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You don’t get to ha e it your way on the Camino in Portugal. You take what comes. This guy followed us down a long hill on a stone road with an empty wheelbarrow. I hope he didn’t have to get it back up loaded. This bridge goes back to Roman Times and…
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Our trail today took us from the coastal route to the central route. We walked to Barcelos today. Well, almost there- we got a taxi the last 9 kilometers. We had already walked about 22 and didn’t have 9 left in us. We were lucky to find a room here, in a…
Caminho Central
Caminho Central
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I turned 66 today. We stayed in an apartment rented from a sweet couple who own a restaurant. We went there for breakfast, a huge bowl of fresh fruit! I told her it was my birthday and she insisted I have a sip of Port before we left. We walked on…
Birthday Boy
Birthday Boy
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Porto is beautiful, colorful, scenic, and overflowing with tourists. We stayed in a very nice hostel (€22 each) and headed to the river. Cool and drizzly, we finally figured out how to catch the tram after walking all but 3km from the last stop. We met a…
Making it up as we go
Making it up as we go
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We made a plan: we don’t have the time or energy to walk every step of the way to Santiago, so after 8 days on foot we jumped ahead 90 kilometers by train. A very modern electric train. It would be great to have these in a Texas. We have also been on the…
Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt
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This does not look scary- that is because there was a few seconds reprieve for me to get the photo. This is just the runner-up to the true Pilgrim Highway of Death, which is EN-3 leading north into Azambuja, Portugal. I have no photos- you can’t take your…
Pilgrim Highway of Death
Pilgrim Highway of Death
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We are exhausted after five days of walking. Today the walk through farms was quiet and pretty but completely lacking in cafes or stores. We saw lots of wheat, vineyards, and tomatoes. It was windy and cool but forecast for Thursday is 22c and sunny. Day…
Five Days
Five Days
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Our bodies haven’t kept up with the plan. it took two of these for Kay to recover from the walk. 12 miles today, and we are still in training. I was surprised to walk past a T-38 at a museum. I’ve got about a thousand hours in this type, some of it upside…
A Pilgrim Must Suffer
A Pilgrim Must Suffer
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This is the first Arrow, on the Cathedral Se in Lisbon. Lisbon is beautiful but overrun with tourists. This is the way, only 3 hours today. Perfect weather for walking although Europeans think it is hot at 72 degrees. This albergue is owned by Via…
Camino Portugues
Camino Portugues
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A Pilgrimage starts at your front door. I wrapped up the details of my Texas life over the last few weeks, hit my scallop shell and gear, and pointed myself toward Portugal today. One of the details I wrapped up was a sort of Pilgrimage, walking with my…
Got My Shell On
Got My Shell On
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