Eastern Algarve September Ride

September's meeting place was São Bras de Alportel. It was a good turn-out with 30 riders

including a few newmembers taking part.

Riders formed into two groups making the ride more manageable, enjoyable and safe.

Group 1 was led by Hans Veninga and Group 2 by Phil Smith.

They also organised the ride and lunch. They were assistedon the day by Phill Anderson and Peter Kenyon.

The route was east for a short while before turning in a northerly direction andover the small stone Ponte de Sao Domingosbridge.

The quiet country roads offered beautiful views of the hills and valleys and back to the south coast.

After 50 minutes or so, with the sun shining, a stopto take a few photos at theMiradouro de Vale Covo

and then on to the designated coffee stop at Pinto Cafe for much needed refreshment.

Away again and heading east for possibly the best part of the ride.

Riding in the sunshine along winding roads on top of the hills with views down to the Algarve Coast in the hazy distance.

Eventually, thebikers approached the Barragem de Odeleite from the south and reached the lunch destination at

the Bela-Vista Restaurant. After a nice lunch and a chat the riders made their own way home.

A long ride for some from the west including Tim Holmes who managed to clock up around 375 kms on the day

according to the tracking app on his phone and managedto safely negotiate818 bends,, !

David Shirley ASB Organiser,

Photos by David Shirley and Paul Baylis.