Mums Last Gift!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Peter640, Sep 1, 2021.

  1. damurph

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    Bacalao has become baccalieu. We have bastardized the language of Portugal the same as we did to England and France. We have always had a close connection to Portugal. As a boy I remember the white fleet docked in St John's and the crews playing football on the wharf in St John's.
  2. Peter640

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    Ah I’ve stirred the beast! How the devil are you! We’re in England for Xmas come and see us!

    Julie sends much love....

    Peter
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  3. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I have followed every post of your trip. I am in awe of your photos and fun travels.
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  4. Peter640

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    So nice to see your voice here!

    Julie says hi and how are the toutins !

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    Sitting in a lovely little coffee stop in Mértola after a minor navigational hickup this morning.

    Nice riding and much cooler today. The trees in Mértola are turning to autumn colours... off to find the museum and castle!

    Great roads but the morning light made it tricky to capture!

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    This guy took the same wrong turn as me!
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    Mértola!
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    Winter is coming!
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    Well the day was a good one. We’re now set up in our little studio with full tummies from a dehydrated bag meal of spag bol! Surprisingly good!

    We stopped for an amazing lunch in Barrancos. It’s famous for the black footed Iberian Pig! The best pork steak I’ve had yet!

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    Stork nests everywhere!
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    Great lunch spot!
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    Then a gentle 70 kms to Monsaraz, a great little hill top fort town, where it just so happens they serve cold beer!

    A few shots from the road. Some really nice riding up here. The country side is greening up and becoming more autumnal!

    Double trouble.
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    A castle!
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    Ah BOTD time!
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    After managing our hydration, a stroll around town and a look at the architecture and castle. It’s very lovely here.

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    The obligatory church picture!
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    Julie’s hobbit hole door!
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    A reminder of the religious wars ragged in this town as the Christians ousted the moors.
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    They hold bull fights in the centre of the castle!
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    A picture of the bullfighting!
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    Bison and our digs! A lovely hole in the wall converted stone shed! Very cosy and all we need! We’re right under the castle walls!
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    The price of gas is a little terrifying!

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    But the sunsets and dawns are good compensations!

    A couple of the tail gunners shots!

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  10. Wild Ginger

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    Peter from his best angle!

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    and his worst!
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    We woke early for a day trip to Elvas a fortified town on the Spanish border.

    The dawn was beautiful.

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    And the roads empty and cool...

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    You are greeted by this amazing acquaduct!

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    Causing much Pythonesque “what did the romans do for us” impersonations!!
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    We rode up to the castle for a better view! I nearly got a pay out on Julie’s life insurance!
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    Thru the old gates ..
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    Into the old town!
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    These guys waited until the clock struck 12 before ordering their wine!

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    And Julie was protesting her innocence as she showed me a stolen picture of an old lady who refused to have her photo taken by explaining that she took the stolen picture BEFORE asking and being refused!

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    Some from me! We really liked Elvas!

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    Sleepy cats!
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    A last afternoon wondering the local streets. Very chilled after a little siesta!

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    For those of you super observant, there’s a big fish in there!
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    The local building codes are a bit “iffy”!
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    Julie found an abandoned Chinese horror!
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    Clearly owned by a hot curry lover!
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    Great door knockers!
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    I think this a my fav shot of the day!!

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    The light was amazing and the phone/camera free sunset was incredible!!

    After a good wonder, the chef is in the house! A little local lamb on the menu tonight! And a spectacular BOTD!

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    Our digs...
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    Lamb with a whole cloves of garlic, stolen lemon, capsicum and scrumped pomegranate!! We doing it tough!
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    Stolen ones taste better!
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    No vampires here!
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    If we’d had a helicopter we’d have taken these amazing shots of Elvis today!!

    It really is a remarkable place!

    The star shaped forts helped in killing enemy attackers! Designed by the French military man, Vauban

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    Back to Sintra tomorrow for more palaces ....

    I’ll leave you with this last thought!

    To quote our hopeless Aussie PM “ How Good is Monsaraz?”

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    Love youse all!
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    Up and away tithe crack of a sparrows today!

    Nice cool riding as we dropped off the hill at Monsaraz!

    Beautiful morning light amongst the olive trees and vineyards!

    Julie greets the dawn...
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    Posing in the olive grove!
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    Dropping down from Monsaraz with the massive lakes system below.
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    The run to Sintra was fast and furious and we navigated Lisboa’s bridges and traffic again! A bit hectic for me but only one minor navigational moment! I think Julie has some pics as we crossed April 25th bridge for the last time this trip.
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    The main reason for our return visit was to see the Pena Palace as it was misty and wet when we were here a couple of weeks ago.

    A perfect day today! Pictures coming!
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