Trip Start Sep 16, 2006
Trip End Sep 16, 2007

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

trying to ride a bike friendly road into gibraltar was a hunt, but we finally got good directions off some folks in front of the megaplex movie theater.  the ride took us past a few miles of oil refinery where the air quality was really bad and the scenery kinda dismal but asides from that it seemed to be a popular bicycle route.  hmm. 
to get onto the rock of gibraltar you ride across the airport runway. pretty weird and unfortunately we didn't see the runway in action. 
gibraltar's a scruffy town -as trevor and janet called it.  kinda strange, andyes scruffy.   it's a rock with a tourist drawing gondola riding to the top where they have some poor captive monkeys in a 'reserve'.  t's expensive too.  but we were looking forward to stocking up on books and did.  we found a good used book shop disguised as a art supplies store. 
we had fun cruising around at night looking for urban camping.  our original plan was to stay in a hostel but that was really unaffordable, the gibraltar pound is too pricey for our budget.  so we rode around the perimeter of the rock.  really cool little tunnel passages.  it's pretty nice riding,  we were stopped by the police and told to put our blinkies on. for good reason,  it seems young 'race car drivers' come from all around to rev. their engines and drive really fast on the cute little perimeter road. the cars are low to the ground, heavy bass blasting, bassey engine sounding, and fast driving.  really uncomfortable to 'share the road' with. 
well our campspot was really scruffy! perfect.  we slept at point europa, the furthest point on the continent. kurt found what was once a construction site for a tourist view point,   it seemed the project was abandoned -so no one would bother us and we were safe from the crazy drivers.  left behind were some container boxes and a dump of office furniture.  since it was a really windy night we made a shelter using the office tables and random sheets of plywood to make walls and keep the wind off ourselves.  we slept well: hidden from the cold, across the street from gibraltar's mosque with it's red airplane visibility light blinking away, and with a view of container ships cruising through the strait.  the strait of gibraltar!
in the morning we found out we couldn't complete our loop around the rock because some boulders havd fallen and blocked a tunnel.  so we rode up a bit, over, and off the rock back the way we came.  leaving behind the haze of smog.  for the next 2 or 3 days we could see the haze and the rock, yes it's even lit up at night. 
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