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Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« on: January 08, 2019, 04:59:01 PM »
Landed in Lisbon via TAP Airbus at dawn on New Years day. Great flight
Ticket     = $544
Baggage = $440 (one way)  :'(
cost per item:
9'4 Creek         = $185
9'0 Custom      = $135
1 Checked bag = $120

Rented a great little car for 92 days = $841 + $900 damage deposit.
site said NO DEBIT CARDS.... but I am a believer in good thing happen..... and they accepted my Debit card!
Whew!...... otherwise, I'd be walking, cuz I don't have a credit card.  ;D

Drove to Sagres with no accommodation plan.
Arrived at 9 pm on New Years Day..... everything was closed up tight.

I found one light on... so I knocked on the door.
A nice lady said an apartment was $50 Euros per night ($67)
gulp!

We talked for a few minutes...
her in Portugese
me in English
we agreed on $450 Euros per month thru March 31st  ;D

Sweeet 1 BR, ground floor apartment with a garden patio, right in the center of town, with parking in front, bars down the street!
500 yards to the beach in 2 directions.
3 minute bike ride from a consistent break.
The absolute perfect location and apartment! So freeking stoked!
oh yeah... she does my laundry for me (included)  :)

First morning, I bought a nice mountain bike from a surf shop down the street that is closing for the winter =  $140 Euros

Every day before breakfast, I ride the bike to check the surf....
then walk the beach near my house, to warm up before the surf session.
No hurry to paddle out.... there are waves all day, every day..... yup, every day!

Cool at night at 45 degrees
trunks and 2 mm top are fine in the 60 degree water and bright sunshine (I think I saw a cloud... once)

Anyway.... everything is bought and paid for, now I am settling into daily life.
Outside and active every day..... amazing place to explore by bike, paddle or walk.

An amazingly harsh and unforgiving landscape,
then.... 8 miles away, lush rolling farmland  :)

Video of the week and some pics



OK..... 5 times tried to post following ALL the pic rules.





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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 05:00:17 PM »
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 05:01:45 PM »
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 05:18:08 PM »
you are a fearless badass, creek

enjoy, and pls be a little bit careful--there's some power on that deep water coast

and keep the vids coming--love the surf mixed with casual travelogue feel--pls share your local meals--bet youre eating well, and cheaply---seafood there is superb

if my forced retirement hits, i might hit you-----in sagre!!

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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 05:21:13 PM »
That looks epic, congrats - makes my 10 days coming up in Costa Rica look rather tame.
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 06:31:31 PM »
Those are really beautiful pictures, Creek. Thank you for sharing.
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 06:45:40 PM »
That looks like an amazing place to be.  I am not going to get a chance to paddle before shoulder surgery next week; I just checked the forecast for the weekend to see if it changed. It had. The predicted high dropped and we might get freezing rain. That means I am only doing vicarious paddling from now until late April and your video and description was the perfect start. I hope you keep posting every few days while you are there.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. You are surfing waves I can actually imagine myself trying and maybe succeeding to catch a few and you are getting some nice rides. I will definitely be following this.
 
Thanks!
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 07:25:10 PM »
I just told Sue I think we may need to change plans....looks awesome.
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 07:37:20 PM »
So cool.... Enjoy yourself man... I would explore every break, trail and eatery.

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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2019, 07:42:18 PM »
Wow Rick. Looks like quite adventurous. You are a role model. If only I can stay as fit and willing to go for it at 70 I will call it a win. I have family roots inland (alentejo is the region and quite beautiful) and if I would love to try surfing the coast.
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2019, 08:13:28 PM »
Nice video. Great photos! Besides the biking and surfing, looks like you've learned the art of "haggling" too.  ;)

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing more of your adventure.
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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2019, 08:17:58 PM »


Thanks for keeping us up to date on your travels. 

Keep the videos and photos coming 8)

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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2019, 08:28:04 PM »
Very cool Rick!

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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2019, 09:15:29 PM »
 Way to go Rick.

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Re: Creek in Portugal - a travelogue in Vids and pics
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2019, 09:48:25 PM »
Creek you are my hero. Keep it coming man.