Monday, October 01, 2007

Diary of a Goldwinger Part 4 - Gúdar 2007

Meet at Ibi at 9am were the instructions given for another night away with Goldwing Club Es, which we did and were met by 6 other solos and 1 trike, we had met all but one winger before at various weekends, the new guy with his Dutch wife was on a new 1800 it was his first bike for 20 years so a big step for him. We set off at 9:30 having to wait for Juan and his wife Fina, I guess he must have stopped for his usual coffee and brandy.

We carried up past Valencia at a steady place stopping at a service station, filling up and meeting another four wings, at the next stop for fuel and a late breakfast we were greeted by another five bikes. This made 17 in total. The breakfast was as chaotic as normal but following a huge slab of bread and jamon we set off. We rode for about another hour before turning of up a very rough road, Lorna and I were not sure what to expect as we didn't know much about the weekend, after a couple of 3 point turns on a tiny road covered in gravel we rode into a tiny village with narrow cobbled streets with streets not much wider than the trike and arrived at the hotel, It turned out to be a very nice place called Gudar with fantastic views.

The rooms are not ready so we will have dinner now, following the normal feast with huge amounts of beer etc we sorted out the rooms, we were put in a huge apartment, unpacked and set off for a walk around the village.

As normal most of the others went for a siesta, we found the village bar, a tiny place, full of locals playing cards and dominoes, a couple of beers later we sat outside the hotel to look at the fantastic views, then we noticed a couple of Eagles gliding over the mountains, what a fantastic sight that was.

Following the Eagle viewing we made our way into the hotel dining room for the normal three hour meal and more introductions to other club members.
I spoke to the new winger and his wife and asked how he found the trip up, He had enjoyed the journey but had found the 3 point turns a bit scary on such narrow roads covered in gravel.

Sunday saw us up and having had breakfast booked a quad for an hour to ride out around the area , this had been arranged by the club with a local company in the village, It seems that despite being a tiny village up in the mountains the quad business is very successful, with 6 quads and 2 buggies very busy all year round.

We set off with 4 quads and 2 buggies, with the president of the club and his family following in his new Range Rover, we rode around the area for about an hour and it was great fun, of course the Range Rover handled it with no problem, cant say the same for the paintwork as went through some very narrow thorny areas and it made a right mess of his bodywork with some very bad scratches, he didn't seem that bothered by it despite everybody pointing out the worst of the scratches. On arrival back at the hotel Lorna and I walked up a small path at the back of the hotel, it wound up and up, on arrival at the top we looked over some amazing views then watched in awe as eight Eagles soared very close to us and went up and up into the cloudless sky, quite a sight to see.

Yet again it was time to eat and as normal a couple of hours later we packed the bike and set off, just Juan and I as the others had left at various times, we covered the 350 ks in no time at all and arrived home about 8pm. Yet again another great weekend, having met and made more friends, but the Eagles made it for us. Next weekend we are off to Andorra , not a wing weekend but an big concentration with a thousand bikes expected.