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Old 10-17-2013, 09:23 AM   #31
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Possu and I had reveille from Ela at exactly 0745 hrs ship time. We had arranged to meet GFJ and Jimmy for Breakfast.

Ela told me that she felt safe with the gentle noise of a grumbling bear sharing her cabin. I find it funny that is not what Timpo said to me.

Cabin 6428 were marshalled to the dining area where after waiting a while Possu and myself were allowed a healthy fruit and croissant breakfast. But where was Jimmy and GFJ.

Ela marched off to find them and a sheepish Jimmy came to the cabin door in his night attire. There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that Ela saw GFJ zip tied to the bed and that is why they were late. Anyway after a stern talking to they arrived for their full fry up, they won't be late again.

Soon it was time to get our stuff together me with my tiny overnight bag. It was so warm on the quayside that I took my top off. Ela swooned and the Japanese whaling fleeting set sail so I soon covered up again.

Into the vans we headed off with a minor navigational error leaving the port before getting on the motorway and the spectacular climb up into the mountains.

Timpo's van was doing well with 3 bikes in it as well as towing a trailer with 2 bikes. Steve thought it a bit excessive though at 110mph with Gareth driving so we dropped back a bit.

We stopped for a snack and a coffee in Spain avoiding Timpo's truck stops and found a nice local cafe. Tortilla bocadillos very nice.

Making good progress and chattering away in our van Ela revealed the reason for her and Possu inviting me to share their van was "to keep us amused Matt".

After another stop we got to the camp site met Timpo and Rick and unloaded the van. Wheeling the DRZ out the rear indicator was caught and damaged. Possu assures me that Ela has already exhausted the world's supply of DRZ400S indicators from previous mishaps so another type may be required.

The team working in harmony and happy.



We stayed in some very nicely appointed cabins that we had used before so no need for tents. Rick and Timpo having already been away for over a week together opted for Rick's Camper spooning in Rick's king size bed.

After a meal and the essential beer and wine we swapped a few stories and sorted the Sat Navs out. A sensible night saw us off to be quite early all excited for the first day of trail riding.

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Old 10-17-2013, 11:47 AM   #32
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Proof that a Riding God like myself occasionally loses their trailriding mojo:

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Old 10-17-2013, 12:48 PM   #33
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RESPECT , well done I could hear the effort being put in
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:44 PM   #34
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Hell yeh Possu i know that feeling to well , getting to the top feels good though and having good buds around.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #35
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We were up promptly at 0730. Sod's law as soon as we were up it started raining pretty heavily. After breakfast we emptied our cabin, loaded the bikes and put on our waterproofs or waterproof in Possu's case.

People always think of Portugal as a dry sunny country but there is a clue in its large rivers and lush greenery the water has to come from somewhere and that is the sky. We all headed off to Braganca to fuel up people getting used to their bikes we then went off to a familiar starting point where the track heads off road and into the mountains. The trails were great but in the pouring rain took a lot of concentration. The first really testing hill of the day saw Jimmy and Ela take a tumble getting used to their bikes. How ever after a second go they both flew up.

We came to a really steep descent that Ela seemed to be struggling on it was only when we got to the bottom me without any style going a little too quickly that we found out she didn't have a back brake. She was unfazed however and opted to carry on regardless.

This pic does not do the climb justice but I could hear Ela screaming as she went up the hill well done for sticking to the bike



The trails carried on to village where I remembered we had got a bit lost before, ended up again at a gate that necessitated a turnaround and detour but the trail was great and we were on holiday so who cares!

Timpo the great communicator made a friend of a local man whose directions meant we ended up doing several laps of the village meeting up with him each time. We ended up cutting our losses and just going round the village Topo Lusitania being a great asset having many of the unpaved roads upon it allowing alternative routes to be plotted.

We around and out on to the bulldozed Spanish / Portuguese border dropping on to a steep climb that I had failed on my first attempt in April. This time it had been graded and was much smoother in the rain and mist it still needed concentration to get to the top.

We rode to another tricky climb which although short needed tactics to get up it. Having tried a high side dab with short legs before and ended up under my I got the camera out.

Ela seems to have erased this corner from her mind as go down to the drainage ditch I heard Timpo tell her not look down there. She got off her bike and promptly fell down it with just her head and shoulders showing. No pics I am afraid but the "The Book of Truth" remembers it.

Steve opted to ride Ela's bike up for her.



And down again for a second go.



You can tell we have had some fun look at the grin on this fella.



We then headed off towards really deep Ford that in April had necessitated manhandling the bike through. After warning everyone about it we arrived to find not a drop of water !

Ela was tiring after a tricky muddy climb so opted to head off to Miranda do Douro to sort out the accommodation.

We carried on with the rest of the track continuing along the border getting into the own and stopping opposite the Fire Station to ring Ela.

No reply ! Having hung around a bit I lept onto my bike to go and see if I could see Ela and on the next street away spotted her DRZ.

Ela had sorted out a hotel with parking at the rear so we headed up to the car park Jimmy running out of fuel just as he got in. Dragging muddy kit through the back door we went to our rooms for a much needed shower although mine was cold. Dressing quickly I met Uncle Rick and we retired to a convenient bar to refresh ourselves.

5 hours later Ela was the last to arrive after the team had been busy beautifying themselves.

We had a recommendation and as Ela has previously stated started on a massive meat feast with wine and beer.



With a Rosy glow to his cheeks guess who Timpo now looked like. By the state of the tablecloth this was also the end of the night.



Back to the hotel for another earlyish night at around 11pm

We had survived day 1
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #36
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Great stuff guys...

one question.....you seem to have small fuel tanks and huge tanks on various bikes..or did the smaller fueled bikes carry extra fuel or ....Syphon the "tankers"..

How available is fuel in the rustic charms of Portugal..would a 120mls+ 30ml reserve be okay....ccm644@58mpg..lol

Thanks for the links to the sleep and food stations.nice to know what stuff costs approx.
Plenty of fuel available just don't leave it to the last minute before heading back to civilisation to get some.

With a smaller tank either plan well or just take an extra litre to be sure. I only ever filled my front tanks (10l) every fuel stop as it make the bike really heavy for me and you only need as much as the guy with the smallest fuel tank with a little in reserve.

Finding fuel with a Garmin these days is so easy.

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Old 10-17-2013, 02:52 PM   #37
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The story teller returns , great tale Matt but what the hells Timpo been drinking ?

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:50 PM   #38
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With a Rosy glow to his cheeks guess who Timpo now looked like..


He doesn't appear to have changed much in the last couple of years, still likes his dogs.



A look of deep concentration:



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Old 10-17-2013, 04:12 PM   #39
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He doesn't appear to have changed much in the last couple of years, still likes his dogs.



A look of deep concentration:



(pics courtesy of Gazz)

Thanks for sharing pictures I thought had been safely deposited in Gazz's computer Trash Can. I assume I'm meant to be insulted that my appearance is allegedly similar to a younger version of Timpo. Bet he doesn't look like this:


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Old 10-18-2013, 12:48 AM   #41
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Must have been straight to the bar once on the ferry rather than enjoying the best views of Plymouth from the poop deck, much of the sea frontage and port areas are 15th-17th century.
Arrive early for the ferry next time and we'll meet up for a tot of Plymouth Gin in the Barbican and toast all adventurers from the Mayflower Steps before having a Captain Jaspers supper.

Nice ride out you guys had and is by chance our next destination :-)
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:54 AM   #42
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What Matt didn't mention was that I asked in the same sentence: is this our fault?
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Great stuff, Matt, you had me chuckling and snorting all the way!

God, am I really that German...?
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great story, looks like it was sad and boring

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I am glad to say that I managed to get up the Roman Road when we went a coupe of years ago. Dripping with sweat in the hot sun.
And I think that i dropped it less than the great man himself. Good effort though, you old knacker.

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