Undies – Oct. 12, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 29 / Redondela to Pontevedra
  • Distance: 13.7 miles / Total 397.8 miles
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,380’ Decent: 1,345’
  • Weather: 60-77 blue skies

Not conforming to 8:45am daylight, I’m off at 6:00am in the dark. There are always others walking with headlights shining too. Joyously I ran into a UK couple. Their son travels to meet them today. He has new underwear for each parent. They are rapturous over the prospect of this gift. Perhaps I should have had children.

7:00am, pilgrims on the move.
The full moon at dawn.
Like the Lee Child’s fictional character Jack Reacher, they’ll toss their undies in a bin. Perhaps they will travel with only a toothbrush as does Reacher.
Leaf

Flowers – Oct. 11, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 28 / Vigo Baja to Redondela
  • Distance: 9.6 miles / Total 384.1 miles
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 738’ Decent: 766’
  • Weather: 60-78 foggy becoming blue skies

Flowers blooming in mid-October deserve more recognition.

A favorite.
My favorite come in different colors.
A Mefi flower, a purple flower.
A first.
A first gets two photos.

Jonah – Oct. 11, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 28 / Vigo Baja to Redondela
  • Distance: 9.6 miles / Total 384.1 miles
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 738’ Decent: 766’
  • Weather: 60-78 foggy becoming blue skies

As Jonah is swallowed by a fish, I am swallowed by the clouds. What a calming effect a lack of clarity has.

Swallowed by clouds.
Swallowed by clouds.
Swallowed by clouds.
Jonah’s fish?

From a Distance – Oct. 11, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 28 / Vigo Baja to Redondela
  • Distance: 9.6 miles / Total 384.1 miles
  • Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 738’ Decent: 766’
  • Weather: 60-78 foggy becoming blue skies

The most advantageous views of Vigo, a bustling commercial harbor, is from a distance. Fog was suspended between the ocean and sky. The view down was tremendous.

Clouds over water.
Clouds over water.
Clouds over water.
Inspiration from today’s café.

Tap, Tap, Tap – Oct. 10, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 27 / Ramallosa Nigran to Vigo Baja
  • Distance: 13.7 miles / Total 375 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: ?’ Decent: ?’
  • Weather: 60-65 degrees, rain becoming overcast

Tap, tap, tap…the sound is coming from the church. Its door is cracked open so I slipped inside. Restoration is a never finished task.

Iglesia San Salvador
Tap, Tap, Tap
Restoration
Iglesia San Salvador

Both’s Better – Oct. 10, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 27 / Ramallosa Nigran to Vigo Baja
  • Distance: 13.7 miles / Total 375 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: ?’ Decent: ?’
  • Weather: 60-65 degrees, rain becoming overcast

Why have one or the other if you can have both? Start the day in the woods and end on the beach. Merging two routes is a bit dicey. One minute I’m spot-on according to the GPS and minutes later I’m way off base. A local offers gloriously simple redemption, “Just keep walking any street that goes down and you’ll end at the beach.” I pocketed my devise and let gravity lead the way.

In the woods.
On the beach.
Why let a little rain get in you’re way?
By land or by sea, my feet still ache.

Baggage Service – Oct. 8, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 25 / A Guarda to Mougas
  • Distance: 12.9 miles / Total 350.5 miles
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Ascent: 737’ Decent: 772’
  • Weather: 62-72 degrees, clear & sunny

Not wanting to end the day with exhaustion and sore feet, I used a baggage service. It was easy enough to purchasing a $4 zipper cloth bag for the nonessential. I’ve risen to a new standard. Happy feet!

Sweet deal… €6 ($5.85) per transfer.
Pebble Painting.
With a 6:00am start, two people were ahead and four were behind me. Our headlights glowed like fireflies against the black sky.
Coastal Route.
Sadder times.

No GPS – Oct. 7, 2022

  • Distance: 13.2 miles / Total 337.6 miles
  • Portuguese Camino: Day 24 / Vila Nova de to A Guarda, SPAIN
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Ascent: 604’ Decent: 610’
  • Weather: 62-77 degrees, clear & sunny

Few pilgrims use the variant I chose. Hence, it doesn’t warrant GPS tracking. How is it that the simplest of written directions can be so baffling? When all else fails, Google map to the rescue.

Walk by the river.
Collecting pine tree sap.
Love the colors and angles.
A Guarda harbor.
Sun street art.