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Dave B
23-09-2015, 09:11 PM
A bit pic heavy but wifey and I have just got back from a fortnight on the Iberian Peninsular...on the bike. I booked 4 nights in Lisbon, 3 in Porto and 3 in Potes in the Picos de Europa as I knew Justine wouldn’t fancy 13 x 8 hr riding days.
Pre-packing to cut weight...didn’t really work.
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The ferry queue, not too many bikes going out.

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350 mile ride across Spain to Braganca in Northern Portugal...a place I’d go back to in an instant.

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A great B and B

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Smashing barman apparently called Tinto Vinho

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Epic plates of food...at really good prices.

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Ride down to Lisbon over some hills in the middle..wife doesn’t like twisty roads....oops

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Lisbon is lovely

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This pair were brilliant...and made more cash in an hour than most make in a week...very lucrative

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Great Railway Station Facade.

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Bugger, this isn’t one and the same, two separate things...bugger.

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The only decent car I saw

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Although I ride a BM, I’ve Always hankered after a Triumph triple...shame they only seemed to do twins.

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There’s a great aquarium, this was a huge tropical exhibition by some Japanese chappie, presumably growing the fish for sushi ??

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The main square was lovely. Being a pavement layer would be a lifetime job here, they are all cobbled with 2” square black or white stone, presumably some sort of marble ?

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We were directed to a great viewpoint by a local feller walking his dog. Initially I thought he was hanging about waiting for some money but I was wrong and a bit ashamed of my cynicism, he was just a very proud local Lisbon(ian?)

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2 doors down from our hotel.

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Dave B
23-09-2015, 09:12 PM
Rode North to Porto after 4 nights, stopped on route and were the only people in a nice caff.

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It chucked it down as we rode into Porto but the hotel had an underground garage for the bike...and great rooms. The storm blew thru the next day.

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Porto was nice, hilly and with lots of bridges...plus lots of caffs and bars.

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We went to seaside...

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I fancied an ice cream in the evening, McDonalds was a good bet.

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Rode NE to the Picos in good weather and started to hit the scenic roads.

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I tried to suss out taking photos on the move, slowly getting there.

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I rode this section of road 5 times on the bounce, it was staggering. On it I saw the only decent car for these roads, an Atom, he wore a full face lid but I bet he was grinning ear to ear.

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I think we had less stuff and this feller...for two of us.

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Leaving Santander.

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The Picos are stunning....and deserted.
Go and visit it.
The shitter of a PS was dropping the bike coming off a soaking wet roundabout in the pouring rain near Oxford. Gravel, water, diesel and inattention on my part. We slid for a few yards, (I laughed out loud) picked ourselves and the bike up and carried on home. Bugger. 9.22 for a little plastic corner piece for the pannier later....:angry::lol:

Sim
23-09-2015, 09:20 PM
Some great shots:thumb:

Nige
23-09-2015, 09:42 PM
That looks lovely. :thumb: Some of those roads look rather good !.... :veryhappy:

Only one evening of rain too, you were lucky. I suspect she might not have enjoyed it quite so much if you had a 13 day trip of constant rain...

Dave B
23-09-2015, 10:04 PM
Only one evening of rain too, you were lucky. I suspect she might not have enjoyed it quite so much if you had a 13 day trip of constant rain...

Deliberately planned to have spread out riding days (and some prayer for weather...not too hot, not too wet) but to be honest I think I'd rather fly in to a City/Capital for a long weekend.

Floyd
24-09-2015, 07:04 AM
Fabulous as always with your reports!:thumb:

Tim in Yorkshire
24-09-2015, 07:18 AM
Looks like a great trip :thumb:

The roads looked pretty deserted, was that the case? Wouls it be fun in something like a yellow MX5?

Simon
24-09-2015, 07:24 AM
What a great road trip & some stunning places :thumb:

Dave B
24-09-2015, 08:07 AM
Looks like a great trip :thumb:

The roads looked pretty deserted, was that the case? Wouls it be fun in something like a yellow MX5?

I could ride on a spectacular road reminiscent of the Lakes (on steroids) for 10 miles and not see another soul. This was on a glorious Saturday afternoon in mid September.
Yes, a yellow MX5 would be great. Top down, wifey says she'd like to do the area (and the Dolomites etc) in a soft top. :thumb:

JamesW
24-09-2015, 11:18 AM
I used to work out of Lisbon, absolutely amazing place.

A great Tapas restaurant on the quayside just a bit further on from the massive square.

Sintra is an absolute must visit if you go back, as is Estoril.

Peach-uk
26-09-2015, 06:28 PM
REALLY enjoyed that - top report. 5 times on the same stretch?! Must have been epic :thumb:

dex
27-09-2015, 02:30 PM
I could ride on a spectacular road reminiscent of the Lakes (on steroids) for 10 miles and not see another soul. This was on a glorious Saturday afternoon in mid September.
Yes, a yellow MX5 would be great. Top down, wifey says she'd like to do the area (and the Dolomites etc) in a soft top. :thumb:



I don't know if it's the same as in a blue one, but I took dad for a road trip to visit the Tour de France climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees (and visited the Mulsanne straight, a lap of the Monaco GP circuit and Mont Ventoux along the way)

We had a fantastic time, real once in a lifetime father/son bonding road trip.

One thing I would say - if you have forced induction then even the steepest Alpine roads are just effortless in an MX5, but if you're still normally aspirated you'll need to make sure your cooling is up to scratch as you'll be spending a lot of time in second gear in the top half of the rev range regardless of whether you're going quick or taking it easy.


(OP- I believe that even joking about considering a Triumph will have you thrown out of the BMW OC!)

Gary Kinghorn
27-09-2015, 02:59 PM
Love these reports Dave - Awesome :thumb: