Almeirim Municipality

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    • Day 8

      Santarém to Azinhaga - 23km

      May 11, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      What a difference a good night's sleep is!
      I breezed right through today's walk.
      After leaving Santarém the trail went through miles and miles of vineyards.

      I saw the first Camino marker that wasn't also a marker for the route to Fatima as Santarém is where the two paths diverge. What I didn't see was any other walkers.

      The walk today was almost entirely through agricultural areas with fields ready for planting, fields with seedlings just breaking through the ground, and some more mature plants too.

      While it was warm, it wasn't as hot as yesterday, and there was often a cool breeze.
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    • Day 8

      Day 4 Valada to Santarem

      September 12 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

      Day 4 - Valada to Santarem. 12 September. Started at 07:33. Finished at 12:03. 20.2k/12.6m. Walking time 3h42m. 24,108 steps. 914 calories.

      As I was typing in the calories I realized the figure is based on my body weight. Wonder what it would be if I added 12# for the weight of my pack. Let’s face it carry around a 12# dumbbell for over 12 miles you use more energy.

      It was a very good day for walking. Weather was absolutely perfect. The toes were good. I think my body is beginning to adapt to my 12# pack.

      Got a great sunrise photo over the Tejo River. Many would find today’s path very boring. Not much to see. Landscape pretty much the same all day. But I like days like this - filled with farm fields and smells that take me back to North Dakota. Something about smelling fresh tilled dirt!

      Followed the dike for a long time and then cut through a vineyard. Having the high dike provided some great shade! Also, adding to today’s boring side - only one town. And that was 3k from the start, so too soon to stop. Had a 3+km hill at the end leading into Santarem. I love hills - going up. Saw two pilgrims on the trail. So those staying in the hostel did not catch up to me.

      Played tourist in Santarem. Had a good filling lunch/early supper. Staying in a modern , new hostel. Right now only two of us in a 6 bunk room.

      Okay, I know you all want to hear about my toes! Well did not have a restful sleep. They were not hurting, but my brain just had to find a solution to my toe dilemma. I believe I found it. Since I wear sandals my toes were not hitting the front or top of my shoes. But I grip with my toes and the first small toe joint, instead of rounding up it presses down. Sort of like it’s double jointed but it is not. That joint compression pushes down right below the nail bed. Anyway, how do you prevent that from happening. My solution was to take a small wad of cotton ball and tape it to the bottom of my toe where the joint bends in. Well it worked. Still had to drain the blisters but not much fluid and no swelling, redness or pain.

      Photos had captions. Also added a couple videos. Hope you enjoy the journey. Bom Caminho.
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    • Day 7


      May 10, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Today didn't go as planned.
      I found yesterday's walk more exhausting than it should have been since it wasn't long, and the terrain was flat. I felt like someone had added lead weights to my backpack and sandals. The heat that was getting to me. All day I was thinking "how can I walk 33 km tomorrow when I'm struggling with this 22 km walk?"

      So I kind of psyched myself out.
      I had planned to wake up in time to start by 6:00, but then I got anxious about getting to sleep, and of course the anxiety kept me awake.

      Sometime after midnight when I still hadn't slept despite doing breathing exercises, counting backwards by 3s, and a few yoga poses I decided that I would just have to forget about walking.
      So, for the first time ever on the Camino I took transport to my next destination.

      I took the train to Santarém, and I'm glad that I didn't try to walk because it was the hottest day so far, and Santarém is at the top of a beastly hill.

      I stayed in a lovely apartment that I found on booking.com with an owner who has walked a few Camino routes that went above. María even took me to the grocery store!
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    • Day 4

      Day Three

      August 27 in Portugal ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

      Well it looks as though my little adventure is going to have to adapt and become a different adventure that involves the bus and the train 😳
      Getting up this morning I had to accept that there wasn’t a chance of being able to get my trainers on, let alone walk the intended 33km’s..
      My two biggest blisters were so sore I couldn’t put weight on my heels .. I realise that to any Parish walker i must sound like a right wuss !
      Well off to the train station I hobbled and a train it was to Santarem .. I did walk, sort of in my flip flops the 40 odd minutes to my accommodation.. actually quite an achievement 🙄.. on the way I passed ( only because he stopped for water ) a guy who was also doing the journey, only he wasn’t walking it all, he was combining it with the bus and train… long story short, I met up with him again outside the hotel as he was staying at the same place. As it was too early to check in, he asked ( he speaks Portuguese ) if we could leave our bags there and suggested going for something to eat/drink .. only it turned out he didn’t drink and we had alcohol free beer 😂 I also needed something to eat as I hadn’t eaten since lunchtime the day before as my desire to eat was way lower than my desire not to walk anywhere last night.
      Anyway.. he seriously didn’t stop talking for 2 hours!!! I was exhausted and desperate to be in my room.. he suggested having a coffee /food later and it seemed rude to say no, so I agreed ( he was a considerably older retired gentleman I might add ) well we duly met and basically had a hobble, in my case, round the town resulting in no coffee or food. He was very useful in the pharmacy though with his Portugués.. even though it turned out the assistant’s English was pretty good. After getting another assistant to look ( I kept apologising for how they looked 😳) she thought one of my blisters was infected.. possibly the goo that was at the time surrounding it!!!
      She gave me something to put on it and some more plaster’s.. I’m going leave them overnight and once again hope for a miracle!!! I’m imagining it’s probably going to end up being a bus day….
      Off to bed now hoping all will be good tomorrow.. 🙄
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    • Day 34

      Einmal längs durch Portugal

      October 19 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

      Und immer noch ist die Wettervorhersage dominiert von Regen. Nur an der Algarve soll es etwas besser sein. Gestartet ohne genaues Ziel ging es den ganzen Tag durch Regen.
      Vorbei an den Olivenhainen, den Korkeichen, den Reisfeldern und den Rebflächen. Einige Flüsse schienen über die Ufer getreten zu sein. Und auf den Feldern bildeten sich durchs ganze Land Seen.
      Erst in Villa Nova de Milfontes war es trocken und auch für Freitag, Samstag ist kein Regen und sogar etwas Sonne angekündigt.
      Der ACSI Campingplatz liegt nah an der Stadt. Gute Bedingungen auch bei schlechterem Wetter. Also bleiben wir hier.
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    • Day 7

      Day 4: Valada to Santarem

      May 7, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      We had a relatively short walk today, 19.8 kms mainly through flat farm lands that have recently been sown. We also saw quite a few vineyards, especially as we neared Santarem. The 16-kilometre stretch from Porto Muge to Santarem was without amenities so we just motored along until our last 2.7 kilometres, which was completely uphill. Talk about heartbreak hill.

      We were happy to finish walking before noon since the weather forecast for the afternoon was for blue skies with the temperature peaking at 31 degrees.
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    • Day 59


      April 27 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      De haven op palen van Carrasqueira in Comporta, Portugal

      Het Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira is een van de meest bezochte plaatsen in de regio Comporta. Dit meesterwerk van volksarchitectuur, gebouwd in de jaren 1950 en 1960, is uniek in Europa. De haven is gebouwd op onregelmatige houten palen en planken, zoals we in Azië konden zien. De kade en de aanleglijnen worden gebruikt door plaatselijke vissersboten. Dankzij de kades kunnen de vissers ook bij eb, wanneer de bodem bedekt is met een dikke laag modder en slik, hun boten bereiken.

      De haven op palen van Comporta is een tijdloze plek, hangend tussen hemel en zee. De ideale tijd om het te bezoeken is bij zonsopgang of zonsondergang, wanneer het licht en de kleuren worden weerspiegeld in het kalme water van de riviermonding. Het is een magische plek voor fotografieliefhebbers.

      Beter kon ik het zelf niet verwoorden.

      De foto's verdienen het om apart neergezet te worden, dus vandaag geen collages 😃
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    • Day 7


      August 21 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

      I made sure I took care of myself today by pre booking a room at a town less than 20km away and walking slowly and mindfully early in the morning to beat the heat. It was a much gentler day (but still really painful)Read more

    • Day 8

      Camino Day 3 - to Santarem

      April 28 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 81 °F

      21 miles today and the weather forecasters are as bad here as they are at home. Last night, the forecast was for a cloudy day. We didn't see many clouds and most were in the morning when it was cool. Very little shade, once again. The last 1.5 miles were up hill.

      Today we walked primarily through farmland - some ready to be planted, some recently planted, and we saw tomatoes being planted by a big machine doing several rows at a time. There were so many picturesque moments, but pictures would not do then justice (and if I stopped every time I wanted a picture, it would have taken us another hour!)

      We walked with Jeff from California for a while today and met Connie and Lizbet from Denmark. Jeff is 71 and did the Frances last year as a 70th birthday present to himself. Lots of bikers doing the camino as well.
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    • Day 28

      Laundry day

      March 20, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Danes je dan za pranje perila, mal v stroju, mal na roke. Blato na blato je teklo ven.

      Jaz bi rabil cist drug iskalnik za Booking. Tak da odkljukam, da ima hotel garazo, da je motor na varnem in da ima kopalnica bano, da lahko dobr operem. Po moznosti se klimo, da se vse posusi. No mi je vseeno uspelo najti tocno takega in po dveh urah zelo zgodnjega TETa priti do sosednje vasi od Santarema ter uiti dezju.

      Danes perilo, jutri pa sva na vrsti jaz in Jasmina.
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