Canico de Baixo
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[Just a quick post to try to catch up. We may add more info and/or pictures later.]
Wonderful stay at Cepo Verde! We couldn't have had a better host than Marta!
We lucked out in coinciding our stay with the cherry ripening season. And the cherry trees grew everywhere.
... an international natural park with
several overlooks on the Portuguese side (maybe Spanish too) which I hit in the
morning before continuing on to the Alto Douro wine region. The Grand Canyon it
is not, but it’s an impressive gorge even if the river is now dammed at spots
for hydroelectricty and flood control.
Miranda do Douro is another one of those places where I
continued to be ...
... a natural area. I descended into an ancient
town named Chaves, actually quite modern overall as most towns in Portugal are,
but you know it’s very old because of its 14-arch Roman bridge over the Tamega
River. The town has a cute medieval center with a castle watch tower too.
Heading eastward towards Breganca I took a detour into a
remote area in the Parque Natural de Montesinho near the Spanish border. It’s a
very traditional area of old ...
... of bitumen. I felt I was running along but clearly not so, so I feel like a damned crutch on my buddy right now. He refuses to go ahead and wait for me at the digs so I put pressure on myself to keep up and he seems to go about 200m and waits for me for ages to catch up. So either he's cracking along at 8km/hr (don't think so) or I'm incapable of doing more than 3km/hr on easy flat surfaces - which I refuse to believe - I know my pace! Ready to toss it in! Love the ...
... 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.