We arrived back in Portugal last night after spending three days driving here from Guildford, via the Dover to Calais ferry. A lot of this was boring (and sometimes expensive) motorway, but the best parts were spent following our cycles routes, either in reverse for the first part of France, or just as we did a few months ago across Spain.
It is an interesting mix of pride and astonishment to see exactly how far we travelled each day. 50 miles a day may not sound like much but even in the car we would be lucky to do that in an hour. The hills aren't any less deceptive either, I actually checked to make sure my hand brake wasn't on at one stage, then released we were going up the same climb that had caught us out last time, it really looks flat but the engine was struggling and telling me otherwise.
Yesterday we were in Spain for the sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous. Most of our route across was stunning, and on lovely quiet roads too. If only it wasn't so far from England, and so sparse on the camping ground front. Of course we didn't even try to eat there, we know better than that, so we had an early lunch in France and a late dinner in Portugal. Since we had another chance to check out a recommended restaurant - just down the road from the campsite between the border and Braganca, we stopped there and had a really good meal. It was a little pricey but not a rip off at all. We had soup followed by wild boar and were regretably too stuffed for pudding.
Arriving back in Valpacos didn't go quite as expected. Our hosts need their room back, they kindly put us up for the night (we arrived gone midnight) but we will be on our way again today once we have packed everything, including the bikes. We just need to figure out where we are going now and then how to get there. It was freezing in the room last night but having duvets this time helped no end. Apperently it is too cold to bark, we didn't hear from Inca at all and went to check she was still there and alright this morning. In fact it was lovely and quiet and probably the best nights sleep we have had here so far so was a fitting send off.
We have lots to arrange now so had better get on with it, but not before a breakfast cake.