Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A Coastal Classic

Today Pat enjoyed an open top bus ride and a bit more writing. 

Keith and I visited a car shop and came away with a reasonably priced Fiesta - 'Whitey' - in less than the time it took Carol and Sue to acquire provisions for lunch. No insurance excess, no charge for extra drivers. Bargain!

The 8 km (4 km each way) stroll on the spectacular rocky coast of the São Lourenço peninsula is an old favourite.  This is the fourth time I've been on this walk from Baia d'Abra to the summits beyond Casa do Sardinha and back. It's delightful. 

Rain was clearly falling over 'inland' Madeira, but we enjoyed sunshine and an occasional stiff breeze. A little over four hours was spent over the 8 km course, before we reached the ice cream van at the car park. 

During the walk we enjoyed the company of a multinational cast of humans, as well as a kestrel, lots of pigeons and lizards, and a variety of common flora with a Madeiran twist. Madeira Sea Stock for example. More flowers should be identified in our slideshow in due course. 

The short walk enabled us to return to Funchal by 4pm for an afternoon and evening of traditional debauchery.

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