22/5/2020 4 Comments
two big(gest) days on the bikes
Day 4 and 5 of the return trip to Lisbon. We're back in high gear, putting on miles for the way home.
First day: Aveiro to Figueira da Foz - 72km
Second: Figueira to Leiria - 58km
Back on the road to Lisbon after a week in Régua (land of vineyards) and a few days in Aveiro (fishing village). These were big ride days, with the boys sure they would not be able to make it. Our longest day riding till now was 54km, so asking them to do 72km was a stretch, admittedly.
Big tailwinds for both days, fortunately, made all the difference. Most cafes and restaurants are now open, but many aren't, probably casualties of COVID, and maybe can't. Many business owners we speak to are stressed and put on a brave face. They are grateful for our business and everyone is very welcoming. We haven't had a single encounter with anyone who was unpleasant or cranky. Remarkable really.
We spent the night in Figueira da Foz, a very cool beach city at the mouth of the Mondego River. Had a great vegetarian meal at Volta e Meia, and spent the night at a very bike friendly guesthouse called Bike Suite. There were surprisingly a lot of people staying there, many letting us know they were awake throughout the night and early morning. It was a long night... Leiria was up next.
Things have the feeling of wrapping up our time here. Much attention now on what is going on in Canada and the mechanics of our trip back. We are working hard to find a way to make it from Lisbon to Haida Gwaii with as few stops as possible. More on that later...
Wow! what a wonderful team you are. The reports of your activities and decision making, and what you are seeing and doing are magical. And inspiring!
A doctor in New Brunswick has started a covid19 outbreak in New Brunswick after traveling to Quebec and not self isolating after. He infected staff and patients, regressing Campbelltown back into restrictions. I can't link to the article due to anti-spam captcha, but just check the cbc news site for the article.
Hi Sitkaspruce, thanks so much for your comment. We are very sorry to hear about this outbreak in New Brunswick and the regression into restrictions there.
Thanks so much Val! Portugal is a magical country and our journey here, including the lockdown and change of travel plans, feel all part of a divinely orchestrated pilgrimage. We could not have dreamt this up beforehand... No one could have. It's really helping us live in the moment as much as possible, paying attention to the details, going with the flow, enjoying the treasures we find along the way and avoiding or going around blockages when possible. Much love to you!
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A family from Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada hits the road.