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My Camino Portugues - Daily Log

In September 2016, I decided to walk the Camino Portugues from Porto to Santiago, a distance of about 300 km.  It was a great experience, and I dreamed about the Camino every night for 6 weeks afterwards.  I took that as a sign that more Camino was in order.


My son Paul and I began a 6-week training program of twice weekly hikes, starting at 16 km (10 miles) to 32 km (20 miles) in length. We had assumed that our shoes would be broken in and blisters sorted by the end of training. That was not the case - real Camino walking on a wider variety of surfaces, including cobblestones and Roman roads, generated blisters in new places.


We planned for the trip using The Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Portugues by John Brierley (8th edition, 2016). While it provides invaluable information, the directions are not always crystal clear no matter which version of English you speak or understand.


We both had Google Fi smartphones, so weren't worried about phone and web connectivity. I used the Geo Tracker (geo-tracker.org) application as we walked and to generate the map/track photos on these web pages. I found the 30-second update mode to be a bit unreliable; the 1-second mode provided more accurate and complete tracks.


In May 2017, we returned to Portugal to walk the route from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela, a distance of about 405 miles (more than 650 kilometers). Our daily itinerary and log is summarized in the following table:


 Day Location or Route Distance km  Duration hr
 -1 Flights Boston USA - Madrid - Lisboa ==== ====
 0 Lisboa (Lisbon) ==== ====
 1 Lisbon to Santa Iria de Azoia 19 4.5
 2 Santa Iria de Azoia to Vilafranca de Xira 28 7
 3 Vilafranca de Xira to Azambuja 20 5
 4 Azambuja to Santarem 33 9.5
 5 Santarem to Golega 33 9.5
 6 Golega to Tomar 29 8
 7 Tomar  to Alvaiazere 31 9
 8 Alvaiazere to Ansiao 15 3.5
 9 Ansiao to Condeixa a Nova via Conimbriga 29 7.5
 10 Condeixa a Nova to Coimbra 18 5
 11 Coimbra to Mealhada 24 5.5
 12 Mealhada to Agueda 26 6
 13 Agueda to Albergaria a Velha 17 4
 14 Albergeria a Velha to Sao Joao de Madeira 29 7.5
 15 Sao Joao de Maderia to Grijo Monastery 19 4.5
 16 Grijo Monastery to Porto 19 4.5
 17 Porto to Povao de Varzim 30 8
 18 Povoa de Varzim to Esposende 19 4.5
 19 Esposende to VIana do Castelo 27 7
 20 Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora 19 4.6
 21 Vila Praia de Ancora to Oia Monastery 28 6
 22 Oia Monastery to Baiona 17 4
 23 Baiona to VIgo 22 5.5
 24 Vigo to Redondela to Pontevedra  32 8
 25 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis 22 5
 26 Caldas de Reis to Padron 18 4
 27 Padron to Santiago de Compostela 28 6
 28 Santiago de Compostela 651 163
 29 Flights Santiago - Madrid - Boston USA ==== ====

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