room availability at the french coast is very bad due to french vacation season kicking in at full force. jc will no longer drive to la rochelle, france, but instead will drive from bordeaux direction north west until he meets the red line again.
jc texted me > “have technical problem, am in albacete, call me pls” just a few seconds into our 3g-videocall it was clear what had went wrong… the pedal de-coupling mechanism has failed. in this state, the TWIKE can only go forwards, not backwards, since the backwards movement with the pedals engaged will mimic braking and eventually completely block the TWIKE > jc was at exactly this point – the TWIKE was completely blocked and he was unable to get it going without help. there is a temporary fix for this: manually de-couple the pedals using a large screwdriver and drive […]
being in spain, not renting, but rather owning an apprartment affords me with some perks other people don’t have when they come as tourists… first of all, i, usually, at the end of july, get to participate at a property owners’ meeting where very important issues such as the change of the parking entry gate (after 18 years use) is discussed. on the other side, however, i get to open the utility bills which have been accumulating during the year. my wife was here in march, sometimes we spend a week or so in autumn in spain, too. at any […]
quick update on TDE2012. cruizing around alicante and creating quite a stir anywhere we go. then my family arrives and we head out to the airport to pick them up > one of our daughters will certainly want to drive back to the apartment with the TWIKE! JC & I have been planning the next leg of TDE2012 > a map with the exact route will be posted here shortly. jc is staying until thursday and then will head up north towards the atlantic. the GPS tracker will be active, so the global positioning page and location badge on the […]
we depart from la font de la figuera – very aware that this is the last stage of TDE2012 with Andrew and JC driving together, but more on that later. the blue line takes us, yet again, from hilltop to hilltop. one thing we’re sure of is: today we will end up at 0 metres – sea level. heading towards Alicante we take a wrong turn (since the smartphone had already overheated again and was temporarily cooling) and headed down from our 900metres towards jijona. jijona is the home of 1880 turron and delicious jijconeca ice cream. so this is […]
after a very nice cup of tea with some toast and home made jam we head – yet again – towards a nature reserve and some promising climbs. even though it is still early, we immediately notice that today will be much hotter than the other days. after just 20kms, we arrive at a larger, flat valley with some rather high hills in the distance. the hills look odd, since normally they are beige with some dark green spots. these hills, however, are dark! as we come closer, we see what happened to these hills: wildfires! everything, and I mean […]
we leave quite early – on our way out of the village, we wave good-bye to the people who helped us the day before. such a small place! one lane roads winding through the village barely wide enough for the TWIKE and everyone knows everyone > better not be in trouble with any of your neighbours > they are about 2.5 metres away from your front window! just as we leave the village behind us, we get our first glimpse of the sea in the distance. there is still a lot of dust in the air and would it not […]
a new day awaits us and we are looking forward to driving towards northern spain today. big black clouds are pushing over the mountain tops and are getting cought in andorra’s valley – best to be on our way, before the rain starts to fall! we keep rolling down Andorra valley towards spain and keep on coming past one petrol station and shopping place after another. it’s getting boring and we ought to get out of here on those grounds, too! again, rather unceremoniously, we leave Andorra and enter spain where, after just a few hundred meters, TW231 takes a […]