Portugal Spring 2014 - Not for the faint-hearted...

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Pumpy, May 10, 2014.

  1. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    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
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    Riding an X-Challenge and a 690 respectively
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    Recidivist Possu
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    On his 690
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    Almost local boy Euskalherria
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    On his mighty 990R
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    Portugal newcomer Owdknacker
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    Floating on his 400EXC
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    VTwins4me
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    Riding (ahem...) his 950SE
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    Tim from Guernsey
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    On his XTZ660
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    And your reporter with her CRF230F
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    This will be a tale of -

    An amazing choice of the most diverse trails wherever you look
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    Great teamwork
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    Scary hill climbs
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    Slippery slopes
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    Deep river crossings
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    Dodgy river crossings
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    Near misses
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    Hard work
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    One incredibly lucky bastard
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    Brief nudity, which some viewers may find upsetting
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    Picturesque countryside
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    Enchanted places
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    Fantastic views
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    History
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    and Prehistory
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    Some impressive engineering
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    Of course, fabulous food
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    Superb accommodation
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    Exciting nightlife
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    The wonderful local people we had the privilege to meet
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    ... and brilliant camaraderie
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    I hope you are looking forward to the next episode now... :D
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  2. ONYERBIKE

    ONYERBIKE LE Rosbeeeeef!

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    Am I jealous or what!
    Great start as usual Pumpy!
    I'm in......................can't wait for the next chapter :deal
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  3. z7x8c9

    z7x8c9 Been here awhile

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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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  4. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Ehhh you kept this one quiet :cry, if i'd know i could have joined you , after all it just down the road
    Looking forward to more
    :freaky Phil
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  5. hedgerowspecialist

    hedgerowspecialist Adventurer

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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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  6. Paul Young

    Paul Young Low Flying GS Pilot

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    Looks fabulous...:freaky
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  7. duibhceK

    duibhceK duibhce Kaelann

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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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  8. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Sorry, Phil, next time you'll be on my radar, promised! :thumb
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  9. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    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... :augie

    Thanks all for your kind feedback! :nomystery
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  10. fulviapaulo

    fulviapaulo Been here awhile

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    I was wondering how many days it would take for this report to show up... :evil

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

    Cheers and see you 'round
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  11. Rose

    Rose Been here awhile

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    Bring it on!! :clap
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  12. Timpo

    Timpo NORTH WALES TRF.

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    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! :evil

    Oh, and I'll let RickA give us the ferry report, as he wasn't impressed with the LD Lines tub.....:huh
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  13. hedgerowspecialist

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    Dont menion LD lines....:boid

    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:clap..

    we also have some rain forcast foe next week..that`ll make it interesting
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  14. GFJ

    GFJ Adventurer

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    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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  15. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Talking from experience, Gareth? :evil
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  16. Tim

    Tim Long timer

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    Good start Ela, I'll chip in with a few pics here and there, (only for the first two days though!!).
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  17. RickA

    RickA Fat Old Adventurer

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    A Great trip - we were all expecting the worst of the weather but it turned out to be fab with only half a day of rain and warm for the rest of the trip.

    Can't post any pictures because some fool brought his camera but forgot to put the memory card in it.....

    Being spring - the river crossings were deep and interesting! Never had the 690 exhaust underwater before, blowing spray whilst my fingers hovered nervously above the kill switch...

    The tough trails took their toll and at one point it was just Timpo and myself out there with the rest of the team licking their wounds/looking glumly at broken bikes/searching for lost passports (Muppet award of the trip!).

    LD Lines - that's another story! On the way out we were treated to lifeboat drill - a first for me on any ferry, and this should have forewarned me for what was to come!
    The Deckhands were all pissed as farts and trying to sell us contraband goods, the facilities on board were crap and expensive, and the old cross-channel ferry had no place in the Bay of Biscay, especially in the storm we encountered. There were bodies being hurled out of their chairs and injured and vomit being hurled by just about everyone else! Never been on a tub that rolled and pitched like this old thing! Really thought it was going to go over a few times in the night! :eek1

    For a few quid more - book Brittany!

    We all survived the trip however and had a great time - the food and wine as good as the craic. Looking forward to the next one already!

    Great pictures Pumpy!

    Cheers, Rick
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  18. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    Hi all. Good introduction Ela, ;-)<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Going to Portugal is always a good plan. Nice tracks, fantastic people and fabulous food. <o:p></o:p>
    I can´t post many pictures, I just ride two days because a health problem.<o:p></o:p>
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    I arrive to campsite Cepo Verde some hours before Britihs . I came by car because my health and the trip till there, just 5 hours was not so good, I suffered some dizziness. But the desire to ride was bigger than sense. On the campsite I prepair mu bike and cabin and later have a big walk. Finally a meet Tim and the rest of the crew came very late in the night because a very pleasant trip by ferry.<o:p></o:p>
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  19. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    My cabin for that night
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    The adventure starts. First refueling
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    In the first kilometers the group was full
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    Fantastic lanes
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  20. euskalherria

    euskalherria euskalherria

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    This time, Rick was the leader of the group and the first crossing rivers…..
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    Timpo and Rick, my good team mates. For diferent reasons, the group was divided.
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    Nice ancient lanes
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