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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Instead of the short 132 KM trip from Evora to Lisbon we decided to again take the small roads for 227 KM and ended up in 146 KM at Troia, which is the tip of a peninsula.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 7.02.11 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 7.02.22 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    From here you can get a ferry to Setubal, where we stopped for a break on the square.

    [​IMG]lisbon 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]lisbon 17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]lisbon 16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Like a lot of big cities Lisbon has the tourist hop on hop off buses. We had never done this before and spending the day doing this was a great way to get an overview of the city.


    [​IMG]lisbon 21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 72 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]lisbon 30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next day we got up early to ride along the south coast and out to Cabo de Roca. This is the western most point of continental Europe.

    [​IMG]lisbon 77 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 79 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 84 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 85 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]cabo do Roca-Castillo St Jorge 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Riding back to the city we did a loop thru Sintra. This place clings to the hillside and is covered with beautiful buildings. This is the kind of place you need to spend the day walking around….next time!


    [​IMG]cabo do Roca-Castillo St Jorge 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After we did some walking around the city with a few stops at the Port wine institute, the Napoli wine shop and the local bread and cheese stores to get provisions.


    [​IMG]lisbon 92 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]lisbon 101 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to Modesto’s apartment where he had stored our new chains and sprockets and our NEW BUMOT PANNIERS!


    First we needed to get the old racks off. Several of the crappy screws were stripped on one side of both racks and this meant actually cutting the rack off with a grinder.


    Opening the boxes from Bumot we were so stoked to see what great build quality the racks and panniers had. The hardware is stainless steel. The panniers themselves are very attractive. The lid system opens out so that the top lies flat and can be used as a shelf. There is no chance it will slam on your fingers (and kill the nail on your thumb like Daniel did on the first moth of the trip). There is no stupid wire holding the lid half open and that gets caught all the time when you are closing the lid (and no white screw knob to hold the wire on that falls off regularly). The top has a rubber gasket so they will not leak like sieves and soak all your gear like our old ones did almost from day 1. They are really well designed and constructed.





    [​IMG]banner by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]SONY DSC by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]tool_box by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is wonderful. :rofl:rofl:rofl

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We finally finished up and left Madrid at 6 pm. We managed to get 167 km north before we had to stop for the night. These are the less glamorous times when you have to do highway time and its raining.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 8.36.57 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had been invited to the Bordeaux home of Mike Waterman, who we met at the Moto GP in Argentina last year and who coincidently is going to Iceland on the same ferry as us in June. This meant another 544 KM ride today.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 8.35.43 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Getting up in the morning it was pouring and this continued all day. We rode north again trying to get on and off the highway to avoid the tolls. Near the border of France the road signs are in Spanish and Basque. Welcome to France!




    [​IMG]france 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was raining, but only lightly today, as we made our way north to La Rochelle to meet up with the Swede.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 9.24.20 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The fastest way from the coast is to get the ferry from Le Verdon-sur Mer to Royan, which stays on the coast but saves driving the long way around the inlet.


    [​IMG]france 13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/world_wide_ride/17575082042" title="IMG_3948 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr"><img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7764/17575082042_5f78fbe5e8_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="IMG_3948"></a>


    [​IMG]france 14 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]france 15 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  16. Saralou

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    We stopped for the night near Carnac to see the Carnac stones, which is a large collection of megalithic sites around the village. There are more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones, which is the largest in the world. They date from 3300-4500 BC. There are 11 converging rows of stones that may have been a circle.


    [​IMG]france 19 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    By now it was raining again. The ferry leaves Roscoff daily at 3 pm for the 6-8 hour crossing to Plymouth.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 11.48.09 PM by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    You arrive 45 min early and check in at the gate. Here they will ask for your booking reference and passport. After this you drive ahead to the French immigration control where they again want your passport and give you an exit stamp. Drive ahead as directed and to the designated bike parking on board. There were about 20 bikes, but there were several staff there to quickly secure all the bikes with tie downs.

    [​IMG]plymouth 1 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    They you go up on deck for the 6-hour journey. The sea was fairly rough for the first 3 hours, but then calmed down. Arriving in the UK at 2030 we were directed to off load. All the bikes were then asked to lane split the cars to get to the front of the line for passport control. This was an easy process and we were out to meet our friend Steve. He and his wife Maggie had kindly offered to host us. We had met him at the moto GP last year in Argentina and then again in Cusco, Peru. We hosted him in Vancouver last summer when he was on his way to Alaska. They were incredible hosts in their classic English village.


    [​IMG]plymouth 2 by Sara &amp; Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr