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Entries from July 16th, 2008

Day One – Transition

July 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment · News

State Department Business, The Menu of the Day, and a Test-ride up to the Cemetery

Passport problems?  Yeah, tell me about it.  Our first morning in Madrid had the added task of expediting a new passport for my son in addition to the 126 km trip to Sigüenza.  Lucky for us the time difference and unusually hot weather helped wake us up early.  Having flown the red-eye, I’m not counting the previous day at all.  I think we ate ribs at my brother-in-law’s house, but I can’t be sure.

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Sigüenza Travel Tools

July 12th, 2008 · No Comments · Miscellania

Sigüenza - The Old MapFor some reason, I’m one of those people that has an unusual interest in maps and tourism information.  Hmmm?

Over 10 years ago, I got this map from the Sigüenza Tourism Office when they first opened in the refurbished Ermita del Humilladero.  Besides some rudimentary rack cards from some local businesses, this was the extent of the tourism information that was available.  Could it be that those were pre-Google days?  Gads.  Along with this map, here are the tools you will need to plan a trip to Sigüenza.

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Riding like Quijote

July 9th, 2008 · No Comments · News

During the Day, but Lounging Like the Doncel at Night

Doncel of Siguenza

I’m not totally hip to the stories, but I’m pretty sure whoever Quijote was, he did some riding.  Having done several visits now to visit the In-laws in Spain, it is safe to say that we have distilled things down to a very comfortable routine.  Here’s is the template:

  1. Pack for heat and bicycling around Sigüenza.
  2. Fly to Madrid.
  3. Head for Sigüenza.
  4. Breakfast, Ride, Lunch, Nap, Walk or Spin, Merienda, Dinner.
  5. Repeat for as long as we are there.
  6. Pack bikes, go to the airport.

We go to Sigüenza because my wife’s family has their country house there.  Sort of like going up to the Camp, kind of like Lyon Mt., but not really.  I’ve been biking for decades (!) and in many places, I declare the quality and variety of bike riding around Sigüenza to be 8 out of 10.  We are riding both on and off-road. The following map is our comfortable range which we can explore by bike doing 3-5 hour day-rides (me Single Speed w/Trail-a-bike).

Siguenza Bike Range

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