- June 12th, 2014
- Azambuja: Flor da Primavera, (€20 for a private room)
- Weather: Scorching, 34 degrees
I only had a 20km day today so I slept in after a hard day yesterday, but that wasn’t the smartest idea… It was already hot!
I left the pension at 7:30am and stopped by a Pastelaria for a custard tart and coffee before following the camino along a busy road and across a large roundabout. As the guidebook puts it, “Here we take a leap of faith over to the far side of the roundabout.” He wasn’t kidding!
Today’s walk was again very industrial, along busy roads with no footpath, through tunnels, past power plants, and railway lines… Is this the reason only 977 pilgrims walked from Lisbon to Santiago last year, compared to 7,641 from Porto?
I forgot to mention yesterday that the region I’m currently walking through is famous for breeding fighting bulls and many towns have their own running of the bulls festivals. The town I stayed in last night (Vilafranca de Xira) has their festival in July and the town I’m staying in tonight (Azambuja) had their festival 2 weeks ago. The wooden gates are still propped up around the town protecting the shop fronts because the bulls run down the Main Street attacking anyone who gets in their way.
I was glad to arrive at my accommodation, Flor da Primavera, (€20 for a private room) by 1pm as it was too hot to be walking and the paths don’t afford any shade. I’d forgotten about the aches and pains that come with walking and how debilitating walking in such hot weather could be. It was quite a chore to muster the strength to shower and wash my clothes when I arrived as all I wanted to do was lie down and sleep!
I’m contemplating leaving the pension at 4:30am and walking in the dark for an hour or so rather than walking in the afternoon sun. I do wish I wasn’t superstitious though, it’s Friday the 13th tomorrow 😦