NOT WITH standing the many serious issues currently facing the expatriate community in Spain, there is a large proportion determined to stay focused on why they opted to make the sunny state their home in the first place.
One such group is the Free Spirits of the Marina Alta – a Harley Davidson enthusiast group of over 50 members.
The English-speaking male and female group – made up of riders and passengers – enjoy a ride out at least every other weekend in the summer months, winding the forgotten country corners and the cool coastal routes.
The routes are well planned, with coffee and lunch stops on the way. On a recent ride, members met in Benissa, before heading through Benitachell via the Montgo mountain road (first peak), then through Denia into the Orba Valley where they took a coffee stop at Bar Citrus in Orba. From Orba, they rode on to Castells de Castells through the valley, then up to top of Col de Rotes (second peak) via Tarbena. An obligatory group photo was taken at the top of the mountain before the group headed back down via Jalon onto Calpe for lunch at Grizzly’s bar and restaurant.
The Free Spirits in its current form launched last January and the group and its rides are administered and regulated by five road captains.
Members must own a Harley Davidson and of course, be able to evidence their corresponding licence and insurance.
The Free Spirits are strong believers in giving back to the communities which they very much enjoy being a part of.
Last year, the group raised an astonishing €6,000 from their ‘Biker Babe’ calendar alone – donating half to Make A Smile and half to the Gandia Preventorio Children’s Home.
Free Spirits are always ready to welcome new members, for more information email [email protected].