Two years and 33,000 km later...Paco and Mila Gallardo had a simple plan: Buy a Harley, ride it. From their home of Alicante, they've explored every chance they got.
In December 2006 my wife Mila and I collected our Harley, a completely redesigned 2007 Fat Boy. Immediately, as though we had been shot from a starting pistol, we were out on the road.
We began to go out on little trips with our puppy, for weekend activities with the Chapter and whenever possible I’d go to work on the bike. At the end of April
2008 started with me and Mila going to the Marbella Chapter’s
Before we got to Vigo it began to rain, but the advantage of being accompanied by the event
From then on we began to enjoy the journey, along roads carefully chosen so that we could appreciate our Harleys as well as the scenery and the company of the other Touring Ride participants. Until then, Mila and I had only taken long trips by ourselves, and this was the first time we rode with other Harley enthusiasts.
Words fail to describe what we experienced during the trip; you have to have been there to feel the sensation. The written and spoken word can only express excitement but never
We reached Bussaço in Portugal and spent the night in a lovely hotel that was full not only of interesting architectural details but also of nice personal touches, because when we went to bed exhausted after an unforgettable day, the bed was already made up with a ‘good night’ sweet on the pillow, just like when Granny used to turn down the bed for us when we were little.
Next day, after a hearty breakfast, we set off for Cáceres, an old city with lots of historical monuments that met us with a warm welcome. We rode along A-roads
Back to the Touring Ride, which on its last day brought us some unforgettably enjoyable feelings of warmth towards the city of Sevilla. Together with the Sevilla
This gave us the chance to thank all the Touring Ride participants, all those present and especially the
Next day we said our goodbyes, although Mila and I took the opportunity to stay an extra day in Sevilla. On the way home, Mila and I planned a route from Sevilla via Cádiz, Arcos de la Frontera, Córdoba, Alcaraz, riding along A- and B-roads, and through pretty Spanish villages and beauty spots.
Apart from the typical architecture of cities like Córdoba and Cádiz, what stands out in the mind is the unique five-sided 16th-century tower in the town of Alcaraz. We arrived
The group ride to Barcelona promised to be unforgettable. And so it was, from getting up at the crack of dawn, leaving at four in the morning to arriving in Barcelona where it was all happening. Scores of Harleys were riding through the city, with people from all four corners of the earth taking part in an event that you don’t see every day.
After the summer the schools recommenced, with students anxious to start their courses. That’s when a few of us from the Chapter went to Granada on a trip
We had a great time in Granada, riding along the country roads and visiting well- known villages in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. We went to typical places in the city and really enjoyed the company of a bunch of Harley enthusiasts intent on having a good time.
With all these experiences, you can see that we haven’t been bored, planning and enjoying our trips, just my wife and I by ourselves or together with others. Either way, it’s all very pleasurable. The main thing is the desire to get what you want and to put all your efforts into achieving it. But what’s most important is not to be afraid – if you conquer your fears, you’ll feel free – and there’s nothing like the freedom you feel when riding a Harley.
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