Category: Europe

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 3 of 6

Our Portuguese Camino continues from O Mesón to Pontevedra! After the previous long day of 24 km (14.9 miles) of hiking, we were looking forward to a much lighter day of just 11.7 (7.3 miles). This ended up being one of our favorite hiking days because of the perfect weather and scenery of gorgeous vineyards, forested hiking areas, and quaint Spanish towns. Since we … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 3 of 6

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 2 of 6

Day 2 of our Camino from O Porriño to O Mesón! Since today was going to be a long day of 24 km (14.9 miles) of hiking, we decided to get an early start on our day. We were up at 6:15, ate breakfast, packed, and were hiking through the darkness of O Porriño by 7 AM. We expected the temperatures to be quite … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 2 of 6

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 1 of 6

All throughout my life I’ve been inspired by movies. When Top Gun came out in 1986 I was a young and impressionable teenager who wanted to join the US Navy and take to the skies in an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet. Little did I know that one must have excellent grades in high school and college just to be selected to be a student … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 1 of 6

Riding the Backcountry of Northern Portugal

This was to be our last day in Portugal. We were a bit sad to leave but we were also looking forward to the next part of our journey which would start once we crossed the border back into Spain.  Our typical motorcycle travels consist of a mix of stopping to experience the beauty and culture of a region and the pure joy of … Read More Riding the Backcountry of Northern Portugal

Climbing the Steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal

Our travels along the west coast of Portugal continue as we ride our motorcycles from Porto to Braga. The late July weather in this region of Portugal has been much more agreeable than the hot temperatures of southern Spain we were experiencing just a few week ago. As we neared the beach at São Paio, we were impressed at how much of the roads … Read More Climbing the Steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal

The Charming City of Porto, Portugal

This week’s adventure starts on a boat! An Airbnb boat located at Douro Marina just south of the city of Porto. We decided to relax for a few days, enjoy the summer sun, and reminisce about a life we once lived three years ago. Chantil and I raised our family on a 36-foot sailboat for 11 years. When we decided to move to Europe, … Read More The Charming City of Porto, Portugal

Summer in Aveiro and Costa Nova, Portugal

When we started planning for our motorcycle travels, Chantil and I agreed to plan destinations based on the perfect temperature of 75-80° F. No super hot or cold weather for us! The west central coast of Portugal in late July felt about perfect as we traveled through the coastal town of Aveiro and Costa Nova. After our breakfast at the Airbnb, we went for … Read More Summer in Aveiro and Costa Nova, Portugal

Riding from Lisbon to Aveiro, Portugal

Although we really enjoyed Lisbon and Sintra, we felt the urge to continue traveling and experience new things. Today’s agenda was to leave the hustle and bustle of the capital city and head north towards the city of Obidos for lunch and then to Aveiro. 22 July Map: Today we covered 305 km (190 miles) from Lisbon to Aveiro. Leaving Lisbon while sharing the … Read More Riding from Lisbon to Aveiro, Portugal

Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe

If you’ve been following our travels throughout Europe, you’ll soon discover that we are fans of street art and murals. Whenever we visit a large city we will typically reserve one day to walk around and discover the unique artist. One particular artist that has stood out to us is environmental artist Artur Bordalo, who goes by Bordalo II (pronounced Bordalo Segundo). Bordalo II … Read More Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe

Spiritually Fed in Lisbon, Portugal

When Chantil and I discussed full-time travel, one of the most important things to us was ensuring we continued to honor the “sabbath” by attending church services and spending the day focused on relaxing and more spiritual thoughts. As Christians, our sabbath is typically on Sunday in the western world. Since the COVID-19 pandemic it has been very difficult to attend church services. Our … Read More Spiritually Fed in Lisbon, Portugal

+

Summary of 2020

What a YEAR! Never in our wildest imaginations did we expect a year like 2020! It definitely had its ups and downs… This is a short summary of our year of full-time motorcycle traveling starting in Idaho, United States and ending in Budva, Montenegro. January It was a wonderful blessing to take the time to visit with most of our family in Idaho. We … Read More Summary of 2020

+

2021 Calendar Review

For this blog post we thought it would be interesting to talk about each of the photographs that were used for the 2021 viajarMOTO calendar. All of these were taken during our motorcycle travels in 2020. Each of these photographs immediately puts us back into the moment. The memories, feelings, and senses are flooded as we are transported back in time! January: Trans Euro … Read More 2021 Calendar Review