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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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.

Making Real Estate

The old saying goes, “Buy real estate. They aren’t making any more.” Well, that’s generally true. However, in some places, they are making real estate. Take a look at this recent photo from New York City:

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The contractor built a sheet piling wall and then filled in behind it. Looks like they’re also building a new pier there, which is essentially real estate above the water. Either way, it seems NYC is gains a few acres here.

F4u Corsair

The F4U Corsair stands as one of the most effective aircraft of its time. Designed by Rex Buren Beisel, it fought in various roles in various wars. Here’s one with her wings folded.

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And another view from the front:

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Behind the Corsair stands a P40 Warhawk. Both aircraft are on my bucket list to fly someday. Not sure if that will ever happen, but when I have time (and money) I look for opportunities for just such adventure. By the way, take a look at this wing folding mechanism:

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Sheer genius at work there. For you aviation enthusiasts, enjoy the airshow circuit which will be getting busy soon. Always do your checklist.