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Old 05-14-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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The Dirty Dozen - Portugal North to South

Well, someone had to start the Ride Reports thread!

I'm sure that other member of the above dozen will join in as we go along but here are a few pics from the trip to get things started.



Loz shows us his best side



I hadn't "done" camping before - can't say I was impressed!





















Loz confused a Bus Stop with a Bike Stop and decided to park his bike against it!



and Jason just decided to park!



I was able to escape the misery that is also known as "camping" and had the pleasure of this little cabin for a night



And on my way back home I treated myself to a night in this Parador



now, this is far more my style!





Many thanks to all who helped make it such a great trip
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:27 PM   #2
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Good pics Tim, glad you got home safe & sound, heard that you might have had an off or two.
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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Wow!! What a fantastic trip... I hope your mates can also post their pics here
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:40 PM   #4
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Why do you hate camping? Camping is good.
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:59 PM   #5
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Sunny England...


Leaving the English Port in Plymouth...


Brum brum...


Brightening up as we enter Spanish waters..




Go go GO!!!!!!!

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Old 05-14-2008, 05:09 PM   #6
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Im from Portugal! Where did you go?
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:21 PM   #7
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First of many,many coffee stops....



Typical fuel stop...



Road riding to Puebla de Sanabria...



Hitting the odd trail on the way....



Timolgra looking out at the scenery...


GPS and Rick A?


The first pack of cable ties ....




Loz....


The bikes at the campsite....









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Old 05-15-2008, 12:00 AM   #8
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Good pics Tim, glad you got home safe & sound, heard that you might have had an off or two.
Bike went down 3 times, 2 of which were off and one a drop, a rather loud drop at that as a sickening crunch echoed across the Portuguese countryside! Not much damage though, panniers were knocked back in to shape by Danny, our resident metal worker, a snapped brake lever (carried a spare with me) and a few cable ties holding the fairing on.

Some facts and figures for the trip.

I did 820 miles in an evening and a day to get to the start point in Spain. Miles each of our trail riding days were as follow;

Day1 160 miles
Day 2 145 miles
Day 3 102 miles
Day 4 116 miles
Day 5 148 miles
Day 6 80 miles.

I say that of these days about 70% was on trails.

I then did 1255 miles in three and a half days to get back to St Malo, France for my ferry home (including a day of constant rain all the way across Northern Spain).

My total miles for the trip 2826 in 11 days.

The Africa Twin averaged 15 kpL, or 42 mpg (35 mpusg). Top speed 97 mph (156kph) which isn't bad for an 18 year old bike loaded with luggage and a "large" rider!

Max air temp. recorded on my IMO was 38.7 degrees C, obviously picking up some engine heat there, and the minimum was a chilly 2.2 degrees C.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:01 AM   #9
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Less of the geek talk!!

Waiting for 'mirror rider'....Tim we went for a play about in the mountains.......





The views were great...


But the food choice was not so great.....

Ham and cheese or cheese and ham were the choices!!

First puncture of the trip....


We weren't used to such hot dusty conditions so needed to cool down.....


Danny(dont know his user name on here if he visits but a quality rider)....



Cable tie(GPS) having yet another 'off'...

Wilfried(i forget his user name for a moment)....




Cable tie....



Loz on Portugals latest 'enduro assault weapon'....


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Old 05-15-2008, 02:35 AM   #10
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I'm liking GPS's new nickname. Looking forwards to the full story(ies).
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:38 AM   #11
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:49 AM   #12
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You guys had lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the pics, the water crossing ones are great.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:24 AM   #13
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That evening 'mirror rider' turned up so the next day we set off into the unknown since none of us had ridden these trails before,in fact,only a few if any had even ridden in the country before!!

'Mirror rider' is so called named due to the fact that he seemed to have a fascination with watching me follow him whilst i waited for a safe place to pass by him in order to 'mark the turns' or open what few gates there were.Thing is,this caused Tim to erm.....miss a few bends and went straight on instead!!

So more pictures and fewer words(no words in fact).















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Old 05-15-2008, 03:27 AM   #14
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Around this point my home made luggage rack snapped(far too thin chequer plate).Danny our resident metalsmith armed with only an hammer soon had it sorted!!

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