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France/Spain in February ?

Hi,

I am new to these boards but not new to riding - usually cover 20,000 plus miles a year but mainly over the spring/summer/autumn rather than in the depths of winter.

I need to get to Gibraltar in about 6 weeks time - mid February - and am considering doing the trip by bike just to be different. Can anyone advise on the following :

1. Likely weather through France/Northern/Southern Spain

2. Fuel availability in Spain on Sundays (France can be a nightmare if you are away from autoroutes)

3. Paperwork/insurance issues (for both me and the bike) if I decide to cross over to Northern Africa

Thanks in anticipation of your help,

Owen

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1. cold, probably wet at points and getting slightly warmer further south. You might get lucky and be warm and dry all the way, but I tend to find the range of weather pretty much the same as the UK (certainly for France and N Spain).

2. can't remember it being a problem on the main routes.

3. passport, v5 (log book), insurance doc and drivers license. Try to make sure they all have the same name/address to make things easier. I think a photo license is going to make life easier too. Photocopies of these are a good idea. Talk to your insurance company, but they'll probably want you to specify dates and duration for Morocco (and France/Spain?). The Moroccan authorities probably won't care as long as they can check the 'has insurance doc' box, and you don't get into trouble.

You should go over to N Africa, it's not as difficult as you imagine.
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