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Willie Weir : November 16th, 2011

Spain/Portugal Commentaries Win Silver Lowell Thomas Award

I received word from the Society of American Travel Writers that I’ve won a silver Lowell Thomas Award for my audio commentaries from Spain and Portugal that ran on KUOW’s Weekday. My bicycle commentaries and interviews have been aired on Steve Scher’s show since 1994. Without a strong and vibrant public radio station in […]

Willie Weir : September 18th, 2011

Countdown Redux

Last week I confessed my obsession of photographing house numbers during our bike journey in Portugal.

I realize the short “video” might have had a certain entertainment value, but probably fell far short of convincing the viewer that they should hop on a bike and tour there.

I now present “Countdown Redux”. […]

Willie Weir : April 24th, 2011


A policeman stopped our progress through the small town of Manteigas, Portugal. There was no traffic — no apparent accident or emergency. We parked our bikes and waited. We heard the music of a marching band long before the processional turned a corner and came into view. It appeared as if the entire town […]

Kat Marriner : January 25th, 2011

Portugal: The Where We Were

When we say we cycled Portugal, we mean it! Portugal is about the size of Indiana and friends joked we could see it in a week. Instead of hitting just the highlights, we took our time wandering the back roads as much as possible and exploring the major cities too. It was luxurious to focus […]

Kat Marriner : November 22nd, 2010

The Wild Coast

Experiencing Portugal’s wild coast comes at a cost, and that toll can’t be paid to fancy resorts or humble campismos. To truly experience the wild coast is to feel the winds in your face, stand on the dramatic cliffs dropping dangerously to a boiling sea, and expose yourself the elements. The land is hardened and […]