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    • Day 2

      Day 2 - La. Bruge to Sao Pedro de Rates!

      June 28, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      So, we walked today! Just walked, observed, talked and were silent. Just curious, is there anything else going on in the world? Nevermind. Please don’t answer that. I’m enjoying my world with Claudia too much.

      We spent the first part of the day walking the Coastal Route from La Bruge to Vila de Conde. The Portuguese coastline is really beautiful. A little treacherous looking but beautiful. Most of it was along the boardwalk allowing us to see up close all the rock formations and huge, incredible beaches and the wonderful artwork along the way. Apparently stacking and painting rocks is an art form. Enjoyed that.

      As we arrived in Vila de Conde and left the coast for the Central route we realized we would have to go it on our own. No way points. No yellow arrows. Just us and Apple Maps. Critically, we did not want to end up on a highway. So we chose a route avoiding it. Ultimately, we were successful. There were some doubts, but the scenery was well worth it. Endless fields of corn with the traditional granite white houses with red tile roofs surrounded us. Many of the crops were surrounded by tall stone fences making us feel like we were in a tunnel. And we had to watch for cars screaming by on barely a one lane road.

      After some tense moments, we finally arrived in Arcos San Miguel for a thirty minute break and lunch at Cafe Barbosa for a small sandwich, chips, banana and Super Bock beer. What else is there? A bathroom! Thank God! Amen! The Camino always provides.

      2.2 km later we ended up at the oldest albergue in Portugal, met some nice young Peregrinos, had a chance to visit with them, dinner and now to bed.

      Not sure how far tomorrow. I have some blisters that have developed. Hopefully, we will be fine. The road less traveled is behind us and the path to Santiago is clear.

      15.8 miles and 36,000+ steps.

      Bom Camino!
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    • Day 96

      Sao Felix Hill

      February 27, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Stellplatz habe ich noch ver und entsorgt und fahre dann Richtung Porto und biege links nach Sao Felix ab, wo ich über 500 Stufen auf den Gipfel Steige . Viele junge Leute haben hier eintreffen, die gehen einen Pilgerweg und werden versorgt .
      Die Messe, welchem Tal stattfindet, klingt bis nach oben auf den Berg . Der Chor von unten und der Chor der oberen Kirche ergänzen sich und es ergibt eine fantastische Stimmung
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    • Day 4

      Tag 2 und 3

      May 12, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Da ich gestern kein WLAN hatte melde ich mich heute. Viel zu berichten gibt es nicht. Wir haben die Küste verlassen und gehen durch das Landesinnere weiter. Leider denken viel andere Pilger auch so und die Herbergen sind voll. Bisher haben wir aber Glück gehabt und immer einen Platz gefunden. Mal schauen wie es weiter geht. Wie sind gestern von Lebruge bis Rates gelaufen warten etwa 25 km und heute weiter bis Barcelo. Haben damit 1/5 der Strecke geschafft. Habe ein Video gemacht damit ihr den Atlantik hört.Read more

    • Day 6

      Our first day Caminoing

      September 18, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      Today was meant to ease us into our Camino journey, the shortest leg of the trip. We started out fine although neither of us got much sleep last night. We got ourselves sorted and out the door of the hostel by mid morning, got our pilgrim’s credential stamped at Se Cathedral then jumped on a train headed for the coastal town of Vila do Conde. From there we followed the old aqueduct (built in the early 1700’s, now just remnants) inland to the town of Sao Pedro de Rates to follow the Central path of the Caminho Portugues.

      The route we took today was a shortcut of sorts between the Coastal and the Central routes of the Camino. Even though it isn’t really part of any Camino route, just a link between the two, the way was well marked with yellow arrows. A couple times the path we took didn’t quite match the proscribed route but we made it to Rates by late afternoon.

      Mostly we walked at the edge of narrow cobblestone roads: We walked through some upscale neighborhoods as we left the coast, winding through fields of feed corn as we got further inland.. At one point, I kid you not, there was a large baseball stadium with bleachers and everything , surrounded by corn fields. I did not see Shoeless Joe Jackson but he was probably nearby.

      Since it’s Sunday there wasn’t much traffic. We did have to press ourselves up against a stone wall at one point to accommodate a very big, very speedy piece of farm equipment but otherwise it was fairly peaceful. A few stretches ran through shady stands of eucalyptus trees along dirt roads which was a welcome relief from the sun baked cobbles. It was hot.

      We walked for a couple hours, made a pit stop at a little cafe, walked some more, took a break at a bus stop to tend our sore feet, walked some more. But just like your mom in the pool when you were learning to swim, the finish line kept moving farther away.

      Eventually we made it to our destination, Casa Mattos, about 6 hours after we left Vila do Conde, taking about 50% longer than I had expected. But you know the best part? Since our lovely hospitaliero doesn’t speak English, my boiled brain had to translate his oh so rapid Portuguese on the fly. I kept speaking French and Ellen was throwing her Spanish around. It wasn’t pretty. The good news is he thinks we’re German. Not sure why but I’m fine being an embarrassment to Germany. They can handle it.

      But the house, rooms, and surrounding gardens and vineyard are gorgeous. There are other pilgrims staying here but we were in no shape to make new friends. We took showers, washed our clothes, and passed out. I have no idea how we’re going to do this again tomorrow. More of it.

      We did manage to haul ourselves out of bed long enough to go out hunting for dinner. There are a few restaurants in town but the first was closed, and the second had run out of food. We ran into a group of 3 German women, peregrinos who all lived in the same town but had only just met on the Camino. They joined us in our search for food and we all ended up sharing a table at a the only open restaurant in town. We sat outdoors on the main square as the setting sun lit up the whitewashed buildings. They were a fun group.
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    • Day 6


      June 24 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 68 °F

      Today was a longer walk than I thought! 16 miles! So hot! So many cornfields! I kept wetting my buff to help with my neck sunburn from the day before and the general heat with no shade. I’m proud of us for finding our way from the coastal to the central, when the way was not always clear. We never got lost! So thankful that beds have been fairly easy to come by! Albergues have not been as full as I expected. Another 10 euros for bed, shower and a place to wash and hang my clothes! We share our room with 4 French people who can not speak ANY English. We mostly play charades to understand each other. This evening we sat at an outdoor picnic table enjoying the cold air and visited with, Alex… another French man, while bats flew overhead!Read more

    • Day 4

      S. Pedro de Rates-Tamel

      June 29, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      We had a beautiful morning walk and a lovely lunch in a small square with a fountain. We made our 17.6 mile goal, arriving at Tamel around 4:30, but at great cost. I have sore muscles and some foot blisters. Charles has several blister/hot spots and his baby toe is seriously compromised. A pilgrim from France, Alicia, also a nurse, and her friends, cleaned and bandaged his inflamed toe. We are taking a day off from walking to allow everything to heal.

      Again, the Camino provides just what you need when you need it. An educated medical person with proper supplies. A restaurant that was happy to accommodate a takeaway meal so Charles didn’t have to walk to dinner. (I returned silverware and glasses after dinner!) A pilgrim from Germany, Matthias, who advised us to download a train app and explained the way to the station. A lively cafe for breakfast right next to the train station. Last night, we we felt sad and dejected, this morning we can see our way forward. God’s grace continues to bless our Camino.
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    • Day 11

      Walk to Pedra Furada

      September 21 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      We got back from dinner and Lynn noticed that the bathroom door was closed, and the undies which we had hanging on a line weren't there. Not long afterwards a woman knocked on the door and said that she'd moved the undies to a clothesline, and that someone was sleeping in the unit next door, which had a locked door off the kitchen (well that's what we thought she said, speaking Portuguese 🤔). Just after going to bed we heard someone opening the door with a key, and a couple who'd been at the restaurant walked in! Turns out we just had one of the two rooms, not the whole unit.
      Anyway, next morning was cool and overcast, but we just missed the overnight rain. The walk cut across from the Coastal route through to the Central route and was a nice walk once we got through the outskirts of town, through mainly cornfields and Eucalypt forests. We chatted with a Dutch woman for the last few km's to Arcos, where we had lunch.
      We got to Casa de Maria around 3:30. The bedroom was huge, and we chatted to and then had dinner with the two other peregrinos, Christopher from Liverpool and Susana from East Germany. Dinner was good and we met the owner, Antonio, who features in the Brierley guide.
      We were thinking of walking 31km tomorrow, but decided to do two short days instead.
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    • Day 7

      Just keeps getting better.

      June 25 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

      Not a great sleep for me last night. Too hot, not comfortable, achy. But, we got an early start today to beat the heat and it’s even more beautiful than the other days! First coffee and quiche at a shop across the street and then a cool Misty morning walk! ❤️Read more

    • Day 7

      What happened to our “easy day”?

      June 25 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      We were feeling so good this morning with an early start and a cool morning. We were halfway to Barcelos before we knew it! Sooooo, when we saw a special variant path for the Camino that looked like it went through the woods, we went for it! And it did… but it was all uphill and then down hill! 😆 So now our feet and knees are killing ups and we are taking much needed break before we cover the last 3 miles to Barcelos!Read more

    • Day 7


      June 25 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      Thankfully, we’ve arrived in Barcelos much earlier than our other stays! Beat the heat a bit better! Only thing is that our check-in at the hostel is not until 3pm. So, poor us, we have to wait and have lunch in this perfect picturesque square with covered seating and a fountain flowing in the background! We met up with our Irish friend, McDara, who we first saw in Porto! We are all enjoying rest time until check-in!Read more

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