From Lisbon to Tordesilhas: A Sleep-Deprived Rider’s Delight

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Welcome to the thrilling first stage of our epic motorcycle adventure! In this leg of our journey, we depart from the vibrant city of Lisbon, fueled by adrenaline and a lack of sleep. Join me as I recount the exhilarating tales of setting up my BMW GS1200 Adventure, crossing borders, and finding budget-friendly comfort in Tordesilhas. Get ready for a prelude to the real adventure that lies ahead!

Departure and Last-Minute Preparations

With the sun high above Lisbon’s picturesque skyline, I bid farewell to my nocturnal endeavors. Having worked tirelessly through the night until 10 am, I had a mere three hours to set up my trusty GS1200 Adventure, pack my luggage, and tie up all the loose ends. Adrenaline coursing through my veins, and a few cups of the good old coffee, I embraced the challenge with a mix of determination and excitement. Lunchtime arrived, and I was finally ready to hit the road and leave the sun-kissed shores of Portugal.

Meeting a Fellow 2-Wheeler and Crossing Borders

As I embarked on my two-wheeled odyssey, a fortuitous encounter awaited me. Just as I was departing west out of Lisbon, amidst the city traffic, I got a phone call. Filled with healthy envy, a fellow 2wheeler was waiting for me at a gas station en route. It was a quick 5 min gathering for the farewells and a bunch of advice that I was too tired to listen to, so I simply nodded my head. No worries, he’s used to it:). We set off on our respective journeys, waving goodbye as I ventured toward the unknown. The road ahead led me to the Spanish border, marking the first international crossing of my expedition. With every mile, the anticipation grew for the true adventures that awaited.

Tordesilhas – A Gateway and a Much-Needed Rest

Arriving in Tordesilhas, I found myself less than halfway to my next destination, Santander, where a ferry to Plymouth awaited me. It was here, in this quaint Spanish town, that I sought respite from the road. A good night’s sleep was essential to recharge my weary body and prepare for the adventures ahead. Determined to keep a controlled budget, I opted for a modest yet comfortable hotel room. At a mere cost of 25 euros, it was a small price to pay for the rest I needed. Refueling is also of major importance for us riders.

Bridging Divisions and Exploring Worlds

Tordesilhas holds a historical significance that resonates with our journey of exploration. It was here, in 1494, that the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed, dividing the uncharted lands between Spain and Portugal. The same spirit of adventure and discovery that shaped the world in the Age of Exploration now propelled me forward on my motorcycle expedition. The difference is that I don’t want to own the world, I simply want to enjoy it in my most prized way – Motorcycle Traveling – and whether it’s adventure bike riding, motorcycle touring, or any other form of travel on 2 wheels, that’s what makes me happy. Yet, as I rode through the streets of Tordesilhas, I couldn’t help but feel a connection to those intrepid explorers who embarked on daring voyages of their own.

Speaking of Tordesilhas, it’s a charming town. Set on the Douro river banks, the medieval bridge is a must-see, as well as the Plaza Mayor, The Santa Clara Monestry, and the overall life around the city. As a fun fact, did you know that an annual international motorcycle winter gathering is held here since 2001? That’s right. Motoauros is held every January and it’s surely worth considering attending.

Wrapping-it Up:

In this thrilling first stage, I departed Lisbon after a night of work, fueled by excitement and determination. Crossing borders and forging connections, I arrived in the gateway town of Tordesilhas, seeking a much-needed rest. As I settled into my modest hotel room, the anticipation grew for the true adventures that awaited me. Stay tuned for the next chapter of our exhilarating journey as we continue our quest through Wales, England, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and beyond!

Like they say… if you don’t go… you’ll never know!

Ride on, keep an open mind for adventure, and don’t forget to enjoy it.

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