Fog Lifts – Sept. 22, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 09 / Cortiça to Ansião
  • Distance: 10.9 miles 😊 / Total 128.2 miles
  • Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Ascent: 557’ Decent: 632’
  • Weather: 83 degrees / sunny

Morning fog lifts revealing wooded hills. I could not resist the first ripe fig spotted. I reach out and the fig drops to my fingers. Heavenly. Fig Newtons never tasted like this.

Fog Lifts.
Wooded hills.
Always Olive trees.
Today’s blossom.

Passing of Time – Sept. 21, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 08 / Tomar to Cortiça
  • Distance: 16.3 miles / Total 117.3 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1, 905’ Decent: 1,299’
  • Weather: 88 degrees / sunny

By 10:00am, September’s sun gets my attention. By noon, I’ve added a long sleeve white shirt to keep off the sun and flies. By 1:00pm, I’m taking frequent breaks in the rare patches of shade. By 2:00pm, I hoping to be checked into my accommodation, to be showered, to have clothes washed, and to have eat my first real meal of the day. At the end of the day, a swimming pool to soak my mummy-wrapped toes is a real bonus.

Quiet streets.
Today’s pool.
Mummy toes. No blisters…yet.
Heavenly.

Randomness – Sept. 21, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 08 / Tomar to Cortiça
  • Distance: 16.3 miles / Total 117.3 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1, 905’ Decent: 1,299’
  • Weather: 88 degrees / sunny

Lisbon’s linear tomato and corn fields are replaced by random planting of olive trees. This haphazard planting brings charm to the orchards. Olive leaves turn and twist silently in the breeze. I strain to listen to the rustling of leaves but it’s absolutely silent.

Olive Trees.
The Olive tree dwarfs my backpack. It reminds me of an old person with a toupee.
Today’s blossoms.

Fátima – Sept. 20, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 07 / Asseiceira to Tomar + Fátima
  • Distance: 7.2 miles / Total 101 miles
  • Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Ascent: 375’ Decent: 492’
  • Weather: 91 degrees / sunny

Fátima and Portugal are synonymous. Following in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, we went to Fátima. In 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children. Three Secrets were revealed to to them. Fátima has become a major pilgrimage center.

Fátima Basilica

Fátima Basilica

Jacinto, Francisco, and Lúcia. Only Lúcia survives flu epidemic that ravished Europe after WWII.
Pope John Paul II visit to Fátima in 2017.

Templar Castle – Sept. 20, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 07 / Asseiceira to Tomar + Fatima
  • Distance: 7.2 miles / Total 101 miles
  • Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Ascent: 375’ Decent: 492’
  • Weather: 91 degrees / sunny

The Templars fought in the crusades and made a fortune. They became suppressed by the Pope. Many were killed by Philip of France on Friday 13th. Survivors fled to Portugal and were given sanctuary by Don Dinis. He rebranded the Templars as the Order of Christ. Their new insignia had a white band which symbolized purity. This satisfied the Vatican.

Templar Castle
Convento do Cristo inside castle.
Templar Castle viewed from hostel.

Rain Drops – Sept. 19, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 06 / Azinhaga to Asseiceira
  • Distance: 16.6 miles / Total 93.8 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Ascent: 651’/ Decent: 430’
  • Weather: 81 degrees / overcast with one 30-minute light rain

As rain drops freshen blooms, I do not complain when I walk in the rain.

Bloom
Blooms
As pretty as blooms.
Bloom’s best, the rose.