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Last Update:  29 January 2018

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83a Ferry to Spain

Vila Real de San Antonio Boat Dock
Getting Ready to Cross the Rio Guadiana to Spain

83c Ferry to Spain
83e National Park on the way to Isla Cristina

Natural Park on a Bike Trail

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84c Salt
85b Isla Cristina Boat
84d Bike Trail in Isla Cristina

I was surprised to find bike trails literally everywhere in the city of Isla Cristina.

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My Tent - the Only Tent in a 4-Star Camping Area

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Thousands of these Flowers were on the Beach

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Sailors’ Monument in Isla Cristina

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Antilla - Someone’s Dream of a Vacaion Home

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This was the only building in town that was visited by the local people, who were busy getting ready for the onslaught of tourists.

83b Ferry to Spain

Ferry from Vila Real, Portugal, to Ayamonte, Spain

83d Ayamonte Bike Trail with oranges

Bike Trail in Ayamonte, Spain

84a Wet bike trail in Spain

The Bike Trail was Wet in Spots

After crossing the river into Spain, I rode about 10 miles and found myself right smack dab in the middle of a National Park that was filled with birds. In the distance, you can see the town of Isla Cristina. I was getting tired, so I decided to put out my trumpet. My what? Yep, my trumpet - a lightweight pocket trumpet that I decided to take with me because I need to keep my lip in shape for a workshop that is coming up in March. If you don’t practice regularly, your lip muscles begin to deteriorate. So here I am playing the trumpet for  the birds. Of course they loved it. :-)

84b Rusty Water tank
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Crossing into Isla Cristina

85c Antonio and Jorge

Good Discussion with Jorge & Antonio

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Blue on Blue - The Beach at Isla Cristina

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Beach Promenade

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Boats at Low Tide

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Lunch Time on the Trail   -   Sitting in the Sunshine!

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But Alas! The rest of the town was a ghost town, only occupied when the tourists came during the warm season!

 

From here, I attempted to climb the hills to the next two cities, Lepe and Cartaya, but my lung was too weak to continue. My lung capacity at 40% I decided to stay in a hotel for two nights then return to Portugal where the land is more flat.

The next day, I headed back to Isla Cristina, stayed one night at the campground and then crossed the border the next day back into Portugal. Instead of staying in Monte Gordo (Fat Mountain), I took the next train back to Olhao where I oringally started my trip.

Next Stop - Faro in Portugal!

Portugal 2018 - Time Out from the Routine

Back to Portugal - Day Trip to Faro

 

Monte Gordo - Portuguese Town on Spanish Border

 

 

Isla Cristina - Spanish Beach Resort

 

 

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