Five Days Through the Algarve by Motorcycle | Ross Nicol
Straight from the mouth / keyboard of Ross Nicol; “This April I got my motorcycle license. I promised my family I’d never buy a bike in New York, and that was never the plan to begin with. Rather - I got my license with one place in mind: Portugal. With only a few days to spare, my new license arrived in the mail and I packed my bag and set off for the Southwestern tip of Europe.
Portugal's Algarve region is roughly five times the geographical size of San Diego, but just a third of the population. Littered with beaches and windy, single-track roads, the landscape is perfect for a dual sport motorcycle. Landing at the airport in Faro, I picked up my Honda CRF 250 from Luis at the nearby Cepsa gas station and began making my way West.
250 miles, 13 beaches, and 1 motorcycle. Off-roading through coastal farmland, seeking out secret surf spots at sunrise, and finding my way through the Algarve without a map or phone as a crutch. On my final surf session at Castelejo, my Nikonos II failed me just as I was advancing the shutter as a surfer was coming down the line. Luckily, I had snagged a few frames before the camera failed.