ASB Ride October 17th.
Leaving September's meeting place at the Rede Energia Petrol Station,
just south of São Bras de Alportel the clouds started to melt away with
the rising temperature. It was an extremely good turn-out with 36 riders
including many new faces and bikes wanting to experience an ASB Ride.
Due to the amount of members turning up, we divided into two groups
making the ride more manageable, pleasant and safe.
Group 1 was led by Hans and away we went
10 minutes before Group 2 lead by Phil. Both riders being very experienced at organising
and leading ASB rides.
We headed east for a short while before turning in a northerly direction
along very nice, quiet country roads surrounded by beautiful views
of rolling hills and valleys with the occasional hamlet and village
to ride through. After 40 minutes or so with the sun shining and
the heat climbing, we reached our designated coffee stop for a well
earned break at at Casa de Pasto Paraiso de Serra near the river bridge in Portela .
Group 2 arrived shortly afterwards and it was nice to
compare highlights of the first leg and get to know the new members.
Away we went again in split groups and headed towards Cachopo
before turning east for what was to become the highlight of the ride.
Riding in the sunshine along winding roads on top of the hills rewarded
us with views down to the Algarve Coast in the hazy distance.
Eventually, we approached the Barragem de Odeleite from the west and rode
along the northern side which opened up more wondrous views.
Finally, we reached our lunch destination at
The Bela-Vista Restaurant Odeleite and shortly afterwards
group 2 joined us.
The staff really looked after us with service and food
on par with the excellent ride we had all just experienced.
Written by Michael Jensen who also took the photographs.