Hospederia del Vino, Ábalos, Spain

During a recent visit to the La Rioja region of Spain, I had the pleasure of staying at the Hospederia del Vino. Located at the very edge of the hamlet of Ábalos, this is an active winery with a comfortable guest house, complete with pool and hot tub.

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The main building seen above features several guest room and the various places for dining and meeting. Here’s a look at the pool, which is indoors.

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Plenty of room in the water for you and all your friends. The Hospederia is operated by the Puelles family, and Jesús is passionate about his wine and country, so definitely opt for the wine tour and tasting. Here’s a look at the room:

DSC_2454.JPGEverything here for a comfortable stay, including a well appointed bathroom that can be seen in the next photo:

DSC_2455There is plenty of parking, a great breakfast, and all the tranquility you need for a great sleep. More about Spain soon!

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Screenplay Anatomy

The image of the whiteboard below, shows my rough sketch of a screenplay in progress.

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It’s broken up into the major parts, typically 10, 15, and 25 pages at a time. Then there are the key plot points. As you can see, the second act has a couple of black holes that need to be worked out. Turning this into a finished screenplay will take a while. Stay tuned.

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Jamis Renegade (1 year anniversary)

Today marks the end of the first year riding my Jamis Renegade Elite. Logged 4,371 miles, according to the Garmin 520 I use to monitor my progress.

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The bike has been great. Zero problems with the Shimano running gear, Clement tires rolling fine, and my huge pages tote all my gear with no worries. I can recommend this bike for long gravel rides or even just as your daily bike on the highways and groomed trail. Looking forward to many more rides and miles in the future.

Rokon

Check out this vintage Rokon from 1971, lovingly restored by a friend of mine.

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Before there were all many of all terrain vehicles, there was the Rokon, which features an amazing design. Both the front and rear wheel are drive wheels thanks to a gear box located under the seat and a driveshaft that runs forward.

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The Rokon is a rugged machine designed for rough use. The wheels are hollow and you can use them to store fuel.

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While innovative, the design is fairly simple as you can see in the close-ups above and below.

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It’s an impressive unit given when it was first available. Some stunning examples still in use.