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    • Day 20


      April 4 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      It was an uneventfull walk to Gijo today. It was only 19 km's, and only 16 km's for tomorrow to get to Porto. Doing 35 all at once looked like too much. Especially since it was mostly road walking. It seemed like every house that I went by today had barking dogs. (See video) Most of them looked like that's all they have done there whole life. Tonight there are just 2 of is. A guy from Uruguay, and I. We went to get something to eat at a place recommended by the hospitalero, and it was excellent. Anyway, Porto tomorrow and the start of what is said to be the best part of this camino.Read more

    • Day 7

      Walking Day 4

      September 17, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Malaposta (Residential Solar) to Grijo Albergue.
      Another short stage. We got away a bit late, I woke up with a headache and the weather was terrible, raining and windy. It rained pretty steadily until we stopped for morning tea, then mostly dry until we reached Grijo.
      I had left behind somewhere a walking pole and went back a km or so to look for it. Unfortunately didn't find it, and in the meantime an Australian pilgrim got ahead of us and got to the albergue just before us. He took the last room with two beds, and we are in a room with six beds. Missed it by that much! There are now (5:13pm) two Canadians also in the room. So our first night in a dorm style albergue with bunk beds. Tomorrow about 17km to Porto.
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    • Day 22

      Day 18 SJDM - Grijo

      September 26, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      Day 18 - Sao João de Madeira to Grijo
      Tuesday, September 26

      Started at 7:14 am. Finished at 11:25 am. 18.8k/11.7m. Walking time 3h39m. Steps 23,966. Calories 868.

      Not much happened today. Other than walking on pavement. Walking along a very busy, noisy two lane highway and trying to cross the highway without a crosswalk or light.

      Did a short day because there is no accommodation between Grijo and Porto and definitely was not going to walk 35+k.

      Staying in Albergue S Salvador for E10. One of first to arrive, so had choice of room. Surprised there was an option of 2-bed or 6-bed rooms. Aimee and I chose the 2-bed room.

      Enjoy the journey. Photos have captions. Bom Caminho.
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    • Day 17

      Etapa 13: Grijó

      January 20 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      I have been calling Alburgues ahead of time so that I can make sure they are open. The person answering the phone for the Grijo Alburgue really didn’t seem to speak English but did mention something about a form and that they would send me a WhatsApp message about it.

      I never did get the form, but when I arrived I completely walked into the wrong building that turned out to be a bar and asked for the Alburgue. They pointed me to the back of a house where the check-in would be. When I knocked, a 7 year old girl answered the door and called for her mom that there was someone here for the Alburgue. I provided my credential and information while in their living room. I think I’d pretty clearly interpreted some kind of gather because there were 4 young kids running around and a group of older men all talking together.

      I did get into the Alburgue though! And saw Lee. The two of us went to dinner together and a dish that in the English menu was called ‘cod with cornbread’. I’m not sure exactly where the cornbread was, but it was super tasty!

      After dinner, Lee offered me some different kinds of South Korean candy that were all ginseng flavor. It was a very unique taste, but probably not going to be a new Halloween favorite for me.
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    • Day 20

      Day 17/6 Oliveira de Madeira to Grijo

      May 20, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      When we checked into our hotel yesterday afternoon, we were pleased to learn that it was four star rated AND breakfast was included in the room rate.

      As a result, The Core Four took full advantage of the "free" food and, by the time we completed our Uber ride, didn't arrive back in Sao Joao de Madeira to start our walk until 8:45.

      The day started out at 18 degrees and slowly crept up to 27 by the time we arrived at our destination in Grijo. The walk today had an elevation gain of 268 meters, considerably less than yesterday, and a distance of just 19.69 kms. In pilgrim terms: a relatively easy day.

      We spent most of the day walking through residential neighborhoods, but, to add some spice to our trek, on our first rest break at about 7kms, the cafe owner offered us some delicious cinnamon toast to go with our coffee.

      We also had various periods following the ancient Roman road, which somehow always brings me to reflect on how many others have trodden these same cobbles as I.

      At one point, we came across a group of bikers who were leaving their mark on a metal wall simply by writing on it with a finger, and I felt obliged to do the same.

      We arrived in Grijo shortly after 1:00 and took an Uber into Porto so that we can enjoy the charms she has to offer while we overnight here today and tomorrow.

      One of these charms that had Brenda salivating all day was a gluten-free bakery that offers GF Pastel de Nata. However, when we arrived at the shop, there were no Pasteles to be found! Forrunately, we were told a fresh batch would be ready within the hour, so we decided to go for an early dinner. Of course, dining in Europe before 7:00 is out if the question and two vegan restaurants we tried to patronize informed us they were closed until 7:00

      We ended up dining in the first place we found that offered a vegetarian burger and some typically delicious fries before returning to the GF bakery for Brenda's dessert. Although the crust didn't live up to the standard puff-pastry crust, Brenda thoroughly enjoyed the treat.

      We capped off our evening with a round of drinks on an outdoor patio with Anita and Ernie.

      Tomorrow we pick up where we left off in Grijo and will enjoy one more night in Porto before moving onward.
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