Just under 20 miles yesterday starting at Portimao and heading east on the Ecovia towards Albufeira.
Almost tripped twice. Shitty cobblestones all around here. Death traps. Other than that the Ecovia itself is pretty peaceful. It mainly consists of quiet road and light trails. Whenever you pass into a small city you have to negotiate some roundabouts and heavier traffic but it’s nothing as annoying as London.
There are some undulating hills but nothing too drastic and when it gets hilly it gets fucking beautiful. Just after I took this picture a small stray farm dog came after me with a head full of yaps. Didn’t let it bother me. Pulled up at an Intermarche instead and ran along with a 1.5L bottle of Sunny Delight.
For some reason the Sunny Delight won me some really dirty stares from the public. It was if I was running with a half empty bottle of lube and a notice hanging around my neck reading “Yeah I did it and you’re next!”
The only real downside of the trail is that there are few real transport options beside it outside of Faro in the central Algarve. This meant I had to turn away from the path and go up along a quiet road which went on for quite a while. Still pretty scenic but nowhere near as relaxing as the path itself.
I got the train from Alcantirlha to Portimao. My apartment building is about 1.5 miles from the train station at Portimao. The walk along broken cobblestones at night when you’ve 20 miles in your legs is not a happy experience.
I’ll try to do these long runs two or three times a week. The rest of the time I will just run in a loop around here. Next time I’ll head West towards Sagres. I don’t know if I’ll go all the way to the coast as there’s no train service after Lagos. I suppose I could look to see if I can find a bargain 15 euro a night hotel and stay there instead if I really wanted to.
It’s great being able to run in shorts and t-shirt again instead of having to wear two t-shirts and a coat like back in Leipzig. Even then it was unbearably cold.