My return to the Camino started in grand style, we quickly left the town of Tomar and exchanged the hard pavement for a scenic track through beautiful stands of eucalyptus trees along by the River Nabão.
Then we started to climb to our first stop of the day, the small village of Soianda and Café Balrôa. It was there we realised we are not alone, as pilgrim after pilgrim arrived behind us. It was great to meet other pilgrims from Spain, Australia, England, Ireland and Canada and swop stories. Most of the group didn’t linger as they had a longer walking day planned but with rain forecast throughout the day we were all watching the weather with one eye.
The road gained and lost altitude for much of the day and we got to tread on history in the form of a stretch of ancient Roman Road. You could almost feel it ooze history, ancient and modern pilgrims along with locals have trod this path for centuries.
Throughout the day we made two stops and on both occasions we got lucky as the weather chose these exact moments to turned nasty. We got to wait out the worst of the rain and mostly stayed dry.http://wttw.cmcc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/img_9559.mov
Our final stop for the night was the town of Cortiça where Maria had a warm welcome for us at the Quinta da Cortiça. We had the whole place to ourselves and this newly opened albergue was perfect after another 12 hour day.
It has been a great day. Over 29.6kms (18.4 miles) walked, the new shoes worked a charm and best of all, I keep the dream of completing this adventure alive.