Friday, February 18, 2011

#368 Vias Verdes etc

Last weekend we took our bikes up into the hills of Catalunya. First by train to Ripoll and then we rode up the Via Verde del Ferro i del Carbó, after that a tiny little rural road to Olot to stay the night.

Sunday, all the way down the Vía Verde del Carrilet (1) to Girona railway station where we took a train back to Barça. 100k of tracks and trails - excellent!

Sunday night we stayed with Carrie and went out and ate Japanese.

Monday morning went to the market and bought some Iberico ham as a present then drove into France to visit our friends Brian & Maureen. Next day we went with them and lunched with Madame Valette at her Auberge Lou Bordié (we were there last year - #344). I had to pull rank to get a table, she was originally "complet" so the ham was a little thank you present.

Wednesday we drove south and visited David & Jackie, had another long lunch. David has an extensive wine cellar (if you read this Snowy you can click on the pic to enlarge it, read the labels and shed a small tear).

Thursday back to Spain but we took the scenic route over the Pyrenees near to Andorra, dropped down the other side and stayed the night in the Parador de Alcañiz (very chi chi) and came away quite surprised that my credit card was accepted ;-)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

#367 Full Marks = Trek & Vittoria!

Have to report excellent customer service from both Vittoria and Trek. I got personal replies to my questions straight away. Good for them (and me).

You wonder how other companies can be so rubbish and not reply to a customer who wants to buy their products. Over the past year I still haven't had a reply from; Icebreaker clothing, TRP brakes and Velocity rims, so boo to them.

Friday, February 04, 2011

#366 Amazoning Again

I must be keeping Amazon in *profit! - four more books just arrived:

Pardon My French by Charles Timoney
Come & Gone by Joe Parkin
A Dog In A Hat by Joe Parkin
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

*I calculate that I have bought 31 Amazon books in the last 12 months, not counting the freebies and charity shop purchases - no wonder I need new reading glasses.