We did it!
If anybody entering Horizons Unlimited Welcome page doubts if it really can give any valuable contacts between motorcyclists – read this:
As you can read from above correspondence, Marco from Portugal, introduced himself. At the same time, he did a funny comment on my welcoming letter. So I have paid attention who he is.
It was still first days of February, and the motorcycles were hidden deep inside garages even in Portugal, nothing to say about Poland’s winter.
However, when April came, we jumped on motorbike, and, where to ride? Portugal maybe? How much it is from Warsaw? Let’s check in google maps… Warsaw – Lisbon, just 3400 km. In a straight line. One way. By Spanish coast it will be… around 4500 km, one way. 9000 km altogether, there, and back. OK, easy ride, it’s not the RTW.
I have contacted Marco, first by HUBB, and then we corresponded by e-mail.
The dialog looked, shortly, something like: “We are going to enter Portugal in Sunday, April … riding from Sevilla, Spain, to Algarve.” Marco: “I am based in Lisbon, so, if you would be here in Sunday, we can ride together. But, in Monday, I work from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so we can meet at the evening. Or, visit me at my work.”
We were in Lisbon in Monday, around noon. My GPS unfortunately went crazy. I couldn’t find Marco’s work place. I called Marco, and he tried to do his best to give me the right directions by phone. Wandering through heavy traffic of Lisbon without GPS I found myself, by coincidence, on the way to Sintra, which was in our plans also. So we skip Lisbon, and rode to Sintra. From Palacio da Pena (amazing!) I informed Marco: “Sorry, we couldn’t find you, instead we found Sintra, and we are visiting the palaces here. So, best wishes, thank you for good intensions, maybe some time, some where…”
After visiting this unique palace, we stopped at the old town of Sintra, to find the shop with the famous traditional Portuguese cookies.
As we just parked the motorbikes, at this moment Marco appeared on his Kawasaki GTR, classic from eighties. Amazing! What a sense of timing from Marco! He left his work in the middle of the day, jumped on his classic GTR, and found us in Sintra!
Marco showed us the cookie shop, which we would certainly not find ourselves, becauseit was located little bit back to main touristic paths of Sintra. Cookies were delicious, and I have eaten around 8 of them or so.
Then we rode together to Cabo da Roca, the farthest Western end of Europe (or the beginning, as some say
Marco choose the motorbike roads with great curves and astonishing view to the Atlantic ocean. It was a great ride.
And there was a fish restaurant in a small fishermen village, a fresh tasty fish and motorbikers talks.
Two motorbikes addicts (as Marco call himself) living 4000 km from each other, made a contact by HUBB, and met in reality. Thank you very much Marco! And thank you very much HUBB founders!
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