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  • Writer's pictureDirk De Marelle

The missing link

Updated: May 30

Linda likes to connect all the trips we did and there were still some loose ends in the south of Spain. Between Christmas and new year, we will drive to Salamanca to celebrate the new year and on January 2, we will continue further south to Andalucia to start cycling a loop of about 1750 kms, connecting 3 previous trips which we did over the years.

In 2009, we bought our first trekking bikes, Koga Travellers, and our maiden trip was a tour around the Portuguese Algarve region, also crossing the Spanish border at Ayamonte.

In 2015, we switched to Santos bikes (Travelmaster 2.9) and our first try out tour was from Alicante to the Dessert of Tabernaz near Almeria. This area has for years been popular as a movie location. From the 60's for "Lawrence of Arabia", the spagetty westerns in the 70's such as "The good, the bad and the ugly" up to more recently for certain episodes of Game of thrones.

In 2018, we cycled from home in Belgium to Granada, a trip of around 3000km.

The original plan was to cycle to Malaga but we both got some food poisoning while in Granada and we did the last 150 km by car as we had to catch a flight back.

We have no idea yet where exactly we will start the loop, but along the way and if the weather permits, we will pass Sevilla, Cordoba, Jaen, Granada, Almeria, Malaga, Ronda, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Jerez and Huelva.

We plotted the track using GPS tracks and info from "Cycling to Andalucia" by Benjaminse, The Ruta de las Alpujarras and Ruta de al-Mutamid from the website of El Legato Andalusia, and tracks from the TransAndalus by mountainbike.

To connect all of it, we used Garmin Basecamp.

As the trip will be on a mixed type of roads and tracks, we intend to take minimum luggage and we will use our Santos 4.29 adventure bikes.

We should be back in time for the "Fiets en Wandelbeurs" in Ghent where you can check out our fully loaded bikes.

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