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5 NOV - Lisbon, Portugal

Date received: Sun Nov 05 2000, 04:13 PM PST

What a day. I woke up late, thinking that I was going to be stuck in Sagres all day waiting for a mechanic. I went down to the bike to see if I could find what was wrong with it, and within 5 minutes, I had it running again. So off I went, up the western coast of Portugal, with a final destination of Lisbon. About 100km outside of town, it started pouring with rain. Then I hit a monster traffic jam, and ended up spending about 1 1/2 hours stuck in traffic in the rain and dark. Through complete luck, I managed to find the youth hostel, where I quickly changed into dry clothes. My motorcycle jacket got a good waterproofness test, and it passed with flying colors.

Tomorrow, a quick tour of Lisbon, then back towards Lagos to return the bike.


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