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    • Day 29

      Rund um Ria da Aveiro

      March 27, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heute sind wir an der Lagune entlang über die ungeteerten Wege gefahren und erstaunlicherweise dort mitten in einem Radrennen gelandet. Offroad können die wohl sehr gut hier. Teilweise echt fragwürdig für unser Anspruchsdenken was Radwege angeht. Das begleitende Motorrad musste jedenfalls korrigieren. Ein Besuch des Farol da Barra und nach 40km über Stock und Stein waren wir wieder zurück.Read more

    • Day 56

      "Zur guten Stunde" am Strand

      March 28, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Ein sympathischer Stellplatz direkt hinter den Dünen, einfach und ruhig, abgesehen vom kräftig treibenden Wind aus Norden. Dafür bringt letzterer das lang ersehnte schönere Wetter. Nordsee-Feeling in Portugal. Wir bleiben drei Nächte hier in Gafanha da Boa Hora, dem "Gafanha zur guten Stunde".Read more

    • Day 57

      Aveiro per Rad

      March 29, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Vermutlich hatte ich den falschen Weg gewählt, um in die Stadt zu kommen. Endlose Industrie und Hauptverkehrsstrassen, unvorteilhafte Quartiere, chaotische Verkehrsführung. Bald mal der Eindruck, dieser Ort sei in erster Linie dank erfolgreichen Marketings bekannt. Einem tatsächlichen "Venedig Portugals" hätte ich mehr als drei Kanäle gewünscht.
      Nun, nach dem Mittagessen habe ich doch noch ein paar malerische Winkel gefunden, im alten Fischer-Viertel und entlang der Salinenfelder. Und die 20km Rückfahrt genoss ich mit kräftigem Rückenwind!
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    • Day 19

      It's a Covid Camino 😢

      May 22, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Thursday night my nose was a bit stuffed up. Out of an abundance of caution I used one of the Covid test kits that I had brought with me after I arrived at the wonderful, but remote Watermill Moinho Garcia albergue. I was surprised, but not totally shocked to see a positive result.

      Fortunately, I had booked a private room so that my cooties were contained. The host at the albergue suggested that I could probably find a place to stay in Estarreja - a good sized town with all services I would need that I could walk to in a couple of hours.

      I found a nice apartment on booking.com that I booked for four nights. After that I will retest and reevaluate the situation.

      Other than mild cold symptoms I mostly just want to sleep. I slept over 11 hours last night!
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    • Day 27

      Aveiro statt Porto

      March 25, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Kurzfristig fiel die Entscheidung nicht bis Porto zu fahren sondern auf den Orbitur Camping Vagueira in der Nähe von Aveiro. Und es hat sich gelohnt.
      Aveiro mit bunten Fischerbooten auf Kanälen mit Jugendstil Häusern im Hintergrund und dann in Costa Nova mit bunten Häusern - irgendwo an der Nordsee? Es fühlt sich nicht an wie Portugal aber sehenswert. Krass fanden wir den Denkmalschutz des Hauses bei dem nur die Fassade stehen blieb. (Foto10)
      Wetter war trocken und damit sind wir schon zufrieden. Um die Gegend weiter erkunden zu können werden wir evtl. 3 Übernachtungen hier machen.
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    • Day 58

      Rund um Vagos und Costa Nova

      March 30, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Harmonisch geformt - die Wellen im Sand und Meer
      Bunt und verspielt - die Hausfassaden in Costa Nova
      Klein aber fein - der Fischmarkt in Praia de Vagueira (heute war Grillwetter)
      Ob mit oder gegen den Wind, es war ein sehr schöner Radl-Tag.Read more

    • Day 14

      Conímbriga to Coimbra 16.3 km

      May 17, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      This was a short pleasant walk, though a little warmer without the cloud cover of the last couple of days.

      Coimbra is a large university town with lots to see. Unfortunately, I set myself the task of buying a new Fitbit here - the strap on mine broke and I lost it somewhere along the way. I thought that it would be as easy as going to a Decathlon store and buying one there since I had seen the same model as the one I lost on their website. But it turned out that they only had a different model - one without an altimeter that tracks the number of floors climbed. The salesperson there did tell me to check a store in the big shopping mall across the street, and they had one left! But this little shopping expedition ended up consuming a couple of hours in the afternoon, so I didn't have the time or energy to do much sightseeing.

      I did enjoy a nice alfresco dinner accompanied by people watching with another pilgrim.
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    • Day 18

      Day 15/4 Agueda to Albergaria a Nova

      May 18, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      We started our day at 7:00 in a light mist and 18°C. Not wet enough for rain gear, but humid enough to cover my glasses with water. Our plan was to do a short 16 km walk to Albergaria-a-Velha and then Uber to Aveiro to enjoy a better choice of restaurants and accommodations, because today was no ordinary day on the Camino. Today my lovely wife turns sixty!

      As soon as we left Agueda, the path took a sharp upward route and had us climbing up 75 meters in only 3/4 km. My companions, who tell me they've already contended with much worse, made the climb look easy. Me, not so much. Our first opportunity for coffee came only 4 kms into the walk, so we decided to move straight on to the next, only 7.6 kms away.

      As we passed through the little town of Mourisca, we were astounded by the size and beauty of some very old mansions along the way. Some were pristine, others need a little TLC and a couple were abandoned and in complete disrepair. One looked like it could have been lifted from a Hitchcock movie. We had to wonder why so much wealth was at one time drawn to this out of the way little burg.

      After Mourisca we were treated to a short time on an ancient Roman road, flanked on both sides by a completely intact stone wall. On one side was a beautiful pond dotted with lily pads and off in the distance, atop a hill, was the local place of worship.

      As we traversed a bridge, overlooking the landscape in the distance we couldn't help but admire nature's beauty, despite being partially shrouded in mist.

      Since our 7km coffee stop turned out to be non-existant, we continued on to the 10km mark where we finally succeeded in getting an infusion of very good, and very welcome, caffeine. While there, the group decided it would be a better idea to finish our day in Albergaria-a-Nova, 7.5 kms past our original destination. We arrived there at around 1:30, stopped for a quick celebratory pint and then Ubered into Aveiro, straight to Cha & Bolachas, where we had lunch. Brenda had found this little restaurant that offers vegan and gluten free options, so it was a must for her special day. Although we all wanted a light lunch, the different bruschetta plates we all ordered were very substantial and so good that our plates were virtually licked clean. Before leaving, we all ordered a slice of gluten free cake to take away to top off tonight's dinner.

      After checking in, we started the birthday celebrations with a bottle of Vinho Verde at The Iron Duke Pub. Champagne was in order, but when in Portugal...

      Dinner was at Food K'Ort, an Indian restaurant located a one minute walk from our hotel. The food was delicious, plentiful and served by the most entertaining waiter I can ever recall having. We topped off the meal, and the evening, with a resounding version of Happy Birthday, as much of the gluten free birthday cake as we could eat, and a complimentary glass of Brandy from the chef. And just as we were about to leave, Happy Birthday and an accompanying video began playing on the house TV.

      A pretty darn good day all around.
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    • Day 16

      Sernadelo to Águeda 23.6 km

      May 19, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Not a lot to report.
      Really pleasant walking weather today. Sunny, but not hot. In fact I felt a chill in the air when I started at 6:30 this morning.

      I met up with Tracy, a woman from Colorado and we walked about 5 miles together to a town where we thought that there should be a café. We weren't finding anything, but heard a woman in her yard calling her cats, and decided to ask her. She told us that the restaurant had closed, but she had just made coffee, and did we want some? Not being much of a coffee drinker, I declined, but Tracy stayed and had coffee. She also offered the use of her bathroom, and that was an offer I accepted!

      I walked alone again for maybe a half hour until I met up with Tom from Toronto who I had met yesterday. It didn't seem long before we arrived in Águeda, where we stopped to have a bite to eat before checking into our respective accommodations. We were quickly joined by several others, and made a plan to meet up later this afternoon.

      Águeda is a cute little town with all services, several restaurants, grocery stores, etc. I'm a little disappointed because my friends Tina and Roel were here last September and I had seen pictures that they took at the time of the main shopping street with brightly colored umbrellas overhead. When I checked in at the hotel, the receptionist said that they don't put them up until June.

      I'm staying at a nice place and my room has a lovely little balcony!
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    • Day 20

      My biggest accomplishment today

      May 23, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      The apartment that I'm staying in has a combination microwave/regular oven with a dial with what looks like hieroglyphics!
      I had to reset the router because Netflix stopped working and while looking for the router I found the user manual for the oven. Now I can cook the pizza that I bought!Read more

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