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Welcome to Backroads Bob

Welcome to Backroads Bob

Through my years of traveling my friends have always found my journeys into places a little more unique than most of their friends.   In fact, in was my mother-in-law who first referred to me as backroads Bob.  Now that I am retired I intend to quadruple or better my time on those backroads.  This has led my friends and family to insist on pictures and updates. After considering the various types of social media I decided maybe the easiest way…

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Whistler BC

Whistler BC

I live about two and a half hours from Whistler, British Columbia, but it usually takes about five hours to get there because the drive has lots of places to stop. Once you get past Vancouver and the Gibson ferry cut-off the drive becomes one of the prettier drives in the area. We almost always stop at Squamish and go the Howe Sound Brewery for lunch. If you arrive you will walk into the large room that sells their t-shirts…

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Barrule

Barrule

Yesterday was St. Paddy’s day and my wife and I decided to celebrate by heading to McIntyre Hall in Mt. Vernon, Washington, to catch a performance by a group from the Isle of Man called Barrule. This was our first time in McIntyre Hall and I must say we were highly impressed. But this isn’t about McIntyre; it is about Barrule.   My grandmother is from the Isle of Man and for some reason, which I can’t explain, if it…

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Denia, Spain

Denia, Spain

We decided to take the interior route from Costa del Sol to Costa Blanca because we knew it would be faster, which it was. We were very surprised by what we saw. It was very dry and reminded us a little of Northern Nevada with the trips over small ranges that plunged into deep valleys. One of the mountains near Granada had snow on it. However, it was much drier than Nevada and when you got to the valley floor…

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Costa de Sol

Costa de Sol

The trip from Portimao to Costa del Sol was eventful. It rained. It rained so hard that there were periods on the autovia that no one was driving over fifty miles per hour. Water stood on the road and with my windshield wipers on high they still didn’t clear the windshield. Single file the cars made their way with no one even thinking of passing or getting too close to the car in front of them. This is basically opposite…

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Portimao/Algarve, Portugal

Portimao/Algarve, Portugal

The drive from Cascais to Portimao was nothing spectacular except for the fact that it cost us about twenty-five dollars in tolls and the gas we were using cost about six dollars a gallon. We arranged to stay in Portimao in an apartment complex that was a five-minute walk to the city center and about fifteen minutes to the beach. This means that it wasn’t going to be a resort. In fact, our neighbors would be the apartment dwellers of…

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Cascais and Lisbon Portugal

Cascais and Lisbon Portugal

The trip from Esposende to Cascais was pretty uneventful as it was entirely on the “payway.” We must have spent over twenty Euros in tolls (the electronic ones just charge your car as you zip by). The interesting thing is Portugal has two major autovias between Porto and Lisbon. I chose the one to the west and there was very little traffic on the road and most it was three lanes wide. Maybe on the weekdays it gets busier, but…

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