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Day 19 – Barcelos to Ponte de Lima

Day 19 – Barcelos to Ponte de Lima – 37km – Observations and Photos Did I say yesterday was long and gruelingly hot? This was worse. It was supposed to be a full 10 degrees hotter than yesterday so we got moving at 530am. Yuck. We hiked in relative comfort for a few hours but […]

Day 18 – Vila da Conde to Barcelos

Day 18 – Vila da Conde to Barcelos – 18mi/29km – Observations and Photos We had another long day ahead of us today with a hot forecast, so we got moving by 630am. We were on the “Coastal Way” yesterday, which is supposedly the best path out of Porto, and we planned to cross over […]

Day 16 – Porto to Vila do Conde

Day 16 – Porto to Vila do Conde – 23mi/37km Nilanj will take over writing duties and I will be doing some daily observations now. After an early 600am wakeup, I joined David as well as Finn and Lis – the folks he’s been walking with since Lisbon. Our route today was the “Senda Litoral” […]

Day 15 – Grijo to Porto

Day 15 – Grijo to Porto – 18km/11.1 miles After two full weeks of pounding mostly pavement I’ve arrived in Porto! The entrance into the city rivals any that I’ve seen as you cross the Luís I Bridge into the city. It was designed by a student of Eiffel and you can definitely see his […]

Day 14 – São João da Madeira to Grijo

Day 14 – São João da Madeira to Grijo – 21.5km/13.3 miles Two weeks now complete! A lot of the guides tell you that this stage is about 18km but we found it was clearly more. I’m not sure where they are pulling their numbers from sometimes! Today’s walk was one that has been all […]

Day 13 – Albergeria a Velha to São João da Madeira

Day 13 – Albergeria a Velha to São João da Madeira – 32km/20 miles Today was the last of the long days and it may have been the hardest of the bunch. It also meant going over 100km in three days! During the first week something like that is nearly impossible, but since we’re at […]

Day 12 – Sernadelo to Albergeria a Velha

Day 12 – Sernadelo to Albergeria a Velha – 44km/27.5 miles This turned into a monster of a day that was neither scenic nor easy. It’s the farthest I’ve ever walked in a single day, and the body is definitely feeling it. It did serve an important purpose allowing us to cut out an entire […]

Day 11 – Coimbra to Sernadelo

Day 11 – Coimbra to Sernadelo – 25km/15.5 miles When leaving a big a city on foot that usually means a lot of pavement walking in not so pretty areas. Today was a day like that for the first half before giving way to smaller roads through villages. From there it was some highway walking […]

Day 10 – Cernache to Coimbra

Day 10 – Cernache to Coimbra – 12km/7.45 miles Today was a pseudo rest day to allow time to explore Coimbra since we arrived around 10am. It also allows us to get on a good schedule to reach Porto on Saturday afternoon as well. Even though the walk was short, it definitely had a lot […]

Day 9 – Alvorge to Cernache

Day 9 – Alvorge to Cernache – 26km/16.1 miles Today was finally a shorter day which allowed me to arrive in town earlier than the last few days. The difference between 1pm and 4pm is quite a bit when you take into account the daily routine of cleaning yourself, clothes and figuring out food that […]

Day 8 – Alvaiãzere to Alvorge

Day 8 – Alvaiãzere to Alvorge – 28km/17.4 miles Today was another good day of varied landscapes and physical challenges. Since we stayed a little outside the main town last night we had to make up that distance in the morning. That meant a great opportunity for morning coffee and breakfast! After that we set […]

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