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... to get going. We head for Vidago a small village in the middle of nowhere quite close to the Spanish border. It could have been a really easy journey but I decide to come off the motorway to visit Amarante. We are running along the Douro Valley at this point but the motorway runs along the top of the hills. Amarante is down at river level and the guidebook says it is a pretty little place with an old Roman Bridge. What it didn't mention is that it is now surrounded by a ...
Because of the weather forecast and some travel logistics I’ve decided to make my Alto Douro wine region day two days from now rather than today, but I still have to cross the valley to get to points north. I’ll say more about the Alto Douro when I spend a full day or so in it but have to say how amazed I was by it from my initial impressions. I descended through the vineyards on what seem like impossibly ...
... how right they were - this kitchen rocks! €8 bar bill and €8 bill for food for dinner - winning!
Okay up for the final 13km for the day - 27km day but doing it this way eliminates a 30+km day and then we have two days around 20km which are really rest days because we are in before lunch.
The final leg was a bit of flat and finish with a 5km climb which wasn't all that bad but managed to add 120 floors to Fitbit giving us ...
... and power point control) before getting refreshments! The Albergue is a 16 bedder and they are all double ups or double downs. I usually take the up and buddy takes the down but a double is two bunks shoved together to get more in. I would rather be alongside my buddy than a stranger so we take a double down and hope that not enough people come in to take the bunks above us!
At some Albergue we were at last year my buddy and I got the double up (this was one of the ...
... of relying on the bad excuse of a map that the Budget rental agent gave us along with a wave of the hand for directions. I should have known better, but I was trying not to think about renting a car.
Off we went. Back we came. Off we went again, oops not this direction, wait, not north. Drat. With much effort and more than a little trial and error we got where we were going.
The Douro river is one of the longest rivers of the ...