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... the journey and my life are much better and way more interesting. We have both come to realize that we can't make the journey alone. I sometimes think it would be easier to go alone, having those moments of solitude and silence, freedom to do what you want when you want, eat whatever you want, but would it really be easier? I think being a couple, two in one spirit, is giving each other the space ...
... br> It was such an unexpected/unplanned and magical day and evening - one I will keep warmly in my memories of my Camino.
And to Leslie (& Jeff, who I didn't meet, as for his 63rd birthday he asked to have 10-14 days off to do the Camino to Finisterre - again) - their story inspires me... And I hope to return to spend time in their slice of heaven again some day.
Start: rubiaes, Portugal
End: ~ pacas, portugal
Today was a day of "really!??!!?s.
Got up before it was light to a pouring rainstorm. Really?? Got my rain gear on and off I went!
John Beirley wrote the guidebook I am following on my journey, and the first sentence to describe today's walk includes, "a delightful day". Really John?? Really????
So, most of the day was uphill - some sections were pretty steep. About 2/3 in, I'm thinking, maybe this "hill" everyone was worried about isn't ...
Great nights sleep, even though in a room with 20 people ;). And I felt better than ever this morning even after such a long and difficult day. No soreness, and NO blisters!!!! What a great decision to stay in this town for the day. Ponte de Lima is beautiful. Rainy/overcast this morning, but it cleared up this afternoon - perfect. This morning the town was busy setting up for Feires Novas (starts Thursday) - an annual party that goes on for 24 hours 3 days straight!? They say ...
The sun finally came out today - with a vengeance, and very little shade on Camino in this stretch. But was bound and determined to make it all the way to Ponte de Lima. Left Tamal at 8am and arrived in Ponte de Lima at 6pm. The rough terrain and need for breaks in the shade sure slowed me down. Fitbit shows over 20 miles traveled today. But I made it!! (Sooo happy to see the 1 km sign!). Oh, and a wonderful Portuguese gentleman who stopped from ...