Tag: Adventure

Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

I unzipped the opening of our tent and let the morning sun flood inside. We both peered outside and marveled at the mountain peaks guarding us like giant rock sentinels. Our previous day’s efforts, of riding the challenging 5.3 miles (8.5 kms) military road, had paid off with one of the best wild campsites we’ve ever experienced in Europe! We were feeling quite accomplished … Read More Acts of Love and a Bear Made of Trash

A Long Slog to Fort de Viraysse

After the previous two long days of riding our motorcycles 880 km (547 miles) on paved roads, we were itching to slow down and do a bit of exploring via the less traveled dirt roads. Fortunately, we were in the French Alps so there were plenty of dirt road options available. The day started with some wonderful riding through small French towns and narrow … Read More A Long Slog to Fort de Viraysse

Riding through Provence and Verdon Gorge, France

We are flying! Covering 880 km (547 miles) in two days is not our typical happy travel pace. On average, we tend to travel no more than 150-200 miles (240-320 km) per day. So why the rush? Because we felt like we were running out of time. As American citizens, we are limited to 90 days of travel in Schengen Europe areas (highlighted below … Read More Riding through Provence and Verdon Gorge, France

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

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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

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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

The Southwestern Coastal Route, Portugal

We never intended to be in Portugal this late in the season. Our original plan, back in February, was to enjoy Portugal in May and ride predominately off-road on the Portugal Adventure Country Track (ACT). The ACT is a series of published off-road trails designed for motorcycles and four-wheel drive vehicles. Portugal was the first one to be published and there are currently three … Read More The Southwestern Coastal Route, Portugal

Portugal’s Southeastern Algarve Region

Over the last three month, the borders between Portugal and Spain had been closed due to COVID-19. As of July 1st, they were reopened to travelers, and we were beyond exited to be finally entering a new country! Crossing the Puente Internacional del Guadiana into a new country – Portugal! After crossing the border, we entered the Algarve region. This southernmost region of Portugal … Read More Portugal’s Southeastern Algarve Region

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