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May 2019

Day 2 - Vila Nova do Milfontes

May 30

Today was our first day on the bikes and a really easy ride, around 25 miles. If I didn’t mention it, we opted for e-bikes on this trip and it’s really nice. We don’t use it all the time, but if you have a hill to climb it’s worth it. Here is an overview of today’s ride.
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Today’s ride was along the coast, through the Alentejo countryside. There are sections that remind me of the rocky Oregon coast.
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The weather is pretty hot, so at the end of our ride we opted for a cold beer. We couldn’t ask for a better view...and we didn’t ask for the sand fleas that crawled out of the bamboo mats.
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Our day ended early so we jumped in a nice refreshing pool. We leave in 30 minutes for a great local fish dinner!
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Portugal Bike Tour - Sines

Day 1 (May 30)

We started our morning in Lisbon by saying goodbye to Ed, Ginger, and my mom. Then Greg and I walked around for a while while we waited for the PortugalBike Tours company to pick us up. Once picked up, we found her friends in Lisbon and headed down to Sines. This is a small town on the ocean about 1.5 hrs south of Lisbon. This is where our ride begins.
We started our orientation in the lobby of the hotel. We have GPS’ and a variety of other gadgets to take on this trip so we are in good hands.
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The town is small and not many tourists from what we can see. We walked in to the old town for dinner and looked at the castle enroute. Tonight’s dinner was at Adega do Sines and consisted of an old man, old woman, their old nephew and a 40 yr old daughter. They were so cute and nice. It was simple, deliciously grilled meats and a jug of wine. The place was packed with locals.
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Farewell to Ferragudo

May 29

We wrapped up our week in Ferragudo with Mom, Ed & Ginger. What farewell would be complete without a farewell dinner. Ed had found a place that got rave reviews on TripAdvisor and with good reason. Great steaks, wine...the name is Fim do Mundo (means End of the Earth).
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This morning we headed out to the megaliths near Evora. Greg and I had been there earlier in April but it was rainy and Easter weekend. Much sunnier weather this time around. Greg, aka Goat Boy, does what he does best!
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At Home in Ferragudo

May 28

Memorial Day came and went without the festivities over here. Hope everyone had a good extended weekend.
Today is our last day in Ferragudo so Greg, Mom and I woke up early (8am) and walked into the little town. Google Maps said it was 19 min, actual was closer to 45 min. It is such a charming little town...we came across a castle, a church overlooking the water, cute colorful alley ways lined with bougainvillea and fishmen mending their nets. So much more than meets the eye.
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Faro Way!

May 27

Today was the perfect day in Faro. Rick Steves suggested skipping it and no travel book gave much information so maybe our expectations were low. We actually found the town to be very charming. We spent our day in the old walled portion of the city where we viewed the storks, old churches and beautiful buildings.
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Then Mom, Greg and I took a boat out to a beach which was 40 min away. It was nice to see Faro from the water.
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Our time in Ferragudo is coming to an end. We can’t thank our cousins Milu & Larry enough for the long distance hospitality.

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