28 April 2018

Speed Limits are advisory!

As we had only a relatively short distance to walk today, our BBF let us sleep in until 07:00 hrs. The fact that Breakfast was not until 07:30 hrs may also have had an effect on this timing!

The morning was cool, but the sun was up and the sky was blue as we left Agueda. 

The route took us along roads through industrial and commercial areas, until we got right out of town. 

From the opposite direction cane groups of “Fatima “ pilgrims! We greeted all of them as we passed.  

There were fine views to be had over the hills and far away! 

There was a certain amount of up and down to the journey, but we could not hear any complaints 

Yet another old laundry was passed and we wondered how the local women got over the lack social contact since the modern washing machine had come in?

In Spain the water fountains contain sign to indicate whether the water is potable or not. Here in Portugal there are none! 

We were all relieved when we could leave the road and head off into the Bush, but generally these excursions were short lived! 

An ancient bridge led us across the Rio Marnel a tributary to the Rio Vouga which we had to cross on a major road bridge! Dicing with death our BBF calls it!

The shadow heads of our humans can just be seen here as we crossed the Rio Vouga!

Through another village which thankfully took us away from the major road and then we entered another short stretch of woodland. 

Such signs to an Albergue are always welcome even if they are in the middle of nowhere.

As always when entering a town it is a seemingly endless slog though built up areas, with roundabouts and othe traffic hazards to negotiate. Even in the towns and villages the pavement for pedestrians are few and far between. It would appear to us Bears that the various traffic signs which indicate a speed limit are only advisory, as no one observed them, ever!

We actually walked past the Albergue on the other side of the road and had to backtrack 100 meters or so. It did not open until 14:00 hrs and we were two hours too early. So our humans went in search of a bar for an isotonic drink.

We think we will have this room to ourselves with any luck as most pilgrims seem to have walked further on.

Tomorrow promises to be a similar day like today in distances to be traveled, at any rate. Buen Camino! ­čÉ╗

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