On October 2, 2017 I will be leaving for a third Camino — this time the Portuguese. My old Camino buddy Greg and I will be starting in Porto on October 5 and heading for Santiago where we hope to arrive on October 16. From there, we will walk to Finesterre and return by bus to Santiago before flying home to Sacramento on October 23.
The first two days of our trip will be along the Senda Litoral, which is otherwise known as the “Coastal Route” by some. We will be walking along the ocean for most of the time, stopping at Povoa de Varzim the first night and then walking to Esposende for the second day. From Esposende, we will take a bus to Barcelos and pick up the main route from there, through Tui, Pontevedra, Padron, etc.
We have been having exceedingly hot weather for all of July and August in the Sacramento region with the majority of days being well over 100 degrees. This makes training difficult, but we are trying to do the best we can under the circumstances.
A few months ago, I signed up for notifications from Scott’s Cheap Flights and through this great website, was able to secure airfare via Google Flight Search from Oakland, CA to London for about $500 RT. This is a direct flight with no stopovers both ways. From London we are flying directly to Porto for only $64, so this makes the total cost appreciably less than we had planned. We just have to get back and forth to Oakland, which is not a big problem. Greg’s wife will drive us down there and we will take a train back. Easy enough.
Well, those are the basic logistics. I am really looking forward to this trip, since my longing to be out on the Way never ceases. Can’t wait to see the beautiful hills and forests of Northern Portugal and Galicia, eat the great food and drink the wine of course, but most of all to meeting new fellow pilgrims from all over as we share all this together.
On another subject, the sales of my books, Senior Camino and Walking Notes Camino Frances, have been quite encouraging and the royalties will provide a little spending money for the food and drink I mentioned above. I am humbled and thankful for those who have purchased these items. It is quite gratifying, to say the least.
I will keep you posted on the progress of the new trip and things develop.