Modern Moto Magazine ISSUE No. 6 - January 2018 - Page 27

fi gured it out. We hadn't even le the city yet, and we were both already uncertain of where we were and how the day was going to unfold. 7 Essential Tips For Ren ng and Riding Abroad • • • • • • • Insurance Coverage - Know what it covers and what it doesn’t! Cell Phone - Get or have a local calling plan. Text / Data isn’t enough! Handlebar Mount or Tank Bag - for your phone / GPS unit - Ram mounts makes a great one! Charging Brick For Phone/GPS - Because running out of juice is almost as bad as running out of gas! Know the language - or use a free transla on app (ie. Google Translate) Know the rules of the road - Every country is diff erent! Interna onal Driver’s Permit - You don’t need it to rent, but you do need it if you get pulled over! Cost = $20 apply at any AAA offi ce For more details and explana ons of these essen al ps visit: createdtofl ps dash-mounted GPS and Sena headsets in both of our helmets, so we can talk to each other whenever we need to. We studied the maps and even made an old- fashioned list of the turns and route numbers we would need to take as a quick reference if we needed to pull over and check our phones. It's funny how we take for granted all of the tools and technology at our disposal. Unfortunately, it didn't just unfold, it fell completely apart when the moped blew its transmission about 40 km outside of the city. Stuck on the side of the highway in 90-degree blazing sun, we suddenly realized that we couldn’t call for help. Although we had thought to put Spanish SIM cards in our phones so that we could have data and text, we didn't add a talk plan because we didn't think we would need it. There was no way a bike with a 125cc engine was going to carry two of us at highway speeds, so without a way to call the number Sergio had given us for roadside assistance, I decided to ride back to town for help, hoping that my friend wouldn’t melt in the a ernoon sun before I could get him towed. Although I felt competent to explain my basic needs and get direc ons in Spanish, trying to navigate a complex situa on with a tow truck proved a lot more diffi cult, even with Google Translate. In the end, Sergio was great. The broken bike was towed back to the shop, and he gave us a new one to con nue on our adventure. He apologized for the inconvenience and even extended our return me so we could fi nish our adventure. Too stubborn to quit, we got back on the bikes and headed out for a second try. We didn't have any further mechanical issues with either bike, but naviga on was tricky. There aren't as many signs on the road in Spain as there are in the U.S., so we missed quite a few turns and pulled over frequently to double check our naviga on. S ll, we made it to Arcos de la Frontera with plenty of me to explore, take pictures and even do a li le shopping. The beau ful hill It’s a bit unnerving going back to the old-school way of naviga ng and using hand signals to talk to one another. Pair that with the fact that all of the street signs are in another language, and your bike measures in kilometers rather than mph, and we knew that we'd be facing several challenges the following day. S ll, both of us are experienced riders and always up for a challenge, so we decided to look at it as an adventure! When in Spain… Sergio had the bikes ready for us when we arrived the next morning, so we mounted our trusty steeds and rode off into the sunset as it were. Finding our way to the nearest gas sta on and fi guring out their pumps and payment system was an interes ng challenge right out of the gate, but between the two of us, we eventually 27