We had breakfast at about ten - bread, jam, ham, cheese, fig and walnut cake, coffee... all of which was delicious, and then we said our goodbyes and continued sweating our way up the long, long hill. The sun was no kinder to us today and we went another thirteen miles before reaching the top of the hill.
Lunch was in a bus shelter, and unusually fly-free. We had sausage with fresh brown bread rolls (not so dense this time), a leftover fig from yesterday and an orange. The oranges are most excellent here. The afternoon was much kinder to us, with a lovely foresty descent into the valley town of Villa Pouca. Villa Pouca is quite nice, but would be slightly nicer if they weren't digging up the roads left, right and centre (it's like a little slice of Poland fell into Portugal) and if they weren't building an enormous motorway bridge right across the valley.
However, it does have a fantastic cake shop. Damnit, after 27 miles of uphill, we deserve cake! We agree most strongly with Portuguese cakes and pastries, they are definitely the way forward for this world. In the absence of Eiscafes, perhaps we need to start taking pictures...
wow, a bread, jam, ham, cheese, fig and walnut cake sounds.... yummy!
dgym, you seem to be turning into a bit of a legendry cycler! If you ever get short of cash for a hotel or a doughnut don't forget to email us back at mirand... in wallingford, I'm sure we can help you out!
Hi Nick, it is great to here from you, how are things going?
We aren't short of cash just yet, the cakes are very reasonably priced. If they were any cheaper and we would would have to spend the money on reinforcing the bikes anyway.
Please send my regards to everyone at Miranda, and let me in on any gossip even if you have to make it up.
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