Thoughts and tales from the saddle - on my own in Europe.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Day 51 - Coimbra - Central Portugal

I spent a day in Porto at the weekend, thinking I might have a day off there. I didn't like it much though - despite discovering an excellent local food and drinkery - so I continued down the coast and discovered a bit of postcard Portugal. Sun, sand, sea, a beach promenade and a pleasant, chilled atmosphere. I took a day off there, in Espinho, and spent Sunday sitting on the beach wall with the locals, looking at the sea. I walked down to the waves, took my shoes off and stood in the water, the powerful tide stripping the sand from beneath my feet as it rushed out, and nearly knocking me over as it came back in again. It's a beautiful sight, the Atlantic, especially when you know there's nothing but water between you and America. Makes you feel quite small, quite insignificant.

Got me thinking too. When I arrive on the East coast of Italy and look out over the Adriatic, having done the same on the Med., how would I feel knowing I had cycled all that way, on my own? And how would I feel if I turned up having 'cheated' a bit, on the pretence of saving some time? I can feel it now, thinking about it, in my stomach, and that's why I'm heading East to the border with Spain tomorrow and then for the Pyrenees again. On my bike.


  • At 8:29 pm, Blogger Roger said…

    3 big cheers from emery villas!

    And if we are anywhere near you the middle of June we'll come and find you and shower you with ice cold lager to celebrate.

    Then get in our air conditioned car, sit on a comfy seat and drive off wondering what all the fuss is about... ;-)

  • At 7:27 am, Anonymous Pete said…

    I had a feeling your gut would take you the cycling route.... Well done Percy! :o)

  • At 11:56 am, Blogger Mike said…

    Important life decisions should be made gazing out across the Atlantic.

    Sounds heavenly.

    But I'm beginning to see a key difference between you and I Percy.

    I'd cheat like a shot.

  • At 4:18 pm, Anonymous bella said…


    I'm so proud.



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