Ready To Ride

We’re flying back to Portugal this afternoon to get ready for the next Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour – this time for a new route. The Border Castles Tour goes through some of my favourite bits of the Alentejo. We start in Évora and over the next 10 days do an anti-clockwise circuit into the north-east corner of…

Would This Happen At Home?

There are so many reasons I love Portugal – the range of landscapes, the sunshine, the quiet roads, the history, the (cheap) wine, all those castles, the food etc. etc. But one of the most important ingredients is the people.  When I first visited the country I thought many of the Portuguese seemed a bit dour. But I soon learnt not…

Converted Technophobe?

I’ve always loved maps. When I was a kid I would spend hours drawing them – treasure maps, lost islands, occasionally whole countries. Sometimes they were doodles in the back of school notebooks when the lessons got boring, sometimes they turned into much more elaborate affairs. I’ve also always liked studying maps. As I got older, I would…

Guided Tours of Portugal

Since announcing the first Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour in early October, I’ve been working hard to develop a range of tours for 2016* taking in a selection of the country’s different regions. *NOTE: This blog post was about plans for our first year of guided tours (2016) – to see what’s coming up in…

The Spice Of Life

Warning: this post has nothing to do with Portugal but it is about cycle touring (and why I haven’t been posting any updates for the last month) so hopefully still of interest! To celebrate my 50th birthday – and in the interests of trying out the roads in a few countries I’ve never visited before…

Some Of My Favourite Things – Part 1

Some of the hardest decisions when planning a cycle tour are not about where to go but what to take – particularly if you’ve got to carry everything on your bike. Making up your route as you go is easy. Some roads turn out to be nothing like as nice as they looked when you were…