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Jun 10, 2017 - Camino Day!

For those who enjoy travelling, there are many things that make certain places stand out more than others. What stood out for me in Porto was the genuineness of the local people. Yes, those working in hospitality usually are friendly but it went beyond this as even when we were out walking on the street asking for directions or on the bus, locals tried to help us during every instance. I find this rare unless you are in a small community where you are the tourist attraction. We really noticed that Portuguese was still widely spoken by young...

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Camino Portugues

Jun 8, 2017 - Arrival into Porto

On Tuesday June 6, my good friend JoAnn and I left on this trip to Portugal. Hoping that this was not an omen for the trip but upon arrival at YVR, we were told that our first flight from VCR to Toronto was cancelled! Not good start since neither of us got notified in advance of this cancellation until we arrived at the airport. Fortunately, we got rebooked onto another flight that allowed us to make our connecting flight to Lisbon. Of course we had to have a little celebration in the bar before our departure. Planes, subway, train, and...

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Camino Portugues

Jun 3, 2017 - Heading home

Spent a day in Lisbon seeing the Alfama area and the Sao Jorge Castle. It was hot touring around the city and I'm sure there were twice the number of tourists from when we were. In Lisbon a couple weeks ago, as well as hawkers, people selling things from sunglasses to jewelry. As I wait for my flight to Frankfurt, first leg of my journey home, I think about my adventures in Portugal. By far, the most difficult riding I've ever done so I feel like I really accoumplished something. The accommodations on this tour were fantastic with 4 or 5...

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Jun 1, 2017 - Sintra to Cascais 41km +1100m

The guide book rated today's ride as 4 out of 5 for difficulty but in my books it was more like 6 out of 5. Yet, somehow, it did not feel as challenging as yesterday and I'm not sure if that's because the heavy climbs were early in the day unlike yesterday's climb at the end of the day or if I'm getting accustomed to climbs. We did not see all that much of Sintra. It is obviously a lovely place, a UNESCO heritage sight but for me the beauty of the place is spoiled by the narrow streets with endless traffic and hordes and hordes of...

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May 31, 2017 - Ericenia to Sintra 38km+900m

A late start to the day as we waited for my new bike coming all the way from Lisbon. This tour company is the best as they really did their best to help me. Love Portugal Nature Trails. And this bike actually fits me better than the other one. But all day I was careful, cautious about changing gears and not stressing the cam. It was cool almost chilly at times today which was a good thing as we did a heck of a lot of climbing. On the road all day cycling by villages and some very fancy villas as well as cultivated land. Of course, some...

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May 30, 2017 - Penicheto to Ericenia 73km +900 m

I keep saying the beauty of this country never ends because it just does not. Every climb we make, every corner we round, brings beauty and surprise. Today was a long, strenuous day with climbs and distance. We cycled mostly on a rather narrow and busy road as well as a little bit of bike path, on the coast of course. In my travels I saw wind turbines, sleepy villages, orchards, resorts, limestone, way too many barking dogs and way too many tour buses. I notice people's lovely gardens are more free flowing rather than the manicured gardens...

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May 29, 2017 - Obidos to Peniche 52 km+550 m

Today did not seem as challenging but maybe I'm getting used to hills. This morning it was raining and I was concerned, not for being wet but what the rain does to the surface we ride, like cobble stones. Fortunately the rain stopped as we headed out and we had only a short time on cobble stones. Mostly on secondary roads today including some bike lanes and busy back roads. We passed through and by fancy ocean resorts, fancy golf course resorts and only a couple of villages. We were near beaches as well as up looking at beach. Sure can tell...

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May 28, 2017 - Obidos

Relative to other days, today was a lazy day. This was a planned extra overnight. It was great! Relaxed some and did some sightseeing. The book describes this UNESCO heritage sight as " white washed bougainvillea draped houses". It is an apt description. The towns' name stems from Latin for Citadel and a castle and the wall dominates the town. Apparently the town was presented to a Queen In 13th century by her romantic husband. The castle dates to 1148 so the history of this place is quite something. Of course we wandered all around this...

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May 27, 2017 - A.Pedeo Moel to Obidos 67km +850m

What a day! A day of hills and hills. Much of our journey again was on cycle paths. I am so impressed with the cycle paths here, not just in large centres but in villages and secondary roads. When we are in traffic, the vehicles are courteous, I think even cautious as we are so obviously tourists. They pass when safe to do so and give us a wide berth. Interesting, stop signs are all in English. We were in pine forest again with more trees being tapped which I now know is for turpentine. The beauty of this country seems to go on forever as...

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May 26, 2017 - Figueira Da Foz to S.Pedro De Moel 67 km+500m

The first part of our journey today was challenging. Leaving the city we had to ride this huge bridge on a bike lane, with roaring traffic beside us. I was so glad to get off that bridge. That noise I find so unsettling. But we had more noisy traffic to negotiate as we travelled on N109 , a secondary road. It was 24 km of travel before we were on blessed bike lanes. Beside secondary roads, there was little vehicle traffic and little bike traffic yet there were beautiful bike lanes. Traveled mostly through pine forest today and noticed there...

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May 25, 2017 - Praia Da Mira to Figueira Da Foz 57 km,+400m

Starting out this morning, it was cool and there had been a light shower. It got warmer as the day professed but not like yesterday. We cycled much of our journey through pine forest. The guide book described it as "you may feel loneliness while cycling this immense green scenery". It is immense but I had my buddies with me. The road was as described in our book "some in bad shape". It was a very rough road; hard on the bottom and the wrists. My thumb went numb. But lots to see with wild lavendar along the edge of the road along with sugar...

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May 25, 2017 - Aveiro-Praia Da Mira

A leisurely ride on day 4 of our trip. Leaving Aveiro, we saw salt harvesting ponds. Interesting to see how the salt is removed from sea water. Must bring some salt home. Also not far from Aveiro, were old cod fishing boats. The cycle path along the water was beautiful as usual and we rode on some sturdy, smooth Boardwalk seeing some pretty birds. Passed thru sand dunes and could hear the roar of the ocean. Between the sand dunes, the land is cultivated and looks like veggies are grown. Unlike the cities, the villages we pass thru do...

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