Camino de Santiago Portugues Day 12

Bill and I opted out today. Severe thunderstorms and an inch of rain was predicted as well as the steepest climb of the Camino. This equals mud and running water under foot.

It poured throughout the night and was raining when we started out. 250 yards later  – the puddles were turning into mini lakes (fun for passing cars) – our shoes were already sopping wet. 

We had already discussed our options over breakfast. Our egos wanted to walk but our worry for the other wanted to put that person in a taxi.

It minutes we ate ego soup – bailed on our amigos and headed for a taxi stand.

Our destination doesn’t qualify to be called a town. The Alburgue doesn’t open until 1 and there are no nearby restaurants. We fortunately found a old coffee bar with basic groceries shelved behind a counter – without heat or lights and it’s 55 degrees. 

We planted ourselves at a table much to the chagrin of the mother in charge. The daughter yelled something to her in Portugues that I assume was “get over it – let them sit”. 

* Darrell, Roxanne and Chappy walked 11.2 miles today and looked like drowned rats when they showed up. All of them had smiles on theirs faces and had nothing but positive comments – no regrets! 

Roxanne did take an hour long bath and used 1,000 gallons of hot water but it was well deserved!

Cheers to TSB!

 


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About Paige Shaw

Bitten by the wanderlust bug years ago - I have become an eyewitness to and documenter of the world’s divergent cultures (92 countries and counting). Photographing vistas that take my breath away, extraordinary architecture and connecting with everyday people doing everyday things. I am constantly reminded that a smile is the same in any language, that making a connection with something so simple is beautiful. Watching my photography transform from using a point and shoot in the old days to the new love of my life - the incredible Sony a7rii mirrorless camera - has inspired me to do more, take chances and seek out the unknown. I’m also a wife, mother, yogi, pilgrim, burner, skier, scuba diver and gypsy. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

8 thoughts on “Camino de Santiago Portugues Day 12

  1. Kim Chapman

    Dedication and determination and well deserved hot bath and drinks in the end… Cheers to you!!!

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  2. Cathy and Kevy

    There’s an old Portuguese saying: 11.2 miles of cold, hard rain equals 1000-gallon hot water bath…you are all “walk-stars” in the end and deserve the wine, the table, the taxi and our admiration:) Big Hugs!
    xoxo

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  3. flightmac

    Again, my post doesn’t show up, so I am writing it again, and paraphrasing, just in case…
    There’s an old Portuguese saying: 11.2 miles of cold, hard rain equals a 1000-gallon hot water bath…in the end, you are all “walk-stars” deserving of the wine, the taxi, the coffee bar, and our admiration! Big Hugs all the way around! xoxo Cathy and Kevy

    Reply

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