After some fun days catching up with friends in Santiago we moved on to Porto to walk the Coastal Camino back to Santiago. Today our journey actually began.
This has been a challenging time for Robin and I as we have had to confront some physical issues that have plagued Robin since February when her Uber was hit in Los Angeles by another car. At first it seemed all would be well but later a stubborn back pain emerged that has proven tough to rehabilitate. At this point we were already fully booked for our upcoming Camino so what to do? Robin saw all the docs and followed all the guidance but the pain was in a world of its own. Each day there was some incremental improvement but would the improvement be enough to allow Robin to walk and carry her backpack?
Today the answer was a resounding yes. We left Porto and jumped ahead to a point where we only had about a 14 km walk to Vila do Conde. All went well with our first day walking. I carried some of Robin’s things so her pack weight was manageable and despite a brisk NW’ly headwind we chugged along in good form arriving in Vila do Conde just after 1:00 pm. I have to admit this was some sort of miracle after watching Robin for the past few months gritting her teeth against the pain. So, we are now cautiously optimistic that with a bit of luck and God’s grace we might just inch our way to Santiago once again.
The weather is beautiful, but windy. Tomorrow the winds will kick up even higher, 20-30 gusting to 40 and yes it will be a headwind again. But, we count our blessings and will take things one day at a time. One thing is for sure, when Robin makes up her mind to walk the Camino she damn sure is going to walk it. So that’s our plan, just walk on and hope for the best.
Camino tips. Vila do Conde is a very nice town. We are back again at the Hotel Brazão and recommend it. It is a basic, but very clean hotel with a very nice staff. A restaurant recommendation is the Restaurante Ramon. It is a family run business that we head to for a good meal.
We are now showered, the laundry is strung across our room and so it is time for a stroll around town. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.