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Spain by motorbike #6: La Ribera de Cubas via Alcala del Jucar


All these curves allow me to reshape my tires!

After 5 days of bingeing on tapas, all washed down with often alcoholic drinks, Aranjuez is already a distant memory. The call of the road ends up becoming urgent. I decide to leave in the afternoon, for a not too long walk towards Alcala del Jucar. Time to reaccustom my lower back to the soft vibes from the Forty Eightt.

So at the beginning of the afternoon (4:30 p.m. local time) I head towards Alcala del Jucar, a peaceful village crossed by the Rio Jucar, but especially renowned for its troglodyte houses. To prolong the pleasure, I decide to follow the path of Ribera de Cubas – nothing to do with the country of cigars, rest assured. My Cubas takes me to a pretty little village lost in the mountains, and above all served by superb, winding roads. In short, the perfect walk to change my previous journey and give some shape to my square tires!

The river has sculpted the rock in meanders for the greatest pleasure of bikers!

The river has sculpted the rock in meanders for the greatest pleasure of bikers!

Bends? Did you say turns?

The thermometer shows 37 degrees. The Vance & Hines “potatoe potatoe” wakes half the village from the torpor of a well-deserved nap. Here we go, on the way to Abengibre via – you guessed it – a beautiful 15 km straight line! Come on, I'm champing at the bit, because I know that the rest of the trip will be much more interesting. And in fact, after passing Abengibre it doesn't take long to enter a series of hairpin bends which, in addition to grating the toe clips, give me the banana again!

After this “virolesque” ride, I go down into the valley and get closer to the Rio Jucar. the basin effect, the temperature increases further... Fortunately, the imposing mountains offer some areas of shade and coolness, which keep the walk pleasant.

The village of Jorquera, nestled on a rock

The village of Jorquera, nestled on a rock

The landscape is superb… The road sometimes passes under the mountain! It is of extraordinary quality and the desert climate really allows me to enjoy it. The monumental foot!

I decide to take a little detour to Jorquera, a town in the heights that I cross through its narrow and typical streets. I go back through the village to reach a viewpoint overlooking the entire valley. The panorama is breathtaking – and a little leg-wracking, because the emptiness below is dizzying.

Ribera de Cubas, a magnificent road and landscape

I get back on the Forty Eight: direction Alcala del Jucar. Regular readers will remember that I came this way during my premier trip, at night. This time it's different: I can see more than 20 meters away! I stop for a cold drink on the terrace, and I take the opportunity to dip my feet in the artificial swimming pool of the Rio Jucar.

Return via the Ribera de Cubas. The road runs along cliffs around thirty meters high. The white impacts on the ground recall the violence of certain rockfalls. Suddenly, I feel less serene. If I get one on the corner of my helmet, I'll definitely act less smart!

The Ribera de Cubas road towards Jorquera runs along the cliff. Magnificent!

The Ribera de Cubas road towards Jorquera runs along the cliff. Magnificent!

90 km of curves towards Alcala del jucar to reshape my tires

Luckily, this time, there were no mineral shells to avoid on these 20 km of tortured road. I recover other turns which take me back towards the heights of La Mancha and their endless straight lines. Well, I've just covered 90 km of winding roads, I'm not going to start complaining!

Thus ends this perfect ride for an afternoon of quiet and yet very lively driving. I come home with sumptuous landscapes in my head, and good vibrations in my seat!

Next time, I'm going 300 km again.

See you soon and don't forget to brake!

A few more turns and I arrive at Alcala del Jucar

A few more turns and I arrive at Alcala del Jucar

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Bruno

Emeritus member of Motoblouz customer service, particularly in Spain where I currently reside to better serve our Spanish customers, I am a big fan of customs, in particular Harley-Davidson! you can find me on our Youtube channel France but also Spain, where I host product videos. And don't forget to brake!

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