Today wasn’t a particularly long day’s walk – 21kms – but it was hot (up to 38C), on cobblestones pretty much the whole way, and hard work.
The heat made it difficult for most of us. Radiating up off the cobblestones, it was enervating.
Before we started, I took some portraits.
This is Antonio.
Antonia is our driver / assistant / our helper / fixer. He is our Caterina. Some of the ladies think he’s good looking. Antonio isn’t just a pretty face. He’s an architect. Taking out time from a high powered internship to do this tour.
This is Merissa. Merissa has allergies, and so she has to walk with a mask.
This is Merissa’s father, Bart. Bart used to be in the US Navy. His specialty was electronics. Bart is handy when we get lost.
He’s out of the Forces now and works for Intel.
Bart and Merissa come from Portland Oregon – one of my favourite parts of the world – and they are a fascinating couple. At the age of 14 Bart pulled a car apart and reconstituted it.
This is Ian leaning on Bart.
Ian works for Air New Zealand and he’s fleet of foot. He’s a solid walker.
Bart and Ian and I walked together today. We were the front mob.
Jennifer had a languid breakfast with the back mob –
I have named them the Laggard Womens Breakfast Club.
Later Jennifer redeemed herself as a true pilgrim by walking into Barcelos –
We had dinner at my favourite grilled chicken joint – the Furna, in Barcelos.
This is one end of the table –
This is the other end of the table –
This is both ends of the table joined together…
This is the staff watching the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City. (The tv in this exposure is blown out, however trust me there’s a footy match being played…)
Real Madrid won.
Meanwhile I was having an interesting conversation with Bart, being an American, about Donald Trump, seeing as how today he became the presumptive Republican party nominee.
This is Donald Trump –