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A report on the overnight at Pantano Del Bermejales, Southern Spain June 29-30. The journey there was comfortable apart from a section after Fuente del Conde, Cordoba where the decent surface was very loose, the farmers had put another track across the field but not knowing this we decided to follow the route. It took five hours in heat of over 40C (104F) to get to the place that we eventually stayed for the night, a total of 113 kilometres mainly off road at slow speed, after scouting about for suitable spots our chosen camp site for the evening was well away from roads and the nearest track was just a footpath. Brendan (aged 73) unfortunately toppled over while slowly negotiating a turn during which he lost contact between the ground and his feet, happily no damage was done to either the bike or the rider. After choosing the camp we travelled back along the lakeside to replenish our fuel supplies, surprisingly between us both the cost was less than seven euros. We had dinner at the official camp site restaurant, looked around the site and beach area, then headed back around 20:30 to set up camp before dark. It's illegal to wild camp here so set up at dusk and take down at dawn. The night was quite cold (15C) on the lakeside and there was the constant noise of fish breaking the surface of the water in the small bay beside us plus what I can only assume were woodpeckers constantly hammering at trees in the woods all around, around fifteen geese paddled past us heading for the beach area closer to the dam. At dawn the herons flying above us made sure we were awake with the loud calling, Dogs barking in the distance and the woods alive with bird calls, what a great place to wake up and view the vista before us. We packed all our gear away by 09:00 not wanting to be seen if anyone was taking their morning walk, as it was we didn't see anyone at all on our ride along the lakeside back towards civilisation. Back at the campsite bar we had breakfast and a coffee, quick wash and brush up and we started to head home. On the return section some of the tracks were little more than donkey routes from years ago, wide enough for a cart but the surface in places was loose and extremely steep, Brendan likened it to "full blown trials riding". Twice we came across fences blocking the way, the first was at the top of the steepest and hardest ascent so rather than going back we managed to move it enough to get past and then put it back as we found it. The second detour was not as simple, there was a pad lock on the posts but a sign saying " sierra de puerta". After some debate we took an adjacent track and following a compass bearing we eventually picked up on the original route. The tracks were physically extremely demanding on this journey so when we got to Salar just 39 km from our starting point and two and a half hours into the ride we decided to take to the tarmac for the remainder of the journey, get home, have a shower and a beer. I have to say a big congratulations to Brendan, at eleven years my senior he bought the bike to take on these adventures. I only hope that I have his stamina and determination when I get there (if I do). We are hoping for more riders on future adventures, if there are any TW200 riders hiding out there and living in my part of the world, please get in contact. Spain's a big place with lots of tracks and no trespass law. Regards Jeff
 

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i lived a year in granada, wonderful country. thanks for the views of your ride, many more adventures.
 

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I would love to post more reports of adventures here in Southern Spain but unfortunately most riders here seem to prefer the sports style of machine and neglect to enjoy the real countryside. My friend Brendan purchased his TW200 only three weeks ago so we both now have the same ride. I would say that the majority of adventure bikes would not have managed to negotiate the route that the mighty Tdubs got us through, these small bikes never fail to amaze me.
 

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More adventure reports, please! Like to see others enjoying touring TWs through the less traveled countryside. Most adventure bike riders don't know what their missing. Sounds ike a great camping ride.
 
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