Page 3 of steve_hoge Travel Blog Posts

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville November 19th 2007

We spent the last 3 days cycling and - after the weather took a turn for the worse - riding the train from Malaga to Seville. We hadn't really planned to travel much in Spain, but we've been adopting the "as long as we're here" attitude of the itinerary-free traveler and trying to ignore how we're being whacked by the dollar-euro exchange rate. Seville sounded very cool, so off we went. We didn't do too much training in Colorado for this trip (OK, none) so the hilly terrain between Malaga and Seville has jumpstarted our bicycle conditioning. The country here could easily pass for the coastal foothills of Central California, except that every square inch of the rocky soil is planted in olive trees. We've been going over hill and down dale on a route plotted ... read more
The GPS plotted this route...
Ardales, Andalusia, Spain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » M├ílaga November 18th 2007

Malaga Spain has been a wonderful surprise, much much more than the tourist ghetto we'd been expecting. This ancient city, palpably Roman but actually occupied much earlier by the Phoenicians, has shattered our stereotype of the shallow Costa Del Sol resort town. It's actually a decent-sized city, and getting from the airport into town was more of a challenge than we'd expected, even having perused Google sat photos beforehand. (For the record, there ARE sufficient connections across the riverside natural preserve area that cyclists don't need to take the heinous Autovia bridges into town.) The GPS guided us directly to our pre-selected, Lonely Planet-approved pension, the Hotel California. (Coincidently, Kate and I first met at a same-named hotel some 15 years ago in Baja, Mexico. Everybody say "Awwwh....") The beautiful room, with a Mediterrnean-view balcony, w ... read more
Offroad route from the Malaga airport
Malaguetas sign on the beach, Malaga
Tower door in Malaga's Alcazaba palce

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder November 15th 2007

A long delayed update... I won't try and catch up on all our travels since I originally signed up for this blog site. The stories from our wandering across the US by VW van, the two months in New Zealand, the trips to SW Utah and Iceland, and the cruising by sailboat in Maine and the Bahamas will have to be related in person - or you can at least get the visual story from the photo page at my website, . Now Kate and I are embarking on a somewhat more ambitious, long term trip with our bicycles, beginning in Spain and onto Morocco and beyond. In the usual frenzied final weeks before leaving Boulder, we rebuilt our bikes, put our finances on computerized autopilot, got all of our shots (THREE weekly injections for ... read more

North America » United States » California » Santa Cruz September 17th 2005

Overstayed my rental by a couple of days, but finally got the place cleared out, cleaned up and packed into the van.... read more

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