Canico de Baixo
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... with fantastic views of the mountains and valleys as we walked. The weather was fine today which is a treat in this part of the world. O'Cebreiro is infamous in the Camino as many pilgrims have perished here due to the unpredictability of the weather. They say it rains two days out of three. No wonder the dogs we have seen are more than happy being out in the rain. I should say this was in the past, not an issue now.
Saturday 12th April
Salamanca to Perena in the Arribes del Duero National Park.
Heading west from Salamanca we are virtually on the border
of Portugal. The village of Perena has seen better times. I can't even say it
is ramshackled in a picturesque way. The campsite on the edge of the village is
a municipal one and only has a couple of other campers.
It does seem to be hub however ...
... in the last entry, the Douro river valley is where all of the grapes grow to make port wine. Unique types of grapes grow here due to the microclimate and very unique shale soil making it the sole producer of port in the world. The valley is characterized by countless vineyards that cover the landscape and winding roads that climb to the top of the hills from which you can see kilometres down the valley. We stopped along ...
... lived in but even so the devastation spread far into the distance. Another couple of hours down the line we stopped for a bite to eat in the last Spanish town before the border. Another hour and we were taking pictures by the big sign that read PORTUGAL. We both got a bit emotional. We had done what we had set off to do - we had cycled from the very North of France, through Spain and into Portugal. We had clocked just over one thousand miles of cycling so ...
... substituted out less than a minute later. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Unfortunately incidents like that were one of the main things I took away from the game. Just an overwhelming lack of class and sportsmanship. It is also getting more noticeable in bigger leagues like the English Premier League but was really on display that day, whether due to differences in leagues or being there in person and seeing all the behind the play stuff, it’s ...