Olive Trees – 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

Olive trees can be so broad they can’t be circled with your arms. The trunks are rough and gnarly. Hollow center trees thrive. Some aged trees look as if the tops have been completely severed; yet, new limbs miraculously sprout bringing life. Trunks and limbs are disproportionate. Olive trees simply defy death. Olives simply taste delicious.

Olive tree orchard.
Broad trunks. Thin upper branches.

Today we purchased 1/4 pound of local olives for less than a dollar.

Plant – 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 30-minutes light rain

Plant figs for yourself, grapes for your children, and olives for your grandchildren…a bit of wisdom from CJ.

Figs for you.

Grapes for your children.

Olives for your grandchildren.

Corn Maze – Sept. 18, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 05 / Santarém to Azinhaga
  • Distance: 16.7 miles / Total 77.2 miles
  • Time: 8 hours Ascent: 434’/ Decent: 713’
  • Weather: 85 degrees / sunny

Surround sound of gunshots popping were heard as we trudge through enormously tall and endless fields of corn. In this maze of corn, only Duncan encounters two beagles and a hunter with rifle in hand. Hopefully it’s not open season for pilgrims.

Even Christian is dwarfed by the corn.
Corn
Butternut squash blossom.

Night Thieves – Sept. 18, 2022

  • Distance: 16.7 miles / Total 77.2 miles
  • Portuguese Camino: Day 05 / Santarém to Azinhaga
  • Time: 8 hours Ascent: 434’/ Decent: 713’
  • Weather: 85 degrees / sunny

Like thieves in the night, we are on the way under moonlight to avoid afternoon sun. GPS Camino Apps take away 95% of the stress from finding the route. It’s like being Hansel and Gretel following a trail of cookie crumbs. It’s being prepared for the 5% when devises fail that counts.

We are not the only early bird pilgrims.
Moonlight gives way to sunlight.
Glow from street lights.
Captured by the sun.

To Each – Sept. 17, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 04 / Azambuja to Santarém
  • Distance: 21.8 miles / Total 60.8 miles
  • Time: 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: ?’/ Decent: ?’
  • Weather: 90 degrees / sunny

To each their own. Some prefer cycling over walking. Some prefer telephoning over silence. But all prefer head-soaking from the city fountain on such a hot afternoon.

Peloton
Reach out and touch if you dare.
Balancing walking the Camino and being a husband.
With the greatest pleasure, I too soaked my entire head under the faucet.

Tomato Fields – Sept. 17, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 04 / Azambuja to Santarém
  • Distance: 21.8 miles / Total 60.8 miles
  • Time: 11 hours 30 minutes Ascent: ?’/ Decent: ?’
  • Weather: 90 degrees / sunny

Tomatoes blanket the ground like endless fields of Easter eggs. The past days of industrial complexes are pleasantly replaced by agriculture.

Carpet of tomatoes.
Fields of tomatoes.
Tomato vines grew resting on them ground. Imagine not staking tomatoes.

Moon Light – Sept. 17, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 04 / Azambuja to Santarém
  • Distance: 21.8 miles / Total 60.8 miles
  • Time: 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: ?’/ Decent: ?’
  • Weather: 90 degrees / sunny

Starting with the moon and Orion over head, we are able to walk a Herculean distance. Since Covid, there are fewer accommodations and those open are not always conveniently located.

Azambuja plaza.
Sunrise. Always so quick.
Morning crickets drown out the tap-tap of walk-in poles.

Trains & Trucks – Sept. 16, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 03 / Azambuju to Azambuja
  • Distance: 12.5 miles / Total 38.7 miles
  • Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Ascent: 227’/ Decent: 199’
  • Weather: 83 degrees / overcast becoming sunny

Train and trucks…only interrupted by one bull is today’s Camino. The bull is not killed in Portugués’ bull fights, rather deftly outmaneuver. Olé!

Trains
Buses
But only one bull.

Pictures de Jour ~ Sept. 15, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 02 / Alpriate to Vila Franca de Xira
  • Distance: 11.7 miles / Total 26.2
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Ascent: 353’ / Decent: 410’
  • Weather: 76 degrees / partly cloudy, one rain sprinkle

Today’s picks….

No electricity scooters for pilgrims.
All that is missing is a Piña Colada.
Blue tile house.
Ever changing sky.
Controlled chaos.