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Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
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Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:56 am quote
Hanging out in Portugal with Roland, doing a pre-ride for our September trip. Lisbon was nice, we didn’t explore much, just checked out the hotel and picked up the scooters. Rode to Évora today, got some rain, but the hotel is amazing, and the town very welcoming. We’re planning to explore a. It tomorrow, a winery has been recommended.

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Campo Pequeno, former bullring, now a shopping mall

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Couldn’t get them to rent us this one

Molto Verboso
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 1480
Location: Minneapolis USA
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:31 pm quote
You Guys are Real World Travelers
Wmak,

Keep those Portugal photos coming. I was last in Lisbon in 1974. There
was a revolution going on - we had to leave town.

Envy,

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls MN
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 2491
Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:32 pm quote
Hey Bob, they are celebrating 45 years of the revolution this week.

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Speeches on the square, before the band rocked the joint

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Roman Temple in Évora

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Wine = love

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 8603
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:03 pm quote
Wow. That's some dedication to ride planning.

And that goofball that does Wisconscoot can't even find time to pre-ride his- 3 hours away.
Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
Joined: 12 Apr 2015
Posts: 1887
Location: Finland
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:52 am quote
Pre-ride for September... that's the spirit!

Interesting to see more pics - I've been tens of times in Spain, unfortunately many of these just for business, but I've not yet managed to get myself into Portugal.

My Spanish colleague, a big boxer rider, says that some of the best touring routes go along the Northern coast of Portugal, continuing to Spain towards Bilbao.
Ossessionato
2006 GT200
Joined: 23 Feb 2016
Posts: 2694
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:34 am quote
Nice!!

We were gonna catch cheap flights to Lisbon in May and work our way into Spain, so I spent a bunch of time reading up on places to visit and it all looks very, very cool (but instead we're flying into Madrid).

Also, those these guys probably did more offroad than y'all plan on doing, but I really fell in love with this recent ride report. Just great photos and attitude:

https://advrider.com/f/threads/misadventures-in-iberia-%E2%80%93-trails-and-errors.1367739/

Enjoy!
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 2491
Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:14 pm quote
Mais de Alentejo. We went to Monseraz and Redondo today, as well as the Herdade do Esperăo winery. Research is hard sometimes.

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Parking for Monseraz

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The castle at Monseraz

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Vines, really tasty wine in a few years

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Had a coffee here in Redondo with the 3pm tipplers, a bunch of old farts who recognized us as the same and literally embraced us. We love this place!

Molto Verboso
Triumph Street Scrambler 2018, Suzuki VanVan200 (sold), 2015 Sprint 125 (sold)
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Location: Finland
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:27 am quote
Looking good!

Out of curiosity - what scoots do you ride and how are they doing their job?
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
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Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:18 am quote
We got SYM 125 Joyride, they are up to the task. It’s our first time renting from Cooltra.

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Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
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Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:59 pm quote
Castles
We went from Évora to Castelo Branco today, via Estremoz and Castelo de Vide. Lots of crenellations and cool stone work. We had coffee in Estremoz, lunch in Castelo de Vide, and supper in Castelo Branco. The best goat I have ever eaten, better than lamb chops, grilled to perfection.

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Estremoz

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We saw a bunch of nesting storks on the way to Castelo Branco

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View from the castle tower in Castelo de Vide

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Sunset from the terrace at our Castelo Branco hotel

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Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:19 pm quote
cat man
Cool pics...brings back some good memories.

Lived in a small town in the north of the country some years back when I was importing some cats from Turkey to the UK.
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Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:05 am quote
very nice report and great pics. if we weren't already committed to something during the scheduled trip, we would definitely do this one. Looks beautiful!
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
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Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:02 pm quote
Mais Castelos
We went up to Sortelha today, to see an unspoiled medieval town and yet another castle. Finished back in Castelo Branco with a delicious fish dinner. Off to Coimbra tomorrow.

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Templar castle at Sortelha

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Lunch companion

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Time out for photos

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They know their way around a grilled dorado at O Penguim.

Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
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Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:26 pm quote
Coimbra
As we continue our arduous journey, many marvels and wonders greet us at every turn. The road from Castelo Branco to Coimbra was a curvaceous and beautiful moto track. The curves were laid out so as to allow maximum lean and provide ridiculous grins on our faces. When we got to Coimbra, the hotel staff recommended two excellent choices for refreshment and recreation. The first, for a late lunch, was a local beer garden with Pilsner just like Oma drank. The supper place was a stunning Bacalau joint with fish to come back for. We’re heading for the coast tomorrow for more exhaustive research.

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Garden going in at Pampilsa

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University at Coimbra

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Cerveja!

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Old cash register still counting Escudos and centavos.

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Pshsh pshsh Luke, eu sou seu pai.

Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
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Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:41 pm quote
Culture day
University in the morning, Roman ruins in the afternoon, bonus castle on the way home.

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:00 pm quote
Damn. Portugal is looking a lot more interesting all the time. Can't make ride dates, but if airfares there stay low, who knows where the family winds up on our vacation....
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:27 pm quote
Porto
Cool ride this morning out of Coimbra, warmed up by the time we hit Porto.

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Coffee stop mid-way in Águeda

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Classic view of Porto from south bank of the Douro

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Roland macde friends with the Ape guy.

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Shadow from the iconic Dom Luis bridge, pride of Porto.

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One of our club mates has a scooter this exact color, and a matching jacket and helmet.

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Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:32 pm quote
Thanks for the wonderful memories of our 2017 trip to that amazing place. Looks like we had the same tour guide because the photos are the same. I couldn't believe all the construction that was going on in that country compared to other places in Europe that I have been fortunate enough to visit. Be safe and keep sending photos so we can enjoy.
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Wed May 01, 2019 4:37 am quote
Wow, pics look great and it looks like a great time. Really wish we did not already have plans made for the timeframe that this trip is scheduled as it is something we would definitely enjoy doing. Looks like our cup of tea (or mug of beer) so to speak!
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
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Wed May 01, 2019 1:40 pm quote
Flight out tomorrow, we turned in the scooters today, can't wait to come back in September!

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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Wed May 01, 2019 6:16 pm quote
Looks like it's going to be an awesome ride.

Thanks for taking us along!
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