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Corona stuck in southern Portugal

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by mattmexico, May 2, 2020.

  1. mattmexico

    mattmexico Adventurer

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    Its now 6 weeks that I am stuck in southern Portugal, the Algarve and not been able to return to northern Italy, the Friuli area where I live and ride. I was on a guided motorcycle tour in Andalucia (as a guide) mid March with my GS 1200 and had planned to go to Morocco for 10 days after then take the ferry feom Tanger to Genova.

    Then the virus came, the tour was changed to lesser restricted Portugal and here I am.

    The restricrions in Portugal are not to hard mostly. Only during Easter and now May 1st we are not supposed to leave our municipio called Conselho.

    I am stuck in a beautiful village called Casais near Monchique. Faro is 60km to the east, Portimao 20km to the south and Sagres 40km to the west. When walking the hills I can see the whole coastline.

    About once or twice a week I go shopping and here the boxes of my GS pay off once more. The I drive my groceries through the country side.

    As I explored most of the Algarve in the past weeks I started to venture into the Alentejo, the next state or region north of tje Algarve.

    I must hav put on some 2800 km in tje last weeks, 4 days ago I did a day trip of 550 km and two days ago of 450 km.

    The roads are empty, the landscape georgeous and green. And colorful due to all the flowers blooming. Spring is awesome around here.

    The arras that stand out are the west coast due to little developement, raw cliffs and hidden gem beaches. The area along the Spanish border are particular pictureque as dozens of fortifications and castles dot the landscape.

    The cops let me be, the weather is getting better and gasoline is cheap. Almost every larger village has a grocery store that is open.

    When I can get back home ?. Dunno. I am trying to hitch a ride with my bike on a large Iveco pickup loader to southern France and then on to northern Italy on May 9th.

    We'll see how that goes. Stay safe out there and healthy. Enjoy life to the fullest. Images are on instagram #knorkemopete
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  2. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    easy to think that Portugal is not far from Italy...but not, especially now.

    lots of us wishing you the best and interested how you managed to get back.

    cheers.
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  3. MadRider777

    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    Many people could envy you in these days. Be safe and good luck in your trip.
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  4. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    At least your in a wonderful place. Portugal is wonderful. But I know getting home will be nice. What an adventure you can tell the grand kids. All the best to you.
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  5. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    I was in that area of Portugal last fall, a nice place to be stuck
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  6. mattmexico

    mattmexico Adventurer

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