It’s been our experience thar cycle days can vary from the short to the long and the easy to the hard: today proved that short days can prove to be hard.
The Leg from Algoz to Silves is very familiar territory for us. We know to expect the wee climb towards the run into Silves. However, in today’s heat and with weight on the Scotts for the first time we struggled a bit. A coffee by the bus station was very welcome before we headed off, refreshed, along the 124.
The 124 brought a shock however. We know it well, but were shocked to find it rutted and potholed as never before. We struggled to keep momentum in our wheels and took water stops often in the mid day heat.
Then it was on to Portimao and it’s dreadful traffic. We headed for P. da Rocha – an old haunt where we has shivered a few Marches ago. Now we sought out shade and a long lunch with drinks. After that it was the run towards Alvor along the coast. As always the promised Euro Eco Cycle Route proved fragmentary and illusionary and we more or less made our own way on as quiet roads as we could find.
The evening in Alvor easily dispelled our frustrations however. It’s a lovely spot and we soon felt the day’s frustrations ebb way with the receding sun.
Refreshed, we will be up and running for the short hop to Lagos tomorrow.