Diana´s Temple and Service Station Toilets
Cycling through cork and olive plantations, we discovered the Portugese paranoia that insists that every possible metre of fence must have solid posts and at least 2 strands of barbed wire. In fact, if possible, a concrete wall with broken glass as well as barbed wire is to be preferred. You never know, some pesky kids on bikes may decide to make off with a couple of olive branches for future peace making activities.
The lack of "roadside opportunities" means a closer familiarity with service station lavabos than might otherwise be desired. We do, however, find them to be surprisingly well-apppointed.
Evora turned out to have been a Unesco world heritage site since 1986 and you can see from the old walled city and Diana´s temple just why. These reminders of the Roman domination of the area goes some way to explaining the long straight roads we´ve been slogging along (and, increasingly, up) for the day, if not the distinct lack of pasta based dishes available on local menus.
Day 53.4km (Total 187.3km)