Sunday July 2,2017
OK. That was brutal. This leg of the trail tired us out. It was sunny, 28 C ( 83 F ) with no breeze plus the 22 km ( 14 mile ) turned out to be 32 km ( 20 miles ) of mountain climbing. St James obviously did not believe in taking the shortest and straightest route to a destination.
We met two young traveling companions at breakfast, one was from Australia and the other fellow was from Slovakia. They had walked the coastal Camino route from Porto to Esposende in one day because they couldn’t find accommodations in Vila do Conde. The Australian used to be a nurse and had decided a few years ago to enjoy his life and to travel more when many of his patients ended up dying with the wealth they had accumulated, without doing any of the things they wanted to do, later in life.
Google maps kept telling us that it was only 7 miles to our destination but the trail kept meandering back and forth, which was lengthening our walk. We finally saw the bridge we had to cross when we were 2 miles from our destination.
After a refreshing shower, we opted for a simple picnic dinner in our room.