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    Quote Originally Posted by peterc View Post
    No your not
    Oh yes he's not

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    Gone a bit quiet in here..........

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    he's fasting , sat in a Budda like trance prepping for the next installment

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    tan topped up now??

    go go go

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    Not much Internet where I am now.. Will be back on track soon though

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    funchal??

    azores??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    Not much Internet where I am now.. Will be back on track soon though
    well bloody hurry up we are having an adventure through you ye know



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    Quote Originally Posted by chad View Post
    well bloody hurry up we are having an adventure through you ye know


    I agree, find some internet soon, it's only your rambling that stops work being so boring. (and reminds me what I'm missing out )
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    think hes built a raft and is sailing back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairnet600 View Post
    funchal??

    azores??
    Quote Originally Posted by chad View Post
    well bloody hurry up we are having an adventure through you ye know


    Quote Originally Posted by Snow White View Post
    I agree, find some internet soon, it's only your rambling that stops work being so boring. (and reminds me what I'm missing out )
    Quote Originally Posted by Hairnet600 View Post
    think hes built a raft and is sailing back
    Don't be nagging lads - You know what effect that'll have, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr K View Post
    Don't be nagging lads - You know what effect that'll have, eh?

    I'm currently marooned on a sun lounger with a beer glass. I'll be back soon though..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    I'll be back soon though..
    I guess that depends on whether the glass is empty or not.....

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    Day 8 - Lagos to Oura

    Before I go on I forgot to say thanks to brianmaslen for his helpful pointers on Sintra and Coimbra

    OK. Not far to go today so we're dancing to a very leisurely tune. A good deal more leisurely it could have been, since I've been back in Portugal I've forgotten that they're on UK time so I've been an hour ahead of myself. Dim wit.

    A very nice breakfast, good fresh bread. Miguel is back to his cool self. I liked Lagos; less touristy than many other parts of the Algarve that I've been to. Miguel had mentioned that (impartially) he thought it the most unspoiled of the seaside towns and resorts and it was the most economic, which from dinner last night and certainly his bar prices were witness to

    So the plan today is to head up in to the hills on a run recommended by Humbug. In no time at all we're clear of Lagos and working our way up to the aforementioned hills. I'm on one of the 'M' class roads, the undulations of the road are superb. A real grin. Suspension by Zebedee. Very good GS riding



    We shall not be moo-ved. Didn't want to shift, this lot. I had to be careful too as there were calves about. Once I did get through the farmer following along in his truck and I had a non-language specific giggle.



    Coffee is taken in Monchique. 27 degrees it registers in the square, so feet up in the sun. A Spanish registered GS circles and stops, cue a meet with Juan Carlos from Granada who is here for a four day break with Mrs JC. We chat bikes for a while, good chap. He's on an '08 GS which went bang after he stuck the wrong fuel in it and BMW didn't sort it properly. Then followed a bigger bang and an even bigger squabble. Ah, the virtues of arguing the toss with BMW and their warranty. But now fixed he tells me it is better than ever and he's one happy esGSer.



    As recommended by a Goldwing trike owner who drops by the cafe there's a short run up to Foiva, the highest point in the Algarve, which I'm recommended is worth doing



    A good pointer, too- great views back down to Portimao on the coast and out to the ocean beyond.



    I'd read somewhere that Eucalyptus in Portugal had been subject to some sort of rot, there were more than a fair share of gnarly examples up in the hills..



    On we go, and fifteen or so very entertaining miles were done on the N267, very good rapid going in fact. There look to be plenty of fun roads worth exploring here so it'll be rude not to pop back.

    And finally linking back to the main road back to the coast..



    Hotel sorted.. and I'm here for a week or so..




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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post

    Hotel sorted.. and I'm here for a week or so..

    Enjoy
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    Days 9-18 - Algarve

    Well in a hell of a non-coincidence I manage to run into my old football team on their 2013 tour. So a few of these..



    And a few good times..



    The good living continues. How's that for an Elephant's leg?



    After a week of that I'm picking a passenger up for the next leg (not Elephant related) so there's a blast down to Faro airport. Flat out down an empty Algarve A22 motorway.. that'll blast the cobwebs out of it.


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    Day 19 - Oura to Ronda

    Time to confine the flip flops back to the bag.



    A miserable day to end to some terrific sunny days on the coast. We were due to ship out yesterday but as the forecast changed we held on for a few more rays and some decent nosebag.

    Today I get the feeling we might have held on a bit too long. It is raining a lot. Not even an early morning Portuguese custard tart and a coffee could improve my mood. Wringing wet, ten degrees- the Algarve has a positive Filey feel to it.

    Might have had one too many vino tinto last night. Look bad, feel worse.



    What to do? Given that the forecast looks crap and the SAT24.com image is Spain under a blanket of rapidly east heading cloud it seems the right thing to just get on the motorway and motor off into the distance. So we do that.

    My companion is well versed in the concept of bad days on the bike, but as yet has have experienced such days on the back. I explain that some days it is just about racking off the miles and shuttling from petrol station to petrol station. And so it proves to be, an hour and a bit at a time and dropping by Galp, Repsol and Cepsa, eating their unhealthy snacks and drinking their coffee.



    Ah. Here’s one of those brief stops. Oh, and note that the pillion passenger is wearing the rain jacket. Yes, the observant amongst us will have noted the term 'the'. It is the only, and my rain jacket. I on the other hand, for this trip have been relegated to a poncy North Face (what I think is) waterproof jacket, but it isn't. What it is, well, it is just a little bit better than no use at all. If you haven't sold your Aston Martin to buy a Rukka Suit you can't beat those plastic herbert jackets, and being the all round gent and good egg that I am, mine is being worn by someone else.

    South East of Seville we pick up the A375 off towards Ronda. Under usual circumstances this would be a terrific road. Decently fast, flowing and with great scenery as we move into the mountainous terrain and through the glorious ups and downs. However. Today, the scenery is much hidden by low menacing clouds, there's one hell of a crosswind.. And to turn a phrase it is pissing down. The rain goes sideways across my visor, upwards at points in a comedy fashion. The bike is a right handful, to the point where I can't even leave it in my favourite lolling along 6th gear and pootle- you need to be right on the revs for balance as though you're cornering right at the limit. When the wind doesn't blow right to left and we get in some sort of cover it just bites back going right to left.

    Hard work.

    We roll into Ronda around 5pm. Now we're here the weather clears slightly and we check into the charming and budget friendly Royal Hotel. Nice people and English spoken. No parking, but the helpful chappy let on that there's street space for Motos just around the corner. That works.

    A good room is sourced with an in room temperature controller that goes up to 32. Aha, let the drying out duties commence!

    We're still early enough for a walk of the town and the rain has eased.

    The Puente Nuevo across the Tajo gorge. Wow.







    Just magnificent views



    The Parador. Nice view from that, too..



    Evil Skies. I think you can probably sense what we left on the road earlier..



    Some local lads interview me for a school project. Their English is first class. Nice.



    Stopping for Tapas..



    And a bit more..



    Splendid

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