Sketches of Spain
by Duncan Gough
A personal and practical guide to the richness of travelling in Spain.
Written from the experiences of the Author on many journeys through the country. Duncan particularly enjoys exploring the back roads, small villages and towns that are off the main tourist routes. However a number of world renowned and World Heritage sites like the Alhambra in Granada feature in the book.
He travels mainly on a large Italian motorcycle (Moto Guzzi) but the experiences, places and way of travelling are applicable to most forms of transport.
The book has many hand-drawn maps to give you ideas for places to fit into your own journey – viaje. There are sketches and photographs to excite your interest and give you a flavour of the rich experiences that can be found in this wonderful country.
For your safety there is a section dealing with some of the legal requirements for driving/riding in Spain and diagrams of road junctions that may be unfamiliar and potentially dangerous.
“Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.”
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Every year from 2000 till 2010 I rode to Spain on my Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro.
This book is largely about my experiences on those journeys, but also includes articles on more general motorcycling and travel themes as well as life and the way we experience it.
I hope that the reader will not only enjoy the telling, but will perhaps be inspired to commit their own journeys to paper; you will see that I have managed to improve the way I write, year on year, just give it a go! The printed version has over a hundred sketches, maps and photographs, the E-book version has of necessity only a few.
Of course I also hope to inspire you to set off for Spain yourself; to this end I have put in a number of maps, some of the common dangers of riding in Spain, books to read, and some cookery!
This is not a guide book; my intention is to encourage you to explore Spain in a way that you might not otherwise.
Although my journeys are normally on my motorbike I hope this will not discourage users of other vehicles from checking out places and roads that I have included here. Make your own assessment of the suitability of the road; as shown on your map, and as you find it. Don’t be afraid to turn back if it looks too difficult. Spanish roads frequently change. One year a pot-holed narrow road, with extremely tight hairpin bends, the next smooth new tarmac with graded corners, or anywhere in between!
I take no responsibility for your adventures. They are yours alone!
Back Roads of Spain
Being the account of a two week sojourn on Fuerteventura in the Canary islands. The purposes of which were to treat my Psoriasis and to write my novel away from all distractions.
7th Jan 2015. Birmingham International Airport, fleeing from the cold dark days of Northern Europe to hopefully sunshine and heat. Passport controls, take your shoes off, pull out your toothpaste and then once through a glance at all the ‘duty frees’ that seem, as or more expensive than the High Street. At last the caterpillar into the plane.
I just love the taxi out to the end of the runway, the exhilaration at having made it through all the officialdom and to be starting a journey and an adventure.
Walking out your own front door, bags in hand is a start, but this is the real moment of beginning.
Now comes that wonderful sequence, as after a few (sometimes long) moments of stillness the engine note changes, climbing in power, you can feel the tension between the brakes holding hard to the ground and the engine and wings wanting to fly. The brakes come off and we accelerate, faster and faster, the plane trying to leave us behind, and then; YES! That first wonderful airborne moment.
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ISLAND OF THE WIND.
Hi Duncan, Books arrived... Absolutely fantastic. I have a fair collection of motorcycle travel books and this is the best to date. I like the very personal, passionate and involved approach/style and the breadth of content; philosophy, ornithology, history etc. It's no exageration to say that I feel honoured to own copies of the book signed by the author. All the very best. Steve