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We can start the day with quite some rolling down. We enjoy the morning's cold breeze. Enjoy the olive tree spotted landscape. It's getting more hilly and upon the last ascent to Covilha also more crowded with vehicles. Many empty apartments "vende-se" along the road.
route link 58 km, 750 m altitude net
In prospect of a break day …
... till 11am. A great but heavy night was had by all which made close down the next day not start until 5pm
The next morning, after we had all packed up, all the team bar us and Dan, left in Sam's van. We left with Dan with all the equipment meaning we had to go with Dan to have the vans brakes fixed. A pain if it didn't mean two nights in a hotel paid for by Dan while we waited on parts. The garage was in a small town Caceras where ...
... quelques unes des boutiques hors d age, boutiques de vêtements qui sont restées bloquées à la mode des années 50, quincailleries avec des couteaux et des lampes à pétrole en devanture.
Diner dans un petit restaurant avec un petit monsieur pour serveur très obséquieux et très attentionné.
Comme dirait le célèbre penseur Français, Franck Ribéri:
"C'est une ville que je me sens bien"
... because it’s an island.
From Covilhã it’s a 20km drive to the highest point of the mountain. The whole way up there are beautiful things to see and amazing view points. There are giant boulders everywhere, lagoons, dams AND THE BEST PART: an old insane asylum that is being remodeled into a fancy resort! How horror movie does that sound?? Awesome.
The area reminds me of a higher-elevated Bend/Sun River Oregon. ...
... Our road is parallel to the motorway and is partially quite crowded.
In Guarda we encounter for the first time that hotel rooms are taken. We are successful at the third try ("Beira Serra", a quite run-down place, shower on the floor).
We enjoy the visit in a brand-new cinema (English with subtitles) in the Guarda shopping centre. We are the only visitors to this film.
route link, 43 km, 690 m altitude net