes highly recommended by these visitors.
Granada from the Alhombra
Sierra Nevadas Atop the Alhombra
After our last big ride to return Jaime´s bike to BMW Moto Rental we arrived in the capital city of Madrid, home to the Prado Museum which boasts an exceptional collection of artists, including: Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Rembrant, and Van Dyck to name a few. This entry ends a chapter in the expedition as Jaime heads stateside. We hope that the Spanish countryside, tasty tapas, and memories of quality family time abroad will never leave his side.