TRAVEL Q & A

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Q

Ev­ery­thing’s booked for a tour of Spain us­ing RIDE’S ex­cel­lent guides — ex­cept the fi­nal two days. I drop off the pil­lion at San­ti­ago de Com­postela air­port at 2pm, then a dash to catch the 3pm San­tander ferry the fol­low­ing day. Any point­ers for roads and a stop-over en route would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

A

From the air­port, take the N547 and A54 to Lugo, pick up the LU530, which be­comes the AS28 to Gran­das de Sal­ime. Then take the AS14 and AS15 to Can­gas de Narcea and overnight there. Next day, take the AS15 to the mo­tor­way and use that to dodge Oviedo. At J14 of the A64, pick up the N634, then the N625 and AS114. From Panes, take the N621 back to the A8 and ride to the port on the mo­tor­way with half-an-hour to spare.

Q

What are self-guided tours like? Are they a good idea?

A

You’re pay­ing a tour­ing com­pany for their ex­per­tise but once you set off, you’re on your own. They’ll have booked your cross­ings and ho­tels, and you’ll have their tried-and-tested routes but you ride them alone and you’ll have no com­pany in the evenings. It’s a good op­tion if you don’t have time to re­search routes and book stuff... but our RIDE Guide To Europe is stuffed with com­plete tours you can fol­low in the same way — you just have to do the leg­work of find­ing and book­ing your ho­tels, that’s all.

Q

My wife has agreed to come on a Euro­pean tour this sum­mer. The fur­thest we’ve been so far is to York (from home in Der­byshire). How many miles should we aim to do each day?

A

There’s no fixed fig­ure, as it de­pends on the roads: higher on mo­tor­ways, lower for moun­tains. It also de­pends on the pil­lion, so start gen­tly and see how you go… don’t put her off for life with a se­ries of 12-hour or­deals. Stop reg­u­larly for short (and we mean short) stops and don’t get too am­bi­tious. As­sume you’ll do two-thirds of the daily mileage you would rid­ing solo.

The AS14 is a pleas­ant way to cross north­ern Spain

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