First and foremost, Matthew and I would like to throw a shout out to Hugo and his girlfriend Rute (Sorry, if that is not your name… we are terrible listening to the Portuguese language!) They kindly hosted us for a night in Obidos. The left over Chinese food was delicious. So was the pancakes (crepes)! And the company! Cheers and many thanks for the ride to work, Hugo!
Since this is a bicycle tour with no “real destinations” or “actual time limits” (as a bicycle tour should be like), Hugo gave us a ride to north from Obidos so we could spend more time exploring the area. He dropped us off at his work and left Matt and I to proceed to Nazare. Surfers out there, you must know where I am talking about. It is a coastal city in Portugal where, recently, the largest wave in the world was surfed! That’s right, a 33 meter wave. Come again? 100 + FEET! HOLY COWSERS!
Nazare was beautiful, but more because of the moments than the beach. We had an older woman try and give us money… But we didn’t accept… Then, she led us in an alleyway to a room… OHHHH, of course, she was telling us it was 10 Euro a night to stay in her room. Language barriers! Even better, was meeting Dave from Canada! He casually approached Matt and I whilst we were drinking espresso. Dave is on a bicycle tour himself, around Spain, Portugal, and to the Azores. We chatted for around 3 hours about the wonders of bicycle touring, camping, adventuring, and were friends from the get-go. We agreed on one thing that is most agreeable if you’ve ever done a bicycle tour. That is, they are THE BEST mode of travel. You get to really experience the places you are in. From the wind, the rain, the sounds, the people, the distance… and on and on and on. So don’t wait around, get up and go biking!
Once we arrived in Aleiria we seeked out our warmshowers host. Once we found his place, which involved knocking on a random door, the night became full of life. Filipe invited 2 of his friends over for dinner so we could converse about our lives. We ate a lot of food, had some wine, and indulged in 4 hours of engrossing conversation. Thanks so much Filipe! We can’t wait to follow your year long bicycle tour from Georgia to the East!!! Antonio and Jaime, keep teaching and wearing smiles!
Today… Prior to starting out this morning we had traveled a total of 95 miles. Not to shabby. Today was a beast! We cycled 120 kilometers, about 73 miles! It was raining for the first 3 hours, drenching Matt and I. Both of our knees hurt, we are sore, and then some. But that is okay, in fact, its empowering. I haven’t cycled that far in a day since our first tour in 2012. I didn’t think myself capable of cycling that far in a day with my arthritis in its current condition. Ya know what, though? We did! We conquered those raindrops, we fought the small amount of wind, and we climbed the tiny hills like champions. Sure, we are both wanting to probably relax in a hot tub for a year, but we came out on top.
Tomorrow will also be long, but then it is two rest days in Porto! If you take anything from my ranting, take this. You never know what your’e capable of until you try it. If you believe in limits, then you have limits. If you think yourself limitless, then nothing is impossible. Expand yourself, try new things, be open, be free, and DREAM BIG.
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