The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

Ruta de la Plata’

Kings, Romans, Fog & Sun

We started off our new year cycling in Spain with a rolling 70km ride from Caceres to Merida on a cold, but clear and sunny day. The road was extremely devoid of traffic which made cycling a dream. Due to the upcoming festival of Epiphany, or Reyes, we had booked an apartment in Merida for… Read More

Happy New Year Cycling Spain

Three blissful days of cycling the Ruta de la Plata in Spain! As we left Bejar for the 60km trip to Plasencia, it was bitterly cold and windy, but after a stiff climb out of the city, the sun soon warmed our faces and it was all downhill. The scenery was superb being surrounded by… Read More

Ham Anyone? Cycle Spain

If you are a vegetarian, forget this part of central Spain. Everywhere, the pig and its delicacies are an everyday part of passing the time in bars, cafés and restaurants with the obligatory vino de la casa. If you are not vegan, then console yourself with superb cheeses, olives and bread to die for. We… Read More

Foggy Spain

We were sad to leave the historic city of Zamora especially as the early morning start was shrouded in dense freezing fog. Once out of the city, the N630 was extremely devoid of traffic, and even the parallel motorway was hardly busy for a Saturday. It was a rolling 67km to Salamanca and unfortunately the… Read More

Spanish Plains

Flat and flatter! That is all that can be said of the 73km ride from Leon to Benavente. Yet the weather is improving. No rain and when the sun breaks through it feels wonderful on the face. But it is still cold! The N630 is straight as straight could be so much so that you… Read More

Ruta de la Plata – Albergues

Most of our guides and maps for the Ruta de la Plata promote hostels or Albergues as economic places to stay along the route. Sadly, at this time of year, many are closed. So we have been using booking.com who have a brilliant app and website for finding accommodation. When we left Oviedo, we knew… Read More

Ruta de la Plata – Tomorrow

Tomorrow we join the Ruta de la Plata and head south. Soon we will climbing almost 1,000m to Puerto de Pajares once a destination on Vuelta a Espana. And snow is forecast. That’s why we have spent three days here in historic, enchanting Oviedo, resting and preparing for the route ahead. Getting here from Ribadesella… Read More

Spain – We’re off!

Tuesday 2 December 2014. As we always do, we were early at Brittany Ferries for our 11am sailing from Portsmouth to Santander on Pont Aven. Yet we were checked in almost immediately and only had to wait 20 minutes in the lounge before boarding. Now it’s 10am and we have stowed the bikes, settled into… Read More