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Old 10-13-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Portugal October 2013 - The Anthill Tour

Have you ever contemplated going to Portugal for some trail riding? Don't. It's awful.

Unspectacular countryside






Roads that haven't been maintained since Roman times


Lanes too narrow for overtaking


More gates than Wales on a bad day


Terrible lane discipline


Appalling roadside assistance


... and no Health & Safety regulations at all!


Dead ends everywhere


Boring history


Bleak villages


Inadequate accommodation


Disgusting food


Ugly locals


Detestable drinking culture


... and really bad company...


Well, we didn't know all that and when Timpo asked back in cold, rainy May if we were up for a trip to warmer climes in October, we happily accepted. And we were not the only ones - let me introduce you to the Anthill Mob:

Timpo 'Clyde' Thompson - the Great Organiser


Riding his X-Challenge


RickA


Husaberg 501


Muddymatt


690


GFJ


X-Challenge


Jimmy


DRZ400E


Famous


DRZ400E


Daithi


CCM404


Possu


690


... and yours truly on The Mighty DRZ (400S)


I must warn you: the tales we are going to tell will probably be as boring as our chosen destination - so after this trailer don't hold your breath for the next episode...

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Old 10-13-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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Thanks for the warning Ela - it does look very unexciting and I'll make sure I'll never ever put Portugal on my 'to do' list...

Still, I'm glad you're there, showing all those boys how it's done
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:13 AM   #3
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Have you ever contemplated going to Portugal for some trail riding? Don't. It's awful.
Looks good to me so far Looking forwards to the rest of the report but looking at the line up I'm sure you all had a great time

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Old 10-14-2013, 05:31 AM   #4
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Very good Ella









Of course you do know that I'm gonna have to keeell you
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:59 AM   #5
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Of course you do know that I'm gonna have to keeell you
Nope, I didn't know that...

Will you let me finish the report first?
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
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Yes, my country is awfull , Im so sorry.
How can we live with that countryside.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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Dead end?

Calling that a dead end, even our country may be a bit steep for you.

I'm in
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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How can we live with that countryside.
Faro!!!......And as for the Alentejo region....that's the pits!
I rode a track there last year with the Nomads club......absolutely shite!
If I can not find anywhere else to ride in April '14, then I may scrape the bottom of the barrel and return there.......

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Old 10-15-2013, 02:28 AM   #9
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Nope, I didn't know that...

Will you let me finish the report first?


We will just have to see



It's more likely to happen when you least expect it
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:45 AM   #10
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Right that's my pictures uploaded now just need to refresh my memory from the "Book of Truth"
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:55 PM   #11
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and whilst we're on obscure biblical references, would the Pizza girl with the nice toppings, be considered St Matthew's Passion



(I need to get these in now as I feel I am in for soooo much stick in the not too distant!)
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:35 PM   #12
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...and then what happen???

We want more pics...

Ciao

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Old 11-10-2013, 12:26 PM   #13
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Omg

You came all the way to Portugal to eat... pizza?
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:42 AM   #14
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You came all the way to Portugal to eat... pizza?

Yeah but it's good pizza though

We just had to ride around to find the best looking pizza waitresses

It's a tough job but somebody has to do it
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:24 AM   #15
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That's my old country, I started riding there in a little town, one day I'll have to get a bike there and ride some more, my Casal 50cc and a 1974 CB125 that still have there won't be enough.
Thanks for sharing, great ride report .
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