Baby on Board – Oct. 6, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 23 / Vila Praia de Ancora to Vila Nova de Cerveira
  • Distance: 14.7 miles / Total 324.4 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 681’ Decent: 644’
  • Weather: 62-73 degrees, clear & sunny

Baby on board. Stackable…backpack, baby seat. When mother and baby took the bed beside me, I admit I was less than hospitable. Think about it from the mother’s perspective as she could never set the baby down. No showers or trips to the toilet without infant. Feeding is simple…breast feed. But what about the diapers? I can’t imagine a box of pampers in her backpack. I hadn’t the constitution to ask.

Mom and baby nap after early morning feeding.
Osprey baby- backpack.
Eight month old baby girl. FYI Mother buys Pampers on the Way.

Haunts – Sept. 30, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 17 / Grijó to Porto / Half-way to Santiago
  • Distance: 12.8 miles / Total 244.1 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,158’ Decent: 1,397’
  • Weather: 55- 64 degrees, clear & sunny

Local haunts…

Train Station
Just like Penn Station, NYC. “Meet me under the clock,” said cousin Eddie.
Rio Douro, Porto.
Strolling in the park.

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.

Hold On – Sept. 27, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 14 / Águeda to Albergaria-a-Nova
  • Distance: 13.7 miles / Total 204.8 miles
  • Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,052’ Decent: 724’
  • Weather: 55-75 degrees / sunny, cloudless & breezy. Started the day in my down coat.

Hold on to the morning light. Colors are saturated and the sharpest.

Contrasting colors.
Color reflections.
Colors

Colors becoming warmer.

“Santiago” – Sept. 26, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 13 / Mealhada to Águeda
  • Distance: 16.6 miles / Total 191.1 miles
  • Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,035’ Decent: 1,006’
  • Weather: 55-75 degrees / sunny & breezy…cool enough for SmartWool shirt in the evening

My energy is fast fading when a car pulled over. The driver enthusiastically said, “Santiago!” He handed me a bag with a bottle of cold water and 2 chilled apples. Just what I needed. Just what a dozen other pilgrims needed today and also received.

Águeda
Águeda
Águeda art instillation.

Bits and Pieces – Sept. 26, 2022

  • Portuguese Camino: Day 13 / Mealhada to Águeda
  • Distance: 16.6 miles / Total 191.1 miles
  • Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Ascent: 1,035’ / Decent: 1,006’
  • Weather: 55-75 degrees / sunny & breezy…evening cool enough for SmartWool shirt

When the scenery is dull, bits and pieces become notable. I walk zig-zag to claim patches of shadow. Weaving along provides different perspectives.

Bits
Pieces from other places.
Today’s bloom.

Queen Elizabeth – 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

Today is Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. The world grieves. When asked “When did you walk the Camino?” My reply will be, “The year Queen Elizabeth died.”

Who has not lived during Queen Elizabeth’s life?

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.