April 25, 2018 - Arrival It’s 6:45 AM at Lisbon International Airport and passport control is a madhouse. As luck would have it another airbus discharged its load just minutes before our arrival from Miami. Add to that it’s a national holiday and the night shift looks grossly undermanned; two agents to handle ~500 tired travelers. I’d had a long night myself - New Orleans to Lisbon with a four hour layover in Miami meant I’d been on the move for about 15 hours. I’d managed a few hours of sleep and honestly felt pretty good. Hmmm...two agents, about 30 seconds to clear each traveler, and it looked like we were in for a long morning! This higher math wasn’t lost on passengers with tight connections, some whom began to yelling at the the customs agents. It was about to get ugly when fortunately the Calvary arrived in the form of a well-manned day shift. Within 20 minutes I was on the other side. Despite the theatrics, 35 minutes to clear passport control in a major airport isn’t too bad. My freshly renewed passport received its first stamp: “chachunk” This solo tour of Portugal is the result of several weeks of planning and input from many inmates (see “If I had 3 days in Portugal I would...” in the trip planning section). It’s many firsts for me: - my first motorcycle adventure outside of the US - my first time in Portugal - my first ADV ride report (comments, concerns, and mild criticisms are welcomed!) The adventure itself is sure to yield many more firsts - I suppose that’s the idea right?! Forgive me if I get a little long winded!