A Travellerspoint blog

June 2019

Back in the USA

June 6

We are back on American soil but we both felt we could have stayed longer, but are looking forward to getting home to plant our garden and work on projects.
Our last night in Lisbon was interesting. The bike company dropped us off at our Airbnb. We were in a good area...if you were 20-something and wanted to party all night. The place itself started out for Greg and I and the host said it was no problem to add more people. Let me just say the living room was wall to wall beds. It was fine for 1 night. Surprisingly, that was our only unpleasant surprise in the whole trip and it really wasn’t that bad so the trip is considered a success!
On the flight home we both got business class so a great way to cap off the journey. Now we are headed to Cape Cod for a few days to see Mark & Pam.

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Day 6 - Lagos

Final Ride

We did it! We made it to our final destination in one piece.
We left a lovely hotel overlooking the Sagres marina and started our ride to Lagos. Today’s ride was only 30 mi so we had time to explore. We saw a megalith (some random rocks) and an old fort that was erected to protect fishing structures and said to be on top of old Roman ruins dedicated to Neptune.
The last part of the ride into Lagos was a bit more difficult. We were riding dirt paths along cliffs (no too close) and in one area, along a path barely wider than the bike handlebars. Fortunately, the ride was so nice the adventure portion was fine. We rode into Lagos and up to our hotel for our victory photo and cold beer. It was a great 6 days with fun people!

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Day 5 - Sagres

June 4

Today we rode from Pedralva to Sagres - the southwestern most part of Europe. Here is our itinerary:
Our ride took us through open country towards the sea. We are officially in the Algarve. We stopped at the lighthouse which is the most western point and then continued into Sagres. Today we had a beautiful, 4* hotel with a warm pool and comfortable beds. A big step up from last nights camping, in my opinion. Some think I’m high maintenance...not sure where that’s coming from. :-)
After a fairly short ride we relaxed in the pool and then headed out to pizza where they finished our meal with a little chocolate cup filled with ginghinia (a cherry liquor).

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Day 4 - Pedralva

We are leaving the village of Odeceixe. The ‘hotel’ we stayed in was series of small apartments spread throughout the village. The walk from our flat to hotel reception to the WinMail was all up-and-down a rather steep cobblestone street, so you got your exercise coming and going. The hotel itself, the reception area, was beautiful. It had an infinity edge pool in the morning buffet was truly beautiful with all the fruits vegetables breads! They really did put on a good presentation.
We started our ride, which was to be 38 miles along coast line. We only had a small percentage of gravel roads today which is nice but they kicked our butts they riding over big rocks. The views of the ocean were stunning. The coast line along with a portion of Portugal is rocky and jagged with huge cliffs and really blue blue water. Granted that pretty blue water is about 60 °F so not much for swimming.
We arrived at our destination of Pedraval where we are being put up in a small, abandoned village that has been converted into tourist quarters. There are some locals here of course, but the focus seems to be tourists and judging by some of the clientele, not necessarily high-end tourists. The accommodations are one step above camping. No blow dryer, no coffee…Where is the civilization! For dinner we ate at one of the two restaurants in town. Having finished dinner and a bottle of wine the five of us decided to go on a pub crawl...so we hit the other one. This is where Greg had his dessert pizza. It was actually a really spicy Diablo, and yes he shared. He only had salad for dinner so a dessert pizza was in order.
After all this excitement, we walked up hill to get some sleep.

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Day 3 - Odeceixe

June 1

This was our longest ride which took us through farm land and Vineyards. Here is the itinerary:
We had breakfast at the hotel and then set on our way around 8:15am. Our ride took us along the ocean, by fields of hay, vineyards, landscaping plants and vegetables. It’s rich farm land here in the Alentejo region.
We finished our ride around 2pm and we were all hot and tired. The hotel we are staying in has a business model where they put you up in houses around the village so you can feel like you are part of the village and experience local living. Greg thinks it just a good marketing ploy. The village is very colorful and has a working windmill on the top of the hill.
We finished our evening in the only restaurant in site. They brought us a welcome drink, a fab meal and a nightcap of port. A really good meal!

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