In Iberia

This trip through southwest Iberia is a ride I’d imagined for many years. The Whitehalls’ classic Europe by Bike was the inspiration for our first tour of Europe 20 years ago, and ever since first reading it I’ve wanted to explore the Alentejo and Extramadura regions. I was anxious to see for myself the Portuguese marble towns and the storks of Caceres.  Also, this trip was a chance for Rachael and me to make a second and hopefully more successful pass through Andalusia. Our first visit, in the fall of 2004, still counts as our only aborted cycle tour.  This time through was much more successful – nearly perfect, in fact, and one of our best tours ever.  Here’s the journal, and here’s an overview map:

 

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