Date: 17 April 2018
Walked from: Grijó
Walked to: Porto
Distance: 16.5 km
A couple of days after I started this walk, I looked at the map to see how far I had until I got to Porto – and it looked like it was still an awfully long way away. Now I’m here, and ‘only’ have 250 km or so to walk. That sounds quite a lot but is considerably less than the 380 km I have already covered to get here. I’m going to sleep tonight not sure which of the two route options I’ll take out of the city (along the coast or through the centre), or how long I’m going to take to walk to Santiago. But this much I know – I’ve met some incredibly interesting people and had some adventures that I’ll remember for the rest of my life in the past two weeks… and that is what makes long distance walking so damn cool.
Today’s hike was short and sweet. I walked in chatting away to Susan, and the kilometres seemed to fly by; we didn’t stop for breakfast, so apart from the apples Susan produced from her bag about 10 km in, we just kept going until we hit the cafes of Porto’s old town – where a celebratory sandwich was clearly in order. Walks into big cities are rarely picturesque, but the section of well preserved Roman Road through the woodland outside of Perozinho was really lovely, and of course the ‘big reveal’ of the view of Porto from the bridge into the city was fabulous.
With so much time on our hands (we arrived in town before 11.30am), I was able to fit in a trip to the laundrette, sort out some errands, and do a river cruise today – as well as have some long chats with interesting people and have a lovely dinner (octopus, nom nom) this evening. Tomorrow is another day, but today was certainly an ace one.