Tic – Sept. 29, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 16 / São João to Grijó
  • Distance: 12.8 miles / Total 233.3 miles
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: ???’ Decent: ???’
  • Weather: 55- 64 degrees, starting in misty rain which turns to steady rain. Blue skies by noon.

I’ve become a tic on a page. Since 2013, the café proprietor keeps a yearly account of the nationality of pilgrims. He’s anxious I mark my tic and shows no concern that water is flooding off me onto the dry floor.

The proprietor, the quintessential bean counter.
My tic makes 11 Americans for 2022. USA is trailing behind 1st place France with 13. Note Alaska with one tic isn’t included in the America division. No log sheet for 2020 and 2021 during COVID pandemic.
“Where everyone knows your name and they’re glad you came.”
After hours walking in the rain, I am utterly happy to be in this place.

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