Day 15, Porto to Vilarinho, 25.7km

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  • June 25th, 2014
  • Vilarinho: Casa Laura, €10 for a dorm
  • Weather: Perfect for walking, 20 degrees

Joanna and I originally had the 4 bed dorm to ourselves but at midnight and then 2:30am we had two newcomers to the room who seemed oblivious to the fact that we were both trying to sleep. When our alarms went off at 5:30am, it was very difficult to get out of bed.

The way marking out of Porto was absolutely terrific; usually cities aren’t so good for little yellow arrows but leaving Porto we saw them every 20 metres or so.

Today’s walk was mainly along a busy main road, interspersed with an even busier small cobble road (cars and trucks seem to drive much faster on these small roads)! After a few kilometres walking on cobbles my feet were starting to feel the pain – it was like a very uncomfortable sharp massage, pinpointing all the sore spots on my feet.

I arrived at the albergue (Casa Laura, €10 for a dorm) just after midday and slept all afternoon, catching up on the previous 2 nights lack of sleep. It’s a stunning albergue with bunk beds in a separate building in the garden of someone’s house. The garden is enormous with sun loungers and the fridge is stocked with complimentary water, juice, fruit and crackers.

I was expecting to see more pilgrims today because this route is a lot more popular out of Porto but at 9pm I’m the only one in the albergue! More port for me! (When I came back to the albergue after dinner Laura had left out macaroons and port for me, so kind).

Tomorrow night I have a dinner date with Jeanie and Gerry (the Canadians who are cycling). They stayed a few days in Porto so I will catch up to them tomorrow.

My camino family is small but very beautiful.


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