I left Portugal yesterday and am now close to the border to France.
The paperwork for Spain was good, they let me drive through.
I hope it goes as easy at the French border. Two papers are needed there (this and this).
I didn’t came across any police checkpoints in Spain at all. I was mainly riding the highways (autopistas and autovias).
All hotels I saw by the road were closed. But I successfully booked small ones in the countryside. I‘m not sure if they were legally open or if they have a special permission…
In France I got checked for the paper at the border and again on the highway at about 70km south of Bordeaux. You have to print it before getting to France, they don’t seem to have the form available at the border! The hotels seem to be open in France, but small B&Bs and AirBNBs are either closed or are only allowed to host essential workers. I tried to book three different apartments and got canceled every time.
I enjoyed some Swiss food! 😋
Friends brought me some cheese fondue and cervelats!
and that’s how you grill a sausage on the road!
You know you are in Spain when you see the toro!
Interesting story: it’s basically an advertisement for an alcoholic drink (Brandy). But since 1994 is forbidden to advertise alcohol on roadside billboards so the iconic Toros must be removed. But because of their popularity they could stay and went to public domain.
Friends came to Madrid and we spent some nice days together!
Somebody stole my cherry can last night and tried to break into my side pannier! Fortunately the lock held up and still works!
This happened in Ciudad Real in Spain. It’s the second time my cherry cans got stolen, first time was in Canada!
Latin America is safer…
Jemand hat gestern Nacht meinen Ersatzkanister geklaut und versucht, den Seitenkoffer aufzubrechen! Zum Glück hat das Schloss gehalten und es funktioniert noch!
Das war in Ciudad Real in Spanien und ist das zweite mal, dass mir die Kanister geklaut wurden! Das erste mal war in Kanada! Latin Amerika ist sicherer…