Time for day 3 and it was going to happen eventually, I got lost. Now normally this wouldn’t be a surprise but when I had a GPS, a million yellow arrows and a guidebook, there really was no excuse other than lack of observation skills by myself. The route I was using (John Brierley’s Camino Portugal) also shows some road routes that avoid some of the steeper off road bits, it was one of these I took by blindly following my GPS. It turns out the route I had downloaded had a few of these anomalies and certainly wasn’t the last detour on this trip. Continue reading
After the best bit of singletrack descent so far from Santarem to the valley below, it was time to start the second day of the trip. Today was the last of the flat; the route leaves the flood plains along the river and takes you up into the rolling hills. With the extra height came the heat and a change of scenery, there are still the vineyards and fields but also pine forest and miles dirt tracks. Continue reading
After the early start to get my lost bag, I went back to bed for a few more hours sleep, eventually getting up at about 8:30. After a hearty breakfast of continental cheese, ham, lovely bread rolls and odd cereal that seemed to be pure sugar washed down with an anaemic yoghurt, I was ready to build my bike. Continue reading
So as I mentioned in the first post this was going to be my first backpacking experience, on my own, in a foreign country, where I didn’t speak the language. Scary. To try and eliminate the growing fear, I spoke to Brighton locals Stu and Helen who had completed this route last year. They actually were the inspiration for doing this ride and very kindly they leant me their guide books, maps, GPS and a frame bag. This helped enormously and they didnt laugh and my silly questions at all. Continue reading
I’m not sure what I think about this video, it’s certainly worth a watch. It’s not the adventure or the going where no one should that I’m not sure about, that bit is really interesting, it’s the other stuff, have a watch and see what I mean.