Today’s route is one that is considered a detour from the original Central route. It was created to take people away from their busier more dangerous highway walking route. Scenery and walking we’re both a big improvement with many of the paths leading through farmland and forest groves of eucalyptus. (The eucalyptus sounds lovely but they are not native and are very invasive, causing many problems. Many environmental problems, add to fire danger, and I noticed is that their root systems are pushing over many of the ancient stone walls.)
I will post a few pictures of farmland and of churches. They may all look the alike after a few dozen. Once again most of the local churches were closed. So I lit a candle at one of the many roadside shrines for all who are on my prayer list. However, in Barcelinhos many were open. I was able to visit and pray in three as I wandered around town
Below are a few of the lovely surprises I encountered on todays route which made me smile. A family offer water for the peregrinos and a rest area with shoe planters and free fruit! Best orange I’ve ever eaten 😎
Some random pilgrim offerings..
Today- 7:45 start arrived 3:30 to find my reservation had been lost and there was no room available. The Italians arrived as I was leaving having had better luck with their reservation. I was sent to a hostel which was more central, next to the River, and was empty. I was the sole occupant for the night! That Tapas restaurant next door was wonderful offering a very different but delicious pilgrims menu. Total for the day 16.9 miles.
Barcelos a 14th century walled city across the river offered some interesting sights. It seems they share the same miracle as in Spain. A roasted rooster coming to life on the dinner table to save a wrongly convicted young man.
I really enjoyed all the flowers and gardens I saw today. Some, especially the Bird of Paradise remind me of Madeira.
Selfies du jour. one of the Italians, Heather presented me with a cutting of Heather from along the paths. Both were soon lost..