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REVISITING BIKING ROUTES COLERA, SPAIN

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My friend Stanley from France has a house in Morocco and has invited me to visit.  If I’m going to go that far, I’ve got some people & places I want to visit along the way.
Bike touring brings you places you may not experience, otherwise. When I biked through Colera, Spain 5 years ago I was only going to stay 1 night. After setting up my tent, I biked into town, I was here 2 weeks. I met Nuria a local artist who had her signature ants walking the street.  Hiking, Biking, Beach walking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving & more can all be found in Colera.
(3 Photos from 5 years ago)
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Gardening with Nuria, (you can see why I came back)

I asked to stay for 10 days? OK!  But like everywhere I stay, I contribute to the house.  I stacked and hauled firewood, washed windows, weeded some too.  Just lying around isn’t how I got here.  I’ve been hiking & biking some while I’m here.



I’M IN CATALUNYA COUNTRY (for sure)

Walking around Colera, there’s lots to see, lots of Nuria

NURIA HAS A BIGGER SIGN THAN THE CHURCH
LOCAL “ART” POSTER
NURIA’S LOCAL ART INSTALLATION
ANT INVASION (the Bar in the back is one of two)

There’s lots of work going on here: the camping’s new pools, railroad bridge and the housing. The sidewalks, parks and streets are all in great condition. When you travel and see how much crumbling infrastructure there is in the world. When you see it this nice you have to say “Thank you.”

FIXING THE RAILROAD BRIDGE

Colera is one road in and one road out. The town square: grocery store, bank, bar and community center.

CATALONIA IS NOT SPAIN
MY SNORKEL GUIDE FROM 5 YEARS AGO (above photo)
LOCAL BAR DOUBLES AS A DAY CARE CENTER TOO!

Outside of Colera is the abandoned city of Molinas. I biked out one day, then the next day Nuria decided she was going up, to work some on her house. I took a few photos, but also made a video of the bike trip and our return trip to see her rehabbed stone house.



VIDEO BIKE RIDE TO MOLINAS AND A REVISIT TO NURIA’S HOUSE

I walked 7km along the beach to the nearby community of Llanca. I brought a garbage bag and picked up 2 bags worth of plastics along the beach. I always get more from giving to a community than taking.

Salvador Dali’s home is Figueres, Spain, which is a 20 minute train ride from Colera. I’ve been there 2 times before, but I could never get in because it was FULL. The advantage of off-season travel is that museums, restaurants, buses, trains and more aren’t crowded. Nearly had the museum to myself.

SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM
BATH TUBE IN DALI’S BEDROOM
DALI’S BED
JEWELRY DESIGNED BY DALI
MORE DALI

Hiking close in around Colera is pretty great too.

MARINE PARK WHERE I WENT SNORKELING BEFORE
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF COLERA

They got some spiny sea-creature that we cut in half with scissors and ate the center of goop with french bread. It was just OK, a lot of work for little reward.

ARTIST HARD AT WORK

I’LL BE BACK FOR SURE
I CAME TO THE MARKET EVERYDAY JUST TO SAY HI AND SPEAK SOME ENGLISH!
THERE’S ALWAYS SOME ENGLISH AROUND

I’ll be back to Colera soon, not soon enough but soon. Tony at the campground said Sept. was the best time to come. I think he meant the kids are in school. Enjoy the blog.

JEFF

BIKING PRAGUE TO CESKY KRUMLOV

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I biked in the Czech Republic a couple years ago and thought it had some of the best signed & nearly carfree bicycle touring.  I tried to go this summer (2018), but there was too much stuff going on.  After volunteering at the Botanical Garden, I checked the weather in Prague, sunny for at least a week.  I was on the train the next day heading north to Prague with my bike.
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AMERICAN’S IN SLOVENIA: 3 WEEKS OF HIKING, BIKING, EATING & LAUGHING

 

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My good friend David (aka Chops) visited for 3 weeks from America.  We rented a car, loaded up the bikes and explored the hidden Gems of Slovenia, while visiting friends.
We started in Tolmin and stayed at Camp Vili,  Little did I know this would turn into the Ping Pong Tour Championship of Slovenia.
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KAMFEST & VELENJE is “BEST BEACH IN SLOVENIA”

I was bike touring around Slovenia, with Stanley from France, a few years ago.  We stumbled into Kamniks Festival-KamFest.  They filled the old town with high quality crafts, chopper bicycle show, food, music and “FREE BEER” from Mali Grad Brewery.  I biked back last week, to re-live this great event.

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THE RAISED & SEPARATED BIKE PATH MAKE PARTS A SAFE-ENJOYABLE RIDE.

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FLOATING CASTLE FESTIVAL: MUSIC, PUPPETS, JUGGLING and A BIKE.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BIKE & CAMPOUT IS HERE.

Someone told me about the FLOATING CASTLE FESTIVAL when I was at the Kranj Fest last week.  I was on the fence about going, but on Friday I packed up and took the bus to Sneznik Castle.  Camping for only 5 euro + 20 euro for a 2 day all events pass.  It’s  a weekend of music, puppet shows, comedy juggling, and yep Slovenian Crafted beer.  Watch out Portland & Oregon, we’re taking over.
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