The first ride of the this year was a short tour to the pretty village of

Querenca for a coffee at the always popular Cafe Rosa in the square

opposite the church.

After a short break the riders headed north towards Baranco Velho before

turning west towards Benafim then passing through some lovely scenery

and down the valley to Santa Margarida on the way to Alte.

Although it was a bright sunny day with some clear distant views from the hills

there was a cold biting wind and everyone was pleased to have the chance

to warm up and enjoy lunch at Restaurante O Folclore in Alte.

The ride was organised and led by myself with the much appreciated help

of Joachim on his VW trike and Steve Wills.It was good to see Steve returning

for his first ride after several months recovering from surgery on his back.

Photos by John Heffernan.

The program for the coming year will be prepared at a meeting this week

and announced shortly.

Anyone interested in joining the ASB can find out more on the ASB website