An early start walking in the dark, watching the sun rise, smelling the manure, hay and earth upon the damp morning air heavy with water.
Beautiful views today, walking roads, lanes and trails. Lots of cyclists, it is a national holiday, so plenty of people taking advantage to take a short vacation.
Breakfast snack. Very tasty. My beloved pastel de nata and a lemon and almond croissant
The route today was more rolling hills than actual steep hills to walk. It was also pretty shaded.
Starting so early we were pretty much done by lunch time, only needing to walk about 19 miles today.
We came into Ponte de Lima along the river, there was a market and lots of people because of the holiday. The albergue is on the other side of the river and like yesterday, it is not open when we arrive. Nearly everyone, dumps their backpacks and walks back across the bridge into town.
I love walking under these blue skies.
This was a stop at a cafe in a garage along the route at late morning, there was no real rush. I love these layered almond cakes
Wecome across this lovely Camino sign, you can just read along the bottom Camino de Santiago.
The albergue is on the other side of the bridge, I am walking along the river here in town.
This statue is on the bridge, an image possibly of Saint James as a pilgrim with the wishes for a Good Camino below.
This is the albergue, you can see how every one just left their backpacks in line to hold their place. This is a large albergue, but there are a lot of people, and the hotels are probably full due to the holiday. I walk back to the town and have lunch, what I try to order is finished, but a young couple next to me have the last order and they share it with me, very kind and it was delicious. I return to the albergue and one of the rules of many albergues is you must remove your boots when you enter. Everyone carries flip flops or some other lighter shoe to wear at the end of the day. This albergue had a large boot rack, and it was full when every one had checked in. It was nice as there were no bunks, all individual metal cots, and all co-ed.
After a short rest we walked back into town again for an early dinner. I eat with an Italian woman, and young Italian man, Kirsten and Ulricha. After dinner we explore a little and discover an ince cream shop, so we all indulge. Then on making our way back to the albergue we came across this statue of a bull and I decided to practice my Portuguese bull fighting skills.
The portuguese finish a bull fight by a group of men, running at the bull and bringing him to a standstill. The leader must make sure he lands between the horns. Of course the bull is also running at them at the same time.
As I said, I walked about 19 miles today, so my total walked so far is 334 miles. Tomorrow, the guidebook says we will encounter hills.
We have decided to set off together in the morning and walk as a group.
Our Korean friends also turned up at the Albergue and one of them a silver haired gentleman entertained everyone waiting by doing push ups. You meet some crazy people walking the Camino.
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