11.02.2009 10 °C
Wow, what a day.
Managed to rise and get some breakfast close to our grand residence for around €5 (and we even got some fruit!) then retreived our bikes from the garage and headed off into the sunshine. Blue skies, light winds and perfect temperatures (around 10 C) for the whole day. We were out of Aveiro in no time and on the road.
Today we stuck to the minor roads and twisted our way up and down the Portugese countryside avoiding the potholes. We stopped for lunch in Batalha and were at a bit of a loss what to order until the very helpfull waitress translated everything for us!
Afterwards we joined the most amazing coastal road towards Bruno´s place in Estoril, just West of Lisbon.
The roads were sweeping, curved, flowing, sighted, hilly and generally grippy. Generally grippy - there was one particuarly nasty corner covered in gravel which caused some excitement!! We also went past the most Westerly point of mainland Europe:
We arrived in Estoril half an hour before we were supposed to meet Bruno, but Tommy had other ideas and tried to lead us up all manner of one-way streets and non-existent roads. We eventually found our bearings after taking a nearly vertical cobbled street which someone had helpfully parked blocking the top of. My bike slowly slid back a few feet with the brakes on and nudged the front of Roger, knocking my numberplate off! Something else to add to the to-do list for tomorrow!
Speaking of which, we have given ourselves a day-off tomorrow and so has our host Bruno. We´ve already made oursleves at home and made a right mess and turned the washing machine on! Hopefully we´ll get around to tidying up the blog and adding some more photos and a couple of videos.
185 miles today, 0 tomorrow, hooray!