This morning we were going to leave a little earlier to try and avoid the blistering heat and get to our days destination Aveiro by about 1-2pm, BUT thanks to a terrible nights sleep we were almost awake all night and didn’t really need our 7:30am alarm call, this was mainly due to trucks driving straight pass our hotel over cobbled stones and when the trucks were empty the noise was unbelievable, even during the quieter times there was a dog barking all night long, and to make sure that wasn’t enough to keep us awake the 3 churches would ring there bells every hour BUT they were all out of time so you would get 12 chimes three times a minute from each other and so on through the bloody night.
So, anyway we had not booked a hotel for Aveiro because I was not sure Lorna would want to do another 4.5 hours in the saddle with the searing heat, but after she had seen what was there we decided that we would book a hotel and commit ourselves to getting there, so hotel booked, we were on the road at 9am again. The trip up, was fantastic in my opinion, because the roads we great, twisty, great tarmac, cambered and scenic, Lorna on the other hand was holding on for dear life clenching herself using muscles she didn’t even knew existed. About and hour in, enough was enough and I got the message to slow things down and take it easy, which I did. I must admit without a good nights sleep and the concentration levels needed, I was getting tired so an easy ride from now on was the order of the day. We stopped for a toasty and drink about an hour from Aveiro which was an experience, everything is so cheap when you go local so refreshing. So at about 1pm we rolled up to our hotel just outside the main town of Aveiro called Hotel Ílhavo Plaza which is lovely, we have a deluxe suite which was only 100 Euros but boy was it worth it. So after a shower we got a taxi into the main part of Aveiro and turned into tourists big time.
First on the cards was a ride on there version of a gondolas called a moliceiro boat which took us for 45 minutes up and down the canals, this was great but very touristic but it didn’t stop us, straight after we had a quick drink and then took a TukTuk around the town for 30 minutes which was actually really good. So after this we were hungry and wanted to go to Costa Nova which is a beach area with distinctive stripped coloured houses and great restaurants, we settled for “Bronze” which was fantastic, we had Garlic Prawns for starters and then a Sea Bass for 2 with chips veg and a few drinks the total bill was 55 Euros and probably one of the best fish meals we have had. By now we were literally hanging and needed our bed so the waiter called us a taxi and took us back to the hotel where we crashed, and now we are looked forward to the next day, as it was going to be an easier trip with just a few hours in the saddle and more importantly we were meeting up with Kelly & Warren to start the rest of the trip together.