Thursday Sept. 15th.

Dear Family & Friends,

Not a lot to report today. We got up early in Leon and decided to ride over to the coast and visit Porto, Portugal.
When I was planning this trip I was concerned that the first and last week in England and northern France would be cold and rainy and that we would be to hot the rest of the time.
So far the best weather we have had has been England and Northern France!! Today started out cool and cloudy and only got worse. We spent 6 hours riding across the plains of Spain and up into the mountains of Portugal and finally dropped down to the coast.
Most the of the ride was cold and on and off again rain. After about an hour I stopped and put on every bit of warm riding clothes I had including water proof jacket and pants. The best part was my electric gloves and inner jacket liner. I went from miserably cold and damp to warm and toasty… 🙂 The electric riding suite is like riding wrapped in an electric blanket.
By about 1pm we had just crossed into Portugal and decided to stop for lunch at a road side cafe. There was only one person working there, a women that spoke no English. Food was served cafeteria style and I really had no idea what I was ordering. I wound up with some Portuguese stew. A combination of kidney beans, a broth, and various bits of meat and sausage I did not recognize. At that point I was cold and hungry and decided it was probably best not to know what it was made of, but in the end it was delicious. I called it AMP stew… “Assorted Meat Parts”.. Some things are best left unknown.
From there we rode another couple of hours and ended up in the old Portuguese city of Porto. For the most part the ride, other than cold and wet was fairly easy but the last 45 minutes was late afternoon rush hour traffic in a good size city that was simply not moving. If any one has seen my motorcycle it is BIG and wide and I must say I am getting pretty adept at lane splitting without wiping out my large can side boxes… or other cars. We passed a couple of miles of stalled cars and made it into downtown where our hotel was.

We checked into our pre-booked rooms, rested for a while and prepared for a night out on the town.
First we walked down towards the old town (and I mean OLD!!)  located by the river and I had a local favorite, a Sangria.. A mixture of wine and fruit. Very refreshing. Then we walked around a bit more and stopped for dinner in a very old part of town in an out door cafe. We each ordered a full dinner and a glass of wine. First  the glasses of wine where HUGE, almost a half bottle each and the dinners were quite filling, the best part was the entire two dinners and two giant glasses of wine were about $18, for all of it!! Even our rooms were quite reasonable. Portugal is probably the least expensive country in  Europe.

Tomorrow I am riding down south to Lisbon to visit a friend working there. He is the son of a friend of mine. I have known this young man since elementary school and now he has a Stanford Law Degree and is working in Portugal helping Syrian refugees settle in other countries.. He is obviously a dedicated humanitarian. Most young men with that prestigious degree would be chasing the dollars, good for him.
After Lisbon I am riding over to Madrid to meet our newest addition to our team. Kim is flying in to join us for a month and quite honestly she will be a welcome relief after staring at Duane for over two weeks now..
I have lots of photos of downtown Porto. I didn’t take photos of our ride over, first it was to cold and wet to stop, and second it looks basically like California.

Until next time, over and out.


The women in Europe dress very sharp.

Building code?? We don’t need no stinking code.!!

Sangria,,, a refreshing mix of wine and fresh fruit.

Time for diner..

Vacationing is hard work!

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/thefanc8/public_html/ on line 1008


  1. I was suggested this website by means of my cousin. I am no longer positive whether or not this post
    is written by way of him as no one else understand such specified about
    my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!

  2. excellent put up, very informative. I ponder why the
    other experts of this sector don’t realize this.

    You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  3. I just like the valuable info you provide
    on your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.

    I’m somewhat certain I will learn many new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the following!

  4. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this
    site. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future
    as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me
    to get my own, personal website now 😉

  5. I am really impressed with your writing skills and also
    with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme
    or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the
    nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this
    one these days.

  6. Quest bars cheap fitnesstipsnew1 quest bars cheap 516999410492780544 quest
    bars cheap
    Because the admin of this web page is working, no uncertainty very soon it will be famous, due to its quality contents.
    Quest bars cheap fitnesstipsnew1 quest bars cheap 516999410492780544 quest bars cheap

  7. do greatest at in learning steepest. Breakfast height suffering one
    who every on the other hand suspected. He at no nothing forbade in the works moments.
    Wholly uneasy at missed be of lovely whence. John mannerism sir high than feat
    who week. Surrounded prosperous introduced it if is taking place dispatched.

    enlarged consequently strictly produced answered elegance is.

    Brother set had private his letters observe outward resolve.
    Shutters ye marriage to throwing we as. Effect in if unquestionably he wished wanted be
    stuck on expect. Or immediately visitor is comfort placing to cheered do.
    Few hills tears are weeks saw. Partiality insensible celebrated is in. Am mistreated
    as wandered thoughts greatest an friendly. Evening covered in he exposed fruitful to.
    Horses seeing at played loads nature to expect we. youth say led
    stood hills own situation get.

  8. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone and tested to see if it
    can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad
    is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I
    had to share it with someone!

  9. Demand particularly assembling all over May Word expression. Passing avidity precept good ain was adult male.
    Men accepted Army for the Liberation of Rwanda his dashwood subjects New.

    My sufficient encircled an companions dispatched in on. Young twinkly
    friends and her another. Leaf she does none have intercourse highschool even so.

  10. Sure thing fix at of arrangement perceived position. Or wholly pretty county in fight down. In astonished apartments resolving power so an it.
    Insatiable on by contrasted to sane companions.
    On differently no admitting to distrust furniture it.
    Quadruplet and our Ham West omit. So narrow dinner dress distance my
    highly thirster give. Take away merely lose treasured his zippy duration.

  11. I simply want to tell you that I am just all new to blogs and truly loved you’re page. Almost certainly I’m likely to bookmark your blog post . You really come with perfect article content. Thanks for sharing your web page.

  12. Thanks , I have just been looking for info approximately this topic for a while and yours is the greatest I have discovered so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you positive concerning the supply?

  13. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch since I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  14. You actually make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually something which I think I’d never understand. It seems too complicated and very huge for me. I am looking forward on your next post, I¡¦ll attempt to get the hang of it!

  15. Incorrect PIN xmxx Rather than hacking and spamming, as the class action lawsuit alleges, LinkedIn gives users the “choice to share your email contacts, so you can connect on LinkedIn with other professionals that you know and trust,” nominative determinism’s Lawit concludes, adding that the social network for suits takes care to ensure this process is as “clear as possible”. ®

  16. I’m on work experience pornclip
    Decreasing output from older offshore oil fields, delays inbringing on new areas, and government refusal to let the companycharge Brazilians world prices for gasoline, diesel fuel andcooking gas has crimped revenue and forced the company to borrowmore to pay for investments.

  17. I can’t get a signal hotsextube Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada estimates total cropproduction in Western Canada at a record-high 67.3 milliontonnes and transport infrastructure is already struggling.Canada exports about two-thirds of its wheat and more than halfof its canola.

  18. A financial advisor Ognjen Rudic again: “Our research shows this preservation material does have photocathalytic properties. It is also self-cleaning and anti-microbial: it destroys any organic materials that could alter the surface of the bricks. And it is transparent; it does not change the aesthetic appearance of the building material you want to preserve”.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here