Portugal in fact is a sovereign nation about one fifth the size of its tapas and Rioja consuming neighbor to the east. And, get ready, it has some truly amazing motorcycling country. This statement is not hyperbole I assure you.
In late May, my wife Ellen and I hired a guide and 2004 Triumph Sprint RS through the British tour operator Motocadia for a week. Motocadia's owner, Julian Cade, promised an adventure consisting of twisty roads, elegant lodging, local food, and desolate motorways of prime Euro-tarmac ripe for enjoyment. Our guide, Ken McKay, a former bike racer, civil engineer, and diamond merchant kept things lively both in and out of the saddle. In the following posts, I'll talk about the trip and share some insights about Portugal, a country that never failed to entertain, amaze, and stir our curiosity. Meanwhile, photos from the trip can be viewed in the Spirit of Portugal gallery.