Void of all expectations and obligations, Jackie Paaso and Stan Jorgensen set off on a three-day, 90-mile mission on the Arizona Trail, embracing the moment and abiding only by the rhythm of mother nature.
We are staying in Quinta do Bárrio, a countryside villa on the upper end of Terras de Bouro, a small village that seemed to be blissfully frozen in time.
Sintra, despite its compact size, has plenty of trails, no doubt enough for the two days that we planned to be in the area.
On Day 3 we dropped into the Rota on a narrow piece of singletrack, an exciting and scary welcome to the remainder of the adventure.
With a plan to spend two weeks riding, the first part would be a self-supported bikepack from Lisbon to Sagres, followed by a guided trip to explore trail riding in Sintra and the north.