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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A big day of riding. Thanks for the good time Portugal.

Tuesday 16/4/13

It was with a tinge of sadness that we left Portugal today. Just to taunt us a little, Portugal laid on a perfect morning for us. We were up early to give Werner's apartment a once over before we hit the road.

 Sunrise on the 25 de Abril Bridge.

Cruise ship number one enters port.

We were on the road by nine thirty, which is an early start for us. Goodbye Portugal. You are definitely one of our favourite places and your people are the best.

Our exit from Lisbon was over the 25 de Abril Bridge and along the motorways east.

It's a long way down.

We rode for a few hours before we had to stop for fuel. While we were doing that we met another friend over our leftover chicken and cheese lunch.

I can tell you he liked chicken.

We'd been travelling on mainly straight roads through some pretty barren areas in the morning, but once we got further west things got a little more interesting. Throw in some winding roads, and some hills, and it was much better. 

That's better.

Our next fuel and food stop was five hundred kilometres later. That's the furthest I've ever ridden without a stop. We had a good break and enjoyed a sandwich and a drink. I wanted to clean my visor but there wasn't any water available at the place we stopped.

Bugs were an issue today.

The view from my side.

Then it was back on the road. We were close to Madrid

We felt OK and I thought that each extra kilometre we cover today is one less we have to do tomorrow. We'll get past Madrid and see how we feel. If we're OK we'll keep going and stop when we feel like it.

Our overnight stop ended up being Fraga, four hundred kilometres past Madrid. We'd covered 1,060 kilometres all up for the day. Another first for us. That leaves us with an easy two hundred kilometre ride into Barcelona tomorrow.

That sounds good to me.

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