Friday 24 June … Pinhao to Porto

We had a lovely ride from Pinhao to Regua on the N222 … regarded as one of the best touristic roads in the world. We are with Franny who will leave us in Regua and go her merry way. We all agreed our ride yesterday was much better … who are we to decide what is the best road when you are on a bike. River locks amaze me; we stay and watch the process of the river boat going through the lock.

We had a great time in the hostel, 2 German girls left today, they are travelling in an inflatable kayak, today their direction will depend on the wind, we were hoping to see them from the road but we are facing a slight headwinds so our chances are low.

Sipping on a Mateus Rose its all is good. We have had the hassle of the train strike today but managed to get ourselves to Porto with 2 trains. The train ride was beautiful and very scenic. We hope to keep contact with Franny.

Porto was celebrating St Joao yesterday but the celebrations still continue today. I googled 2 traditional restaurants near by and they were closed … the hotel came to the party with a suggestion of a local place which was open … what a great time we had … meal was so so but met some Spanish guys staying at the hotel, some Americans that have migrated here in December … that is quite another story to tell in person.

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