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Archive for October, 2006

Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Not that I am celebrating Halloween this being Dublin and I am sitting in a hotel room but there you go. My luggage turned up – hurray – as it had my motorcycle helmet in it – I just hoped it wasn’t bashed about too much. I had to face the client today which was […]

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Duffle Delayed to Dublin

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Got up this morning and Nuno gave me a lift to the airport on my motorbike. Quite strange to be dropped off at the airport by motorcycle. Turns out that Air Portugal’s check in system is pants. There are 10 counters allocated to all the European flights. As I was there only 50 minutes before […]

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Cascais

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Today was the last day that I will be able to ride my bike until The Che Guevara gang arrive in Argentina. It turns out that the Western most edge of the European continent is about 10-15kms from Cascais where I was staying so that was a must visit. It turns out that Cabo da […]

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Passing into Portugal

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Portugal: Population: 10 million Size: 92,000 sq km (560km north to south and 220km east to west) Capital: Lisbon (Lisboa) 60% of the world cork comes from Portugal. Saturday morning I started out at eight in the morning. Getting up after a nine hour sleep I carried my panniers and bag down the stairs and […]

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My first ride on the continent

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Spain: Population: 40 million Size: 505,000 sq km second largest Western European country after France. Capital: Madrid On Friday morning I did a bit more dolphin spotting (I had seen some the day before) and was pretty much just waiting for the ferry to dock. I managed to see the family I waited with at […]

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The Pride of Bilbao Ferry

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

The ferry between Portsmouth and Bilbao is huge. 11 stories, 2 cinemas, half a dozen restaurants, swimming pool and gym. The best surprise of the trip is that it turns out the Bay of Biscay is one of the prime places in the world to see dolphins and whales. According to the presentation held by […]

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Getting to the ferry

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Even though the ferry wasn’t sailing until after midnight I decided to head down to Portsmouth as I was hoping to beat the rain, I wanted to get the trip over and done with and I didn’t fancy staying at work. Scott one of my colleagues kindly came down to take a couple photos of […]

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Leaving Home

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

It was a poignant moment as I loaded up my bike this morning with everything I am taking down to Lisbon with me. It was a bit hard to pack for the cold and rain I am going to encounter from London to Portsmouth tonight (ferry has been delayed from 21:15 to 00:30). The excellent […]

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Lining Panniers

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Last night I biked home in the pouring rain but luckily missed the huge thunder and lightening storm that came later on in the evening. Maybe mother nature is trying to compete with all the fireworks that the local kids are letting off with Guy Fawkes day coming up soon. I have now lined my […]

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Doubt

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Actually I spent my whole weekend wondering if I am really doing the right thing by doing this trip. If I had wanted a change because I was bored, why didn’t I just change jobs and move to a different flat? Part of it is that although I like riding a motorcycle I am not […]

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