Estremoz to Elvas - Spring in Iberia - CycleBlaze

April 2, 2024

Estremoz to Elvas

Let the tour begin! But first we have to sort our our biking clothes from our car travel clothes, then dispose of the car someplace until we come back in two weeks. Then it's time for the departure picture of the three of us and we are rolling.

We're off, dressed for wind and weather.
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Kathleen JonesI love this so much.
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It's cold, we don't see the sun all day, and we have either cross winds or head winds - but it doesn't snow and it doesn't rain either. We never got around to looking at Estremoz, it just didn't fit into our schedule. Leaving after ten and hoping not to get the rain predicted for the late afternoon was good enough.

Looking back to Estremoz
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We are on our way - Susan all smiles.
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Rachael AndersonI’m glad she’s doing better!
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The country roads have almost no traffic and in spite of the cloud cover, I am loving the views of green hills and pastures, spring flowers, cattle and sheep.

Lots of wide open space
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Dramatic cork oaks and horses
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Vineyards of Borba - We drank the red last night and it was excellent.
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Country roads
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Lots of these white flowers blooming everywhere
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Bill ShaneyfeltRock rose. Lovely flowers!

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/76362-Cistus-ladanifer
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Wonderful views over the countryside, and I guess sun would make it even betterr.
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Most of the cattle ran off when I approached - I was lucky here.
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About midway we cycled off our route and up the hill to San Aleixo. Time for a break and a bite to eat. We got a couple of bananas and some cookies, enough to tide us over, and I had fun poking around the photogenic church for some pictures. 

Bicycle portrait with doors in San Aleixo, about half way on our ride
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More bicycle portrait opportunity in San Aleixo
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Church in San Aleixo
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I couldn't resist another bicycle portrait.
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Janos blending in
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Susan needs a breather - her cough isn't gone and the headwinds and hills are taxing.
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The wind increased at noon and our route took a bend to the southeast from whence the wind was blowing. We didn't have a long day but it was enough for a starter.

Spring time in the Alentejo
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Had to have a sheep picture, too.
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Entering Elvas
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Elvas - we made it.
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Kelly IniguezShould you need a bicycle shop, I think you were standing right in front of the Hobby Zone. I had my rim brake pads replaced for only 1.69E per set - what a bargain!
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Suzanne GibsonTo Kelly IniguezGood to know although I hope we don't need any repairs!
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Rachael AndersonGreat job! The winds sure can be nasty.
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Praça da República in Elvas
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We were happy not to get rained on and after a bit of fudging around Janos and I found our B&B, Susan had booked another place not far from us. 

Elvas looks like a place we want to explore but we were not good for much at the end of the day besides hanging out in our room and then going to dinner with Susan. And writing the journal. And now I am going to bed. 

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Today's ride: 47 km (29 miles)
Total: 47 km (29 miles)

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Kathleen JonesMy finger is getting really fatigued again for liking all your wonderful photos, one after the other. Whew.
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Suzanne GibsonTo Kathleen JonesThanks, Kathleen!
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Rich HarrellGreat photos! The cork oaks are interesting.
Looking forward to seeing and learning more as you continue the tour.
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Suzanne GibsonHi Rich! Thanks for reading!
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