Whether you ride the latest sportsbike, tourer, classic bike or vintage scooter, are about to embark on a round the world adventure, or simply use your motorcycle to commute. If you are into motorcycles and you want to know the latest technology, gadgets, apps, blogs and websites to enhance your motorcycling experience, then ridewithtech.com is for you.

I’ve made it to Benalmadena Pueblo

On Saturday March 28 at around 1530 I reached my base at Benalmadena Pueblo.  It took me 3 days and five and a half hours (including the 24 hour ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao) riding the Family Truckster 740 miles from London to Portsmouth and from Bilbao to the apartment in Benalmadena Pueblo that would be my base in Andalucia for the next 4 weeks.

It was baking hot on my arrival – around 30 degrees – adding to the difficulty of finding the exact location on the apartment within a densely populated residential development on the side of a quite steep south facing hill.  The GPS got me close but not right to the front door.  After venturing down a few dead ends I was finally forced to park up and continue my search on foot. Manoeuvring the fully loaded Family Truckster in these tight streets with the winter lining in my motorcycle suit intact would surely see me drop it due to combination of uneven surfaces dehydration and exhaustion before I’d searched all available Calle’s (streets) in the development.

I was so glad I’d stopped just short of the Pueblo to take a few moments with my motorcycle jacket off to cool down and have a bottle of cold water before starting the final, seemingly lengthy search for my new digs.

Benalmadena Pueblo

The views over Benalmadena Pueblo from the restaurant where I stopped for a refreshing bottle of water

A few days later it now seems so simple. The GPS was very close to the mark but the first time in a new place is never that easy.   Plus, did I mention the heat? and the winter lining in my motorcycle suit? I was probably suffering early stage heat stroke!

Getting off the bike and walking was the key, but I was soon confronted with another dilemma.  Why are there two apartments next to each other (both with external entries to the right street) with the same number?  The number I was looking for?  Some days are never easy but it was my third day running of having trouble finding my accommodation.  I had a 50/50 chance of getting it right.  My enquires at the first door came up empty – no one was home.  I rang the telephone number of my hosts but no answer. I was only a few minutes earlier than my estimated arrival time. On ringing the doorbell at the second apartment I was greeted by my Airbnb host – success at last!

After making our respective introductions I retrieved my motorcycle and rode it the short distance to it’s Benalmadena Pueblo home for the next four weeks, right outside the kitchen window of the end apartment, just next to the front door.

Benalmadena Pueblo Apartment

I quickly removed my motorcycle jacket, began unloading and bringing my luggage inside as my host showed me around and explained the house rules and “do’s and don’ts”.  He’s a really nice guy and we seemed to be chatting forever but all I really wanted to do was change into a pair of shorts and a fresh t-shirt.

Eventually, while he was explaining where the local supermarkets and best restaurants, I just removed my boots and socks while telling him how cold it was at Portsmouth when I’d left a few days earlier.  Surprised the stench of my socks hadn’t sent him fleeing for the door he continued with his welcome to Benalmadena Pueblo and my apartment speech.  Not being able to stand the heat any longer, after first excusing my inability to tolerate the heat for any longer, I simply removed my motorcycle trousers – winter lining intact.  Undeterred my host continued on, leaving me with a lot of very useful knowledge that would come in handy at my first opportunity to explore the immediate neighbourhood.

Calle-Jaen-Benalmadena-Pueb

With all relevant information now relayed to me my host handed me the keys and left me to unpack, rehydrate and reflect on the ride from Valdepeñas.

It was pretty uneventful really, most of the way on Autovias with the landscape changing from vineyards to olive groves within an hour of rejoining the A-4.  The roads were good and I was making excellent time by the time I turned onto the Autovia Sierra Navada and edging ever closer to Granada. Pretty soon I had a great view of the snow covered peaks of Sierra Navada as the Autovia skirted around Granada taking me south-west for Malaga on the A-92.

I stopped to refuel myself and the Family Truckster at Chauchina taking in the great view of Sierra Navada at Restaurante Marinetto.

sierra navada seen from restaurante marinetto

I ordered the House Salad for lunch – an interesting combination of lettuce, carrot, beetroot, pineapple, avocado, blue cheese, ham and tinned tuna.

House Salad at Restaurante Marintto

It was ok and a with a bottle of cold water taking in the stunning view it was a good opportunity to take a break from the ever increasing heat of the day with my jacket off and recharge my batteries for the final leg to Benalmadena Pueblo via the outskirts of Malaga.

restaurante marinetto-chauchina-granada

An hour and a bit later I cruised past Malaga and was soon turning off the Autovia for Benalmadena. The rest of the story you already know. I’d made it!

Valdepenas to Benalmadena Pueblo

The ride/ferry from London to Benalmadena was done – this Vuelta a Andalucia was in full swing.  But first I’d take a couple of days off the Family Truckster and take some time to explore my new surroundings.

Once I’d unpacked and changed my first priority was the local supermarket to grab some provisions for breakfast and the occasional lunch.  Luckily for me the local supermarket was still open when I finally made it there around 6pm and I was able to grab all the things I’d needed.

After dropping my groceries off at the apartment my thoughts turned to dinner and tapas.  My host had told me earlier of the best tapas bar close by so that’s where I headed – La Taperia.  Maybe I’d been spoilt by my experience the previous night in Valdepeñas as unfortunately I found La Taperia most disappointing.

la taperia benalmadena pueblo

Never mind, I’ll just have to find a better one – with so many restaurants in walking distance this will not be a chore for me and I have plenty of time to check them all out!

Vuelta a Andalucia: Real time updates

Twitter-logo

As some readers will have probably realised by now, I’m a little behind in my Vuelta a Andalucia blogs.  It’s tough to find the time to get to all the great roads and interesting places plus edit videos, photos and write blog posts – but I promise I will get around to it when time […]

Continue reading...

Valdepeñas: Best hotel wifi ever and great tapas

great-tapas-FI

I will remember my brief stay in Valdepeñas for the great tapas I had at Venta del Comendar and the best ever free wifi at Hotel Central.  Unfortunately there isn’t much more to say about this quaint but unremarkable town even though Spain tourism would like you to believe otherwise. I arrived at where the GPS […]

Continue reading...

The N-403: One of the best motorcycle roads in Spain

n403-feature-image

The N-403 has to be one of the best motorcycle roads in Spain.  It was near perfect this glorious spring afternoon – for me and the Family Truckster anyway. It even has it’s own Wikipedia page – pretty brief really.  Just the practicalities of where it is – it doesn’t reveal much about it and certainly […]

Continue reading...

Police Escort out of Ávila

Avila-police-escort-FI

Ávila was not the original route I had planned – but seemed like a good idea to take in more of Spain’s N roads – and as a bonus I was rewarded with a police escort! I pulled out of the hotel garage in Segovia around 11am on Friday morning having quickly worked out that […]

Continue reading...

Barely enough time for exploring Segovia

exploring segovia from the hotel don felipe

I was super keen to begin exploring Segovia but not being able to get into my hotel room was going to delay this somewhat.  On the cardboard sleeve containing my room access card key I’d been given at check in  I was certain the room number was written as 207.  But I was wrong – […]

Continue reading...

Heading south to Segovia

segovia-aqueduct-FI

My route to Segovia after leaving the ferry in Bilbao was pretty basic.  South on the Autopistas (motorways with tolls) and Autovias (free motorways) in northern Spain before heading south-west along a Nacionales (national highways) – my favourites – to Segovia and the Hotel Don Felipe in the Old City. In researching for this post I was […]

Continue reading...

The tour starts – Portsmouth to Bilbao

About to leave for the Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry

My very own Vuelta a Andalucia has started – it’s great to be back on the Family Truckster going south on what should be the most boring leg of the trip – Portsmouth to Bilbao.  Relatively straightforward this bit, have done it before.  The last time though I had a bit of trouble – the […]

Continue reading...

The preparation continues for my Spain motorcycle tour

One of Woburn's finest, the Black Horse Pub

I now had a good outline in place for my Spain motorcycle tour.  I was beginning to get touring fit and had secured ferry and accommodation bookings for my very own.  Now my focus turned to getting the Family Truckster ready, detailed route/ride planning and deciding what tech would accompany me on this Spain motorcycle tour. Getting […]

Continue reading...

Destination Spain – an obvious choice!

andalucia-map

After many hours honing my riding skills in the depths of winter in Southern England it’s apparent that “Destination Spain” is the obvious choice for my springtime European motorcycle tour. The Destination Spain decision is based on the following criteria: Warm enough for early Spring riding. Good roads Plenty of historical attractions to visit in the region […]

Continue reading...