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April 11Spain Barcelona/Pension Mari-Luz (1900Pts)

Casa Mira

@Today I was going to sightseeing but it rained again. So I went to a internet cafe for the first time in this travel. And this is the first time to update the web page. However, it couldnft be connected to the LAN of the cafe in spite of the struggle for an hour. Fortunately, the staff had me to use their analogue line for talking. Very kind staff. I managed to update my page. This cafe takes 850pts per hour, quite cheap. I gave them 1000pts as they helped me so much. 

It was getting sunny just after the cafe, and I went out by moto. Picasso museum, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mira, guell park.  



April 12@Spain Culuerra/Camping (1150pts)

At a national road between Barcelona and Valencia
Leaving Barcelona, going to the south further along the Mediterranean. I run all days today. Though I was going to stay in Valencia, I met a German rider on the national road. After some talking in the terrible traffic jam, we went to a camping site several km behind Valencia. It took quite a long time and it was past 21:00 when we got there. Bath were really tired, we went to our sleeping bags after some beer and chips, even without taking showers. I ran more than 400km today.

This is the first experience for me to stay a camping site in foreign countries. The price is 1200pts. Compared to Japanese one, facilities are better here. There are shower rooms, toilettes, a cookhouse, washing machines. And even electric power supply is available. Cool! Good for using a computer. In the reception, we can buy bread and beer.   


April 13@Spain Mazarron/Camping (830pts)

Andreas, a German rider (L)
A lot of camping sites are along the coast in the south of Barcelona. Today we stayed at a small town Mazarron, the campsite is by the sea and large. Looks cosy. We ran less than yesterday, however, the trip meter showed more than 300km. Running along the coast is quite hard for strong wind. A side wind makes the bike swing, and a head wind forces us more power. Very hard for a 250cc small bike. His bike is 660cc and I was behind him everytime.

We went into the mountain near a small town Pego, and had lunch at the mountainside. A baguette and can fish again. This is sinple but always delicious. Strangely enough, I get along well German. When I went to Australia, and when I was at a guest house in Japan, I had good friends. I wonder there are any common points between us.

According to him, in Germany, a Japanese TV program gTakeshi Castleh is now on the air. And he had had a wrong idea that Takeshi Kitano, who is a famous movie director, and Takeshi, who has a stupid costume and is always funny in Takeshi Castle, was different persons. Actually, he didnft know that he had not known that Takeshi a comedian is originally. He said most German are thinking like him.



April 14 Spain Mazarron/Camping (830pts)

The first time to see myself riding
Go off-road leaving our loads at the camping site. Andreas has a off-road map or something with him and we started relying on the map. After a search for some time, we found a dirt road, which is in a completely different view from Japanese one. Rock mountains on the right, and a cliff and the Mediterranean on the left. The road is wider and easier to run, not too much rutted. This road is only about 10km or something but I was satisfied with the first experience. But it seems that there are not many dirt roads in Europe. If you want to enjoy off-road only, you can more in Japan.

Coming back to the camping site, we cooked and ate dinner (pasta with tomato sauce, some sausage and paprika, sandwiches with some tuna and shell). He drank 4 cans of 500ml-beers, just like a German.  I did 2 San-Miguels and 1 bottle of red wine. Drinkie and talkie very much. We fell about laughing with stupid talk and fell on the bed around midnight. 




April 15 Spain San Jose/ Camping (1700pts)

21:30 at the campsite
To the south a bit more today. We arrived at a camping site in San Jose, which is located east to Almeria  Now it is about time to update this web but  I can run on dirt roads and I can enjoy with Andreas. Let the real travel take priority to the virtual travel.

We saw a wonderful view on our way here. All reddish-brown mountains with completely blue sky. After going over some mountains, the deep blue Mediterranean jumped into our eyes. Just the perfect contrast of colours. I wanted to stop and take some photos but he goes forward.

Siesta is common and thoroughgoing here in Spain. If we missed buying something by two ofclock or something, we have to wait until 5:00 or 5:30. If you start a supermarket business in Spain, you might overwhelm the countries market. Or you would have a tough boycott. 



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