Category: Spain

Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 4 of 6

We were looking forward to a day of rest! Three days ago we had started our Camino from the border of Portugal and hiked 52.7 km (32.8 miles) to the city of Pontevedra. Since it was a Sunday, we took the day off to enjoy the sabbath, discover a few churches, and explore a little bit of Pontevedra. Capela da Peregrina (Chapel of the … Read More Hiking the Portuguese Camino – Day 4 of 6

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

A Voyage of Discovery in 1492

What a bizarre year 2020 is shaping up to be! While rioters in the United States are tearing down statues of Christopher Columbus during Black Lives Matters (BLM) rallies, we’re on our way to learn more about the ships and the location of one of history’s most famous expeditions – the discovery of the new continent by the Europeans. This blog post covers 125 … Read More A Voyage of Discovery in 1492

Seville – The Pearl of Andalusia

While in Seville, we stayed at an Airbnb. Our hostess, Maria, owns a large home where she rents a couple private rooms. She also allowed us to park our motorcycling securely inside her gated yard. This adventure was going to be on foot! This was our 8 km (5 mile) walking route through the various parks, city center, and some attractions of Seville. We … Read More Seville – The Pearl of Andalusia

Exploring the Towns of Western Andalusia

With the temperatures in Seville being forecast to be over 40.5°C (105°F), I was starting to wonder why on Earth we were planning a trip there? Wouldn’t it be more comfortable riding along the cooler coast instead of sweating under heavy motorcycle gear inland? Riding in hot temperatures can be unpleasant, no doubt, but a bit of uncomfortably was not worth missing out on … Read More Exploring the Towns of Western Andalusia

Ronda, Spain – A Majestic City on a Cliff

Ronda, Spain is a town in the province of Málaga that is best known for its strikingly beautiful Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) that spans the 120-metre-deep (390 ft) chasm created by the Guadalevín River. The old part of the town is small enough that it is best appreciated by walking. We recommend starting this 3.7 meter route about 1.5 hours before sunset so you … Read More Ronda, Spain – A Majestic City on a Cliff

Júzcar – The Smurfiest Village in Europe

I first heard of the village of Júzcar after reading about it on Atlas Obscura. Chantil and I love road-side attractions and an entire village painted Smurf blue definitely counts, in our view, as something to see and expereince. Just a nice easy day of riding a 51 km (32 miles) loop from Ronda to Júzcar and back. The day was already shaping up … Read More Júzcar – The Smurfiest Village in Europe

Caminito del Rey – World’s Most Dangerous Walkway?

I first heard of El Caminito del Rey on a travel website showing insane pictures of precarious rusted walkways that nearly clung to cliff walls with three hundred foot drop-offs. I remember the sense of adrenaline I felt from seeing the pictures and it was something that I wanted to experience first hand. I added a “want to go” pin to my Google Maps … Read More Caminito del Rey – World’s Most Dangerous Walkway?

Multicolored Málaga, Spain

Our tour of southern Spain continues as we take a day to explore the colorful coastal city of Málaga. Málaga is one of the oldest European cities and was originally founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka over 2,800 years ago. The Home and Museum of Pablo Picasso Our first stop was to learn more about the Spanish artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso. He was born … Read More Multicolored Málaga, Spain

Hiking El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

Today I turned 48 years old! I never imagined years ago that I would be enjoying my birthday riding through southern Spain on a motorcycle during a world-wide virus pandemic. We’ve got a great day of riding and hiking planned so we loaded the mules and headed south towards cooler temperatures of the Mediterranean coast. Our route covered 182 km (113 miles) of riding … Read More Hiking El Torcal de Antequera, Spain