TransPortugal – Day 7, the day the sun appeared.

It had been raining for over 1 week. On the morning of stage 7 the Sun finally appeared. I’m writing this post the morning of Stage 8 and will not be spending much time on this blog post as it’s a beautiful sunny day with 20 degrees Celsius temperatures and an ocean that’s calling to me.

Heading out with Edgar.
Heading out with Edgar.

Yesterday was a hard stage at nearly 140 kilometers with a significant amount of climbing towards the end. The ground has not dried out so there’s still plenty of mud and the bikes were unrecognizable at finish line. We saw a significant number of mechanical failures again today. There was another case of friends towing another rider when his free hub locked up. Having ridden this stage in 2013 and barely finishing it I can’t imagine pulling somebody else along and making it to the finish line.

I'might pretty sure this is Tom'spent bike.
I’might pretty sure this is Tom’spent bike.

My day was full of pigs, pelicans and picking up a rider that did not finish the stage.

Pelican nest at the hotel.
Pelican nest at the hotel.
Alentejo pigs.
Alentejo pigs.
Ourique, the center of pigs territory.
Ourique, the center of pigs territory.
Alentejo pigs.
Alentejo pigs.
There are even pigs on the restrooms.
There even pigs on the restrooms.
And in the traffic circles.
And in the traffic circles.

The group’s mood has lightened greatly and there was much rejoicing last night. I was surprised to find several unopened beers this morning, alongside the country’s flower.20160514_234308

See you at the beach!