Final taste of bike life: Portimau – Faro

The last bit of my journey was the least picturesque. While it started the same, with the classic magical elixir:  The rest of the day was a little bit grueling. I spent my last 90km along a pretty uneventful regional highway, passing by resort after golf resort, getting passed by RVs and transport trucks. Thankfully, there was … More Final taste of bike life: Portimau – Faro

The surf, the sun, and reaching the south: Carrapateira – Portimao

Travelling to the south-western nip of Portugal was a breathtaking journey. There was a lovely , quiet, “collectors” road beside the highway which made for smooth riding all the way to the tip. I stopped for snacks at a popular surf beach which was absolutely spectacular – perfect beach surrounded by stunning cliffs. It also … More The surf, the sun, and reaching the south: Carrapateira – Portimao

Mountainous switchbacks make powerful thighs: VN de Milfontes to Carrapateira

Another perfectly sunny day. I saddled up my pony and glided to a nearby town to check out a stunning view and drink a pair of espressos. It turned out that caffeine and bag of chips became essential fuel for the mountain switchbacks that were to come. At this point in my journey, I had decided … More Mountainous switchbacks make powerful thighs: VN de Milfontes to Carrapateira

An afternoon in the magical Vile Nova de Milfontes

It was a real treat to get to my campsite early in the afternoon and having a few daylight hours to explore the charming town and beach of Vile Nova de Milfontes. This little town is nestled on the Alentejo coastline with rugged coastlines and perfect sandy beaches. I spent a bit of time exploring the … More An afternoon in the magical Vile Nova de Milfontes

Avoiding highways, tiny dirt roads, spectacular beaches, and miles of sand: Santiago do Cacém and south

Day 3 of my bike trip was not my longest day, but it had more than its share of adventure from the very beginning. My day got off to an awkward start. Basically, the A series highways are full-on motorways, upon which it is illegal (and inadvisable) to cycle on. My camping spot was close … More Avoiding highways, tiny dirt roads, spectacular beaches, and miles of sand: Santiago do Cacém and south

Giant pinecones, half-naked trees, and pretty beaches: Setúbal – Santiago do Cacém

As you can see from the elevation map, my second day on the bike got off to a FAST start – going basically straight downhill, while swerving around tight mountainous corners. It was an exhillerating way to start the day, with epic scenery that I was going way too fast to take any pictures of. Once … More Giant pinecones, half-naked trees, and pretty beaches: Setúbal – Santiago do Cacém

Sunshine, hills, and second-guessing: Lisbon to Portinho da Arrábida

The first day of my bike trip dawned bright and sunny. Extra bright, because it turns out I forgot my sunglasses. I walked the few blocks to Bike Iberia where the really friendly staff had my bike ready and waiting for me. The first real hiccup of the trip had already occurred – I planned … More Sunshine, hills, and second-guessing: Lisbon to Portinho da Arrábida