Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe

🗓: 21 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Lisbon, Portugal 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 outContinue reading “Discovering “Trash Animals” in Europe”

Spiritually Fed in Lisbon, Portugal

🗓: 19 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Lisbon, Portugal The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 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. AsContinue reading “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 toContinue reading “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 asContinue reading “2021 Calendar Review”

A Fairytale Day in Sintra, Portugal

🗓: 20 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Sintra, Portugal Every fairytale seems to have a medieval castle surrounding by glorious scenery, enchanting foods, and an intuition well. Our fairytale day in Sintra has all this and more! Our fairytale day begins and ends with a three-wheeled rickshaw. After parking our motorcycles in the parking area weContinue reading “A Fairytale Day in Sintra, Portugal”

The Southwestern Coastal Route, Portugal

🗓: 16 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Algarve & Alentejo Regions, 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 trailsContinue reading “The Southwestern Coastal Route, Portugal”

Portugal’s Southeastern Algarve Region

🗓: 15 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Region of Algarve, Portugal 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 intoContinue reading “Portugal’s Southeastern Algarve Region”

A Voyage of Discovery in 1492

🗓: 14 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Provinces of Seville and Huelva, Spain This blog post covers 125 km (78 miles) from Seville to the PS20 Solar Power Plant (A) and then to Muelle de las Carabelas (B). PS20 Solar Power Plant Just 40 minutes west of Seville lies the futuristic looking towers of one ofContinue reading “A Voyage of Discovery in 1492”

Seville – The Pearl of Andalusia

🗓: 11 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Seville, Spain 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 8Continue reading “Seville – The Pearl of Andalusia”

Exploring the Towns of Western Andalusia

🗓: 10 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Region of Andalusia, Spain 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? RidingContinue reading “Exploring the Towns of Western Andalusia”

Júzcar – The Smurfiest Village in Europe

🗓: 9 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Júzcar, Spain 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 aContinue reading “Júzcar – The Smurfiest Village in Europe”

Caminito del Rey – World’s Most Dangerous Walkway?

🗓: 7 Jul 2020 | 🌍: El Caminito del Rey, Spain 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 itContinue reading “Caminito del Rey – World’s Most Dangerous Walkway?”

Multicolored Málaga, Spain

🗓: 5 Jul 2020 | 🌍: 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. Our first stop was to learn moreContinue reading “Multicolored Málaga, Spain”

Hiking El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

🗓: 4 Jul 2020 | 🌍: Providences of Córdoba and Málaga, Spain Our route covered 182 km (113 miles) of riding from Córdoba, to El Torcal de Antequera, then to an Airbnb close to Málaga. Along the way to El Torcal de Antequera, we stopped at a unique road-side attraction near Lucena, Spain. Fábrica DeContinue reading “Hiking El Torcal de Antequera, Spain”

Spanish Bull Fighting – History, Tradition, and Controversy

🗓: 4 Aug | 🌍: Southwest Regions, Spain As an young kid who lived in the United States, I grew up on the staple American meal of hamburgers. I have fond memories of weekly dinners with my father and sister, where we would eat delicious 50 cent hamburgers and drink vanilla shakes. Some years agoContinue reading “Spanish Bull Fighting – History, Tradition, and Controversy”

Culturally Colorful Córdoba, Spain

🗓: 28 Jul | 🌍: Providences of Granada and Córdoba, Spain Our motorcycle travels continue west along the southern coast of Spain as we leave the city of Granada and make our way inland to the culturally colorful city of Córdoba. During this blog post we covered 225 km (140 miles) of pavement from GranadaContinue reading “Culturally Colorful Córdoba, Spain”

Enjoying the Central Southern Coast of Spain

🗓: 21 Jul | 🌍: Providences of Granada and Málaga, Spain Map of our day’s journey: We went from Granada, to the southern coast, and back again – 229 km (142 miles). After a one-hour ride to our destination we were greated with… …this disappointing news – PROHIBIDO! We were really looking forward to hikingContinue reading “Enjoying the Central Southern Coast of Spain”

Hiking the Sierra Nevadas of Granada, Spain

🗓: 12 Jul | 🌍: Providence of Granada, Spain One of the main advantages of staying at Airbnb style homes is the wonderful people you often meet. Angela, our host in Granada, did a exceptional job of making us feel at home during our stay at Granada. She is an avid hiker and invited usContinue reading “Hiking the Sierra Nevadas of Granada, Spain”

The Gorgeous City of Granada, Spain

🗓: 05 Jul | 🌍: Granada, Spain Our travels are now in full swing as we continue clockwise around Spain to the city of Granada, Spain. Our main reason for coming here was to visit the famous Alhambra Palace. Normally, one would have to reserve tickets weeks in advance to see this attraction, however dueContinue reading “The Gorgeous City of Granada, Spain”

Exploring the Providence of Almaría, Spain

🗓: 28 Jun | 🌍: Providence of Almería, Spain This weeks progress was just 330 km of riding southwest from the providence of Murcia to Almería. Monday, 22 June This week started with a note. A note to Maria thanking her for hosting us for the last three months. I don’t think we could haveContinue reading “Exploring the Providence of Almaría, Spain”

Riding the Trans Euro Trail, Murcia, Spain

🗓: 13 Jun | 🌍: Region of Murcia, Spain “Change is the only constant in life.” ~Heraclitus We never intended to ride the Trans Euro Train in Spain. Our original plan was to travel mostly pavement, visiting each of the virtual push-pins from our online map of places we wanted to see in Spain. TheContinue reading “Riding the Trans Euro Trail, Murcia, Spain”

Phase II with Ups and Downs

🗓: 26 May | 🌍: Region of Murcia, Spain The country of Spain continues to maintain its “State of Alarm” – a condition it’s been in for 73 days now. Our region of Murcia has low enough COVID-19 cases that it has reached Phase II which means a bit more freedom for its citizens. MostContinue reading “Phase II with Ups and Downs”

Freedom is Just Over the Horizon

🗓: 08 May 2020 | ✏️: Travis Gill Next week we’ll have been in quarantine for almost two months! If you told me that we would be in this position two months ago, I would have never believed you. Two months ago, on March 8th, we had just entered the French city of Millau andContinue reading “Freedom is Just Over the Horizon”

The Spanish State of Alarm is Taking its Toll

🗓: 25 Apr 2020 | ✏️: Travis Gill This week was a bit tougher emotionally for me… I think one of the main reasons for this was that the mandatory quarantine of Spain has gone on longer than I initially imagined. When it started, I felt like it would last a month before the COVID-19Continue reading “The Spanish State of Alarm is Taking its Toll”

Sitting it out in Southern Spain

🗓: 16 Apr 2020 | ✏️: Travis Gill I’m writing this from a relaxing porch of a traditional Spanish home located near Cartagena. The temperature is a comfortable 21C (70F) and the skies are cloudy but not enough to block out the occasional rays of warm sunshine that sweep across my face. All around meContinue reading “Sitting it out in Southern Spain”

Things are Continuing to Look Up

🗓: 6 Apr 2020 | ✏️: Travis Gill Spain has been one of the countries hit especially hard by COVID-19. As of today, it is just behind the United States in number of infected cases. Considering that the country of Spain is similar in size to Texas, and twice the population, this is substantial. SpainContinue reading “Things are Continuing to Look Up”

Looking Up

🗓: 28 Mar 2020 | ✏️: Travis Gill I wish I could start out this week’s update with incredibly beautiful pictures of southern Spain, Morocco, and Portugal! This, simply, is not the case as we continue to be part of a strict country-wide ban on non-essential travel. Spain was especially hit hard with the COVID-19Continue reading “Looking Up”

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is Changing Things

🗓: 15 Mar 2020 | ✏️: Travis Gill It’s been an interesting week. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be CORONAVIRUS! It has hit Europe especially hard including France, and Spain – the two countries we’ve been traveling through this past week. Although Chantil and I have discussed theContinue reading “Coronavirus (COVID-19) is Changing Things”

Searching for Southern Sun

🗓: 8 Mar 2020 | ✏️: Travis Gill It’s been a interesting week full of excitement and a few disappointments… First the disappointments: I realized too late that we were supposed to finish the payment on our ferry from France to Morocco. The instructions were sent to me in Italian and I failed to translatedContinue reading “Searching for Southern Sun”

Planning for a Year of Europe Travel Despite Schengen Limits

2020 is going to be a great year for us! Starting in March we will begin full-time travel starting in Morocco, Africa, and then clockwise around Europe trying to see as much as we can. How do we plan our trip? This is a great question and it’s not as difficult as you think itContinue reading “Planning for a Year of Europe Travel Despite Schengen Limits”