Rally routines

Trip Start Dec 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 23, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday 20th

Rally routine has set in with games night on Monday, quiz night on Tuesday, boules matches, Wednesday buffet lunch and tea dance, Thursday night whist, boules again on Fridays. However not wanting to be creatures of habit we managed to get away from the camp and explore more beaches.
Locally we found Burgau Beach, a nice handy little fishing port where we can slip off to have a picnic lunch on the beach.
We did another trip along the West coast and went right up to Aljezur about 30 miles north, had a look at the 11thcentury fort remains and then made our way back down the coast exploring three accessible beaches and observed the fishermen fishing from the high cliffs fishing about 100 feet below them. A long way to reel in your bait!!
Monte Clerigo was a lovely beach with its own rock pools but although we had taken our wet suits hoping to swim, the sea was far too rough with huge rollers bashing down on the rocks.
The next beach was Arrifana a surfers beach where every surfer seemed to have a dog and about twelve of them were were having as much fun as the surfers running into the sea and chasing each other. A golden labrador came and sat by us obviously hoping to share our picnic ...no chance! Not a swimmers beach, big waves and the need to know your surf well.
The next stop was the headland of Bordeira with several beaches accessed by a series of boardwalks leading from dirt track roads. One beach was at least 3 miles long and bordered by high cliffs on one side and sanddunes on the other. Because this is a National Park area the boardwalks are ovbiously there to protect the flora and fauna and wildlife. We saw lots of egrets, flocks of meadowlarks, Hoopoe birds from South Africa, stonechats and many seabirds.
We found an excavation that had revealed an ancient Muslim settlement right on the cliff edge about 9th century.
Amado looked more up-market with expensive villas still being built, another surfing and boating community, but these were not fishing boats these were flashy motor boats, it seems the financial crisis has not affected everyone.
From here we headed back to base and made the mistake of taking a 'short cut' through the forest where the tarmac road suddenly petered out to a dirt track with ever increasing pot holes for about 6 miles. We bounced around in the Smart car which coped pretty well with the rough terrain. In inclement weather this road would probably be a river!!!
We got home in time to cook swordfish for Dave and Margaret who leave on Saturday. They have been interesting company and we thank Dave for the opportunity to learn the hand chimes and Margaret for taking us out and about to Moncique in their hired car, we have arranged to meet up with them again later this year in France at the European Rally in the Loire.
With only one night of heavy rain so far, we look forward to more sunny days exploring more beaches, we still hold out hope we may get to swim in the sea.
Time now to rehearse for this evening's social where Bob, Chris, Olwen and Margaret and I are doing a few ditties to entertain the troops.
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