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Old 05-10-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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Portugal Spring 2014 - Not for the faint-hearted...

You may remember my last Portugal report in which I strongly advised all trail riders against visiting the country.

Well, I believe that everyone and everything deserves a second chance and so, at the end of April, we headed towards the South-Western part of Europe again.

This time we were eight (at least to start with...):

RickA and Timpo, the usual suspects that you find on almost every Portugal trip


Riding an X-Challenge and a 690 respectively


Recidivist Possu


On his 690


Almost local boy Euskalherria


On his mighty 990R


Portugal newcomer Owdknacker


Floating on his 400EXC


VTwins4me


Riding (ahem...) his 950SE


Tim from Guernsey


On his XTZ660


And your reporter with her CRF230F



This will be a tale of -

An amazing choice of the most diverse trails wherever you look


Great teamwork


Scary hill climbs


Slippery slopes


Deep river crossings


Dodgy river crossings


Near misses


Hard work


One incredibly lucky bastard


Brief nudity, which some viewers may find upsetting


Picturesque countryside


Enchanted places


Fantastic views


History


and Prehistory


Some impressive engineering


Of course, fabulous food




Superb accommodation


Exciting nightlife


The wonderful local people we had the privilege to meet




... and brilliant camaraderie


I hope you are looking forward to the next episode now...
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:02 PM   #2
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Am I jealous or what!
Great start as usual Pumpy!
I'm in......................can't wait for the next chapter
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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I'm glad you like my country. It certainly has it's quirks but it's a beautiful place, with great people and great weather.
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Old 05-10-2014, 02:04 PM   #4
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Ehhh you kept this one quiet , if i'd know i could have joined you , after all it just down the road
Looking forward to more
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:25 AM   #5
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Nice pics guys..some familiar faces...I`m off doing the softer top to toe route this week...with a bit of the pico`s thrown in ..

no muddymatt or Famous?
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:30 AM   #6
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:41 AM   #7
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Too bad we weren't able to join, looks like a great ride!
Can't wait for the rest of the report.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:28 AM   #8
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Ehhh you kept this one quiet , if i'd know i could have joined you , after all it just down the road
Sorry, Phil, next time you'll be on my radar, promised!
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:36 AM   #9
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no muddymatt or Famous?
I didn't invite anyone who was already on the GYOA list, as it seemed unlikely that people would/could take three weeks holiday for that trip AND another six days for Portugal less than a month before - apart from Timpo and Rick, obviously...

Thanks all for your kind feedback!
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Old 05-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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I was wondering how many days it would take for this report to show up...

Another trip around here and another one I couldn't join... Hopefully I'll join you on the next one. Have to check if there's some legal status for temporary expats

Cheers and see you 'round
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:39 AM   #12
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Hopefully I'll join you on the next one.
Do that..... I will put somnething together for an October trip to Portugal again. Possibly a mid-eastern or a southern loop, we'll see. Some folk are asking about a trip with smaller sized bikes and just venture out each day without luggage from a central campsite or hostel, that's all possible.

This trip though was a cracker, the tracks aorund the Chaves to Melgaco regions were awesome, and they alone would be great with smaller bikes, being able to cover more distance and trails with greater technicality....hmmm, let me re-think!

Oh, and I'll let RickA give us the ferry report, as he wasn't impressed with the LD Lines tub.....
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Dont menion LD lines....

they cancelled on us this morning after being told the ferry was running we cancelled the brittany back up ..then that sold out..

still we are the brittany one on wednesday into Bilbao so more ground to cover to Braganca start point...or is it Sotres..

we also have some rain forcast foe next week..that`ll make it interesting
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:03 AM   #14
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Drool!

Cant's wait to be reading this one Pumpy. It is already bringing back a load of happy memories of last Octobers trip.

PS - I'd keep an eye on Possu and the police lady thingy!
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:39 AM   #15
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PS - I'd keep an eye on Possu and the police lady thingy!
Talking from experience, Gareth?
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