Tag: BMW

Product Review: The Helmet Hook

I don’t particularly like doing product reviews. I would rather reminisce over memories of our travel videos than shoot, edit, and publish product review videos. However, when George, the inventor of The Helmet Hook, reached out to provide a review, I said “Why not?” It’s been a wonderful product that has served us well over the last 5 years of motorcycling. The Problem Our … Read More Product Review: The Helmet Hook

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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