We had planned to stay in Gerês for a day or two. To give our legs a rest and to do some planning for our onward pedal into Spain. The shade of the trees in the campsite allowed us not to be cooked out of our tent in the morning, and gave us a few … Continue reading Gerês
Category: #1: Portugal
Mountains of the North
As we left Viseu, a few days of mountainous cycling lay ahead. Discussions as to whether the view of the mountains from the valleys was better than the view from the top, or vice versa, were frequent. No conclusion was made, but the sentiment generally depended on the heaviness of our legs or the number … Continue reading Mountains of the North
Scott and Josie
We first met Scott in the darkness at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, as we were scoping out a place to camp. Not the easiest thing to do after the sun has set. He pointed us in a good direction and off we went. In the morning, as we slowly carried our lives from the sand … Continue reading Scott and Josie
From oceans to river beaches
We spent the first few days wending our way north from Lisbon up the coast, hopping between friends of Pedro and beaches. Much of the route we took over the first few days patched together rides we had been on before, making navigation straight forward and leaving us to enjoy the views. After reaching Nazaré, … Continue reading From oceans to river beaches
Tomás and the wine
We were heading towards the Óbidos lagoon, a place we had passed by on one of our previous weekend cycling adventures, when I remembered that I might actually know someone who lived nearby. I met Tomás through Lindy hop, something I did for some time while still living in Lisbon. I knew he lived in the … Continue reading Tomás and the wine
Luís and Maica
Luís and Maica were kind enough to receive us in their Quinta on our first night of our trip, arriving late, sweaty and tired. The departure from Lisbon had been an unexpected late one (as unexpectedly late a departure, which was meant to happen on Monday but that instead happened on Friday, can be), and … Continue reading Luís and Maica
And finally we’re off!
There's nothing like a last minute visit to the police station before heading off on a big trip. Pedro had spotted some fraudulent payments on a credit card and so had a fun morning at the bank and then with police - to set things straight, and let them know that he's not one for … Continue reading And finally we’re off!