Posted by: Stevie D | June 13, 2012

A pause in proceedings.

Seville is, I believe, the hottest city in Europe. It certainly seemed to be on the day Jayney and I made our way from Conil de la Frontera to Portugal. You have to go via Seville to by-pass the Donana National Park, which I would hope to visit myself before too long. But time was now pressing and we had to get to Portugal soon to see to some items which had been on the backburner for far too long.

Talking about backburner, the road through Seville was like some kind of burner too. Every few minutes the water bottle was passed around and it was with some relief that we drew nearer the border and the cooling Atlantic breezes.

Motorway bridge over the Rio Guadalquivir at Seville.

Approaching the Portuguese border on the E01

As is the way with the European Union, the only way you know you’ve reached the national border is a flurry of road signs saying welcome to Portugal. We had been in Spain for many weeks, working our way down its beautiful coast but we were looking forward to the new country and with it, new challenges. New ways to say ‘two beers please’ and ‘where are the toilets’.New foods to try, different laws to avoid breaking. Despite what I used to think, Portugal is very different from it’s adjacent, much larger neighbour. It’s own unique identity, and proud people intent on upholding that uniqueness.

It was early evening as we crossed into Portugal, and we decided to stop for the night at the first opportunity. That opportunity arose in the form of a motorhome parking place at the small town of Castro Marim, just over the border.

After eating, we took a wander around this quaint and very quiet little towm before, as sometimes happens, we found ourselves in a bar. It was called the Medieval bar and it had a lovely olde worlde interior  with a peaceful garden where Jayney and I mulled over recent events and discussed events to come. The main attraction of this bar though was the friendliness of the couple who owned it. Our every request was fulfilled with a smile and they really couldn’t do enough for us. An ordinary bar in an ordinary town but our first night in Portugal left us with a warm glow inside.

Castro Marim has an quaint feeling that is typical of rural Portugal.

Each house is decorated in its own unique style.

Our hosts were excellent at their job.

Next day, we upped sticks once more and took the short drive down the coast to Quarteira. We set up camp at the Orbitur campsite. This was to be our base for almost two weeks as we set some wheels in motion and put some arrangements in place.In between, we did manage a few pleasure days out on the bike, one in particular to the small town of Alvor. The N125 road which runs along the Algarve coast is lined with locals selling oranges, lemons and cherries and, apart from the rather erratic condition of its surface is a fine ride. Best to avoid the busy times though, and in our time here, the best trip we’ve had on it was as dusk came in. I love to ride at this time anyway. Air-cooled engines, I feel, seem to run better as it gets dark. Is that crazy? Opinions welcome.

The view from our pitch at Orbitur camping.

One of several tracks laid to allow visitors to stroll easily around Alvor.

It’s a long, long beach at Quarteira.

Our business in this part of the Algarve will soon be complete and then the trip will recommence. I hope you’ve not been too bored waiting for something to happen. I’m hoping to post again in a couple of days and then we should be off again to wherever. Thank you indeed for your continued interest.


  1. Hi, Mike the Bass here. We could do with a bit of that heat here as it is still freezing in mid June. Winds up 70 some days bringing trees down and I don’t think we have had a dry day in three months. what you said about the engine running better in the evening, it should with water cooled too, but usually people set the air filters wrong and it draws in air from the engine compartment (which is less ventilated than an air cooled one). If you see what happen to a half plastic bottle of water with the lid on that is taken out of the fridge and left in the sun the air inside seems to have expanded x2 so at night you are getting much richer oxygen per cubic foot that in the day. In Drag racing speeds go up by as much as 15/20 mph as the cool evening racing starts. Bet you want those ten minutes of your life back now! See yall later!…… Mike

    • That’s a very ‘Mikey’ reply Mikey, if ever there was one. Give me a chance to read it through a few times and I might get my head around it.

  2. Loving reading about your journey, and the pictures too. xx

    • Thanks Troodles. It’s the trip of a lifetime I guess. Unless we do it again one day. 🙂

  3. Hey Steve and Jayney,

    Hope the ‘business’ side of your trip went well. We have been thinking of you. Waiting for pics!!

    Much love,
    Jane, Andy and the Sprogs xx

    • Yep, all sorted here and moving on soon. Thanks for your kind thoughts. Hoping all is good with you guys.

  4. Hey Steve and Jayney! Glad to see a posting….been awhile. Got worried. Regarding that heat stuff, I posted your solution on Wednesday, LOL. Keep it rubber down and shiny up brother. Look forward to your next post. BikerMonkey

    • Next post will be about why we have been here so long BM. We’re looking forward to getting back on the road now though.

  5. As usual, making me wish summer away so we can get there.

    • You must be getting itchy feet by now John, but never wish your summer away.

      • Hope not. Summers are to short as it is in Canada

  6. Congratulations to both of you, you are looking very tanned and relaxed. Hope to meet up before too long. Be safe, Ron & Michele

    • Thanks guys. We’ll be passing this way again, no doubt, before too long. Should be looking even more tanned and relaxed by then. 🙂

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