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  • Day9

    Its hot Mama!

    October 24, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    A short 16km walk today after a delicious hotel buffet breakfast. I was planning to walk another 10km but by the time I got going it was quite late, and the heat pulsating waves. Everyone is commenting on how unseasonably warm it is. The forecast for next week is an average of 10degrees lower, a much better temperature for walking.

    Again, a not very exciting walk - lots on road surface, a suburban linear sprawl, one long road bridge over a ravine and a rather insignificant river, a pleasant coffee stop in a nondescript village, and an easy walk through another eucalyptus forest (they are everywhere). Other than a closed ethnographic museum, and a couple of grand houses, one of which had a magnificent fig tree, on which I feasted, there was nothing very much to show.

    I am assured the walk gets better after Porto. Let’s hope so!
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    Laurie Reynolds

    I should have alerted you to the really lovely shady green park in Agueda up the hill (beyond that house you posted a picture of, I think) — tons of painted pigs for some odd reason but it would have been a great place to spend a hot afternoon. Enjoying your posts a lot! The slog into Porto from Grijo is an urban sidewalk the whole way, not a fun way to end a long day if you start in Sao Joao. I’m sure there are urban buses. If you have free time in Sao Joao, on the way out of town is an old hat factory turned into museum. This is where I learned that “mad as a hatter” came from the fact that many hat makers inhaled too much poison and went crazy.

    10/25/18Reply
    Robyn Smith

    Hi Jill Apparently Indian Summer in UK too. Good for figs. So I assume the Portuguese paint their bridgerails yellow. How is your blister? How are you? And the bedbugs? What bad luck.

    10/25/18Reply