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Public bicycles

I love cities with public bicycles, here in Melbourne on my first day I already tried the Melbourne Bike Share. They are all around city center. The only downside is that by law we need a helmet (but they sell cheap ones on vending machines and 7 Eleven shops).

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Cycling

I went cycling around Cairns and relaxed on the pool/lagoon.

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Travel through Spain

Fotor0330221037See the posts on travels in Spain -  Baleares Islands in 2004 and 2006

  • Mallorca (2004)
  • Menorca (2006 – em breve)

See the posts on travels in Spain – Catalonia in 2003


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Bike tour Terra Alta: Nonaspe – Arnes – Tortosa


Friday we got a train from Barcelona to Nonaspe where a part of the group stayed camping. As i didn’t have a tend I continued with two more friends to sleep in a hostel in Caspe (Aragon). Next morning we got the first train back. We got together with the group at Nonaspe train station to start the tour organized by Abert (Gata and amics de la bici). We biked towards Batea where we stopped to visit the village, the small streets, the church… We had a break, a snack before lunch. From there we continued to Caseres. We stopped a few times. Once to fix the chain of a girl’s bike. Then to look at the map, we were a little lost.  Since we had to go up many times, my knee started hurting. I had already felt some pain on my last bike tour…

When we get to Caseres stated raining so we had a long lunch break.  The way from there was beautiful, many fruit trees. By then, I couldn’t enjoy the tour anymore, my knee was hurting a lot. I couldn’t move it...

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Bike tour: Cervera – Bellpuig – Lleida

We left Barcelona on a two hour trip to Cervera where we met other people and Lluis, who was organizing the tour. We started visiting the town, its interesting center with some narrow streets. I really liked the street of the
witches where there is a tunnel through the houses.

From Cervera we continued to Bellpuig through a former trail from Sant Jaume de Montserrat to Santiago. It was a pleasant trip because the whole itinerary was flat and we could go relaxed appreciating the landscape. We passed through some small towns and stopped for picnic by some irrigation water canals. They were beautiful because they looked like small rivers.

In Bellpuig we slept in a hostel from the municipal district (it was clean and organized). Dinner time I end up trying the snail, typical food from the region. The feeling was horrible. The idea of getting a stick and digging out the nasty animal from its shell and eating didn’t attract me. I tried one, the taste wasn’t that bad...

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Bike tour Ripoll – Olot – Girona


I decided to go on a bike tour organized by Carles from amics de la bici. We left Barcelona on a Saturday morning. We took the train to Ripoll where we started the journey. By the arrival at the train station in Ripoll, Albert was waiting for us with some white cloth meant to do flags for peace. We did the flags and placed them on the bikes.
The trail was constructed on some old train tracks. After about 10km we stopped at the old train station from Sant Joan de les Abadesses in order to keep the group together. We went in town to visit the historic center and have some coca (sweet bread typical from the region). A few kilometers later we stopped for lunch. Picnic on the grass. Awesome!

After lunch we continue to Olot stopping a few times in order to keep the group together. There was some way up, way down and flat paths. Sometimes there was no effort, it was only to sit on the bike and observe the landscape. By arrival at Olot we stopped to visit an area of an old volcano...

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Vienna and its surroundings

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I decided to go to Vienna to see a cousin, Lucia, who is there doing her post-doc. By my arrival she suggested me the next day program: to bike around the small villages near Vienna. I seams that she had read my thoughts, I was tired of cities, people, museums, monuments… It would be great to spend a day biking near nature.

From Vienna we got a train to Tulln where we met her workmates and got the bikes. We got a train to Melk. From there we biked to Spitz where we stopped to have lunch. Then we continued to Krems, passing through small villages, wineries, apple, plum and apricot trees… On our way we stopped at Dürstein to enjoy the landscape. We end up the tour in Hadersdorf, in a Heuriger, where we had the local wine. It was incredible to see how they are prepared to cycling. There are bike road all over Austria. One can go anywhere by bike, the special bike roads are by the freeway, or train rail, or the Danube, or through the woods… I loved it.

Following day we went back to...

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Travel through Bolivia 2001

Bolivia

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San Pedro Atacama

The small town of San Pedro Atacama looks like it is Sunday everyday. Early in the morning there is nobody on the streets, they are waking up slowly. The electricity is only during the day. It starts at 8am and goes to 1am. On Sundays and holidays it stared at 10am. On my first 2 days in town, there was no electricity because the generator was broken. For sure it is not a good place to have an ice-cream.

An interesting point of the city is Licancabur volcano, it can be seen from almost everywhere in San Pedro Atacama. It worked as a magnet for me, anywhere I had been, I was always searching for it on my landscape view.

I visited Pukara de Quitor, 3kms from town. I waked there to see the surroundings. It is a ruin, maybe it used to be a fort, constructed on the wall of a hill. Next day I rented a bicycle to go a little further, Tulor, about 11km from town. The way there it was already a good part of the trip. I went through a small unpaved road...

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Bicycle tour to Coroico

I had seen on tv as well as met people who had done this tour before. So I decided to do a bike tour in the “most dangerous road in the world”, it is from La Paz to Coroico.

We left La Paz at 8:30am and went by a bus van to the highest point called La Cumbre. There we got our bikes to go down. In the first kilometers the road has pavement and it was not too busy. We could reach hight speed. Some say it can be 70km/hour, for sure I was not one of those.

After a short period of time we stopped to see the landscape and have a chocolate, after all, it was really cold. At La Cumbre it was snowing and with the cold wind of the speed, I had the feeling of freezing. We went up a little bit to reach the end of the pavement. There were many tractors and trucks on the road and then it started the unpaved road. Here it began the very dangerous part of the tour. From there on, we had to go down by the left side of the road, that means, the side of the precipice...

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