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

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