We left the USA on a direct flight to Frankfurt, Germany at about 1:30 in the afternoon. We
are scheduled to arrive in Frankfurt at 8:30 the next morning, losing 9 hours on
the way in time zones. The flight went over Calgary, Alberta, Hudson's Bay, southern
Greenland, the British Isles and into Frankfurt. We were on the left side of the
plane and watched the sun move from the left rear to the left front of the view out
the window. All night long the sun didn't completely set, it dipped down just below
the horizon and rose again. We were far enough north, and high enough in the air
to always see the sun over the top of the earth all night long. It never got too
dark to prevent one from reading.
In Frankfurt we took the S-bahn (surface running commuter train) to downtown and
renewed our insurance on the bike. (I tempted the fates and bought a years worth.) Then
we took a U-bahn (underground running commuter train) to the Zubehor-Shop-Frankfurt
and talked with our friend Klaus for an hour or so. This is where we bought our
Schuberth helmets when we arrived here the first time. Then it was time to return
to the airport and catch our flight to Madrid, change planes and on to Jerez. But
the Jerez plane was delayed for over an hour, so we didn't get into Jerez until midnight. We
were up and awake for 35 hours. Our good friends Lorenzo and Pepe from the GoldWing
Club de Andalucia were kind enough to pick us up and take us to the town of Rota,
where our bike was. Lorenzo let us stay in one of the apartments he manages in Rota.
We spent 4 days renewing acquaintances, eating some of our favorite foods and wandering
about town. Rota is vastly different in the summer. It is a resort town on a nice
beach and when the temperature in the middle of Spain is horrid, the Spanish head
to the beach. Last winter the town was empty, now it was full. Look at the pictures
below taken in late December and early July.
The cafe is the same and the view is almost the same. The two palms behind Kathy's
head are the same ones. The tables were changed from green to white while we were
gone. The most interesting change though (besides Kathy's hair) is the number of
people on the beach. It doesn't show it real well but it changed from two to thousands.