The hidden story behind today is the ascent of the Alto de Portela Grande . I must admit to being worried about what I am about to take my youngest children through.
Team Harrison 💕 6.45 AM
It’s a hot, long , 20 K gradual ascent , 30,000 steps introduction to the Camino – with warnings that after the first 4K there are no places to stop – so stock up with water and provisions before you leave.
The legendary café Nunês an hour out of town – is a good place for second breakfast before the incline really kicks in.
Because of this baptism of fire I have a small surprise waiting for them with this nights accommodation 😀👍
Before that – we pass Frenchmans cross about three hours later also known as the “the Cruz de Muerte” 💀- probably best to move on !!
The alto steepens and the path is rubble and crumbling inclines. Everyone is holding up really well – it’s an interesting walk and the girls seem to skip all the way through it until we reach …………. an astonishing view . The opening of the Portela grande – the view across the rest of Portugués Camino
Our first Beer at Lunch stop 40 mins later -very welcome 👌🍺🙏🎶
Our Quinta for the night is a welcome sight – Lovely low bungalow that you share with other guests – A slightly posher version of the usual Camino hostel at €20 per head!But a just reward for a tremendous effort by the little ones .
it has the surprise in the garden
Our fellow guests Mariaka & Jacob from Holland and retired Joseph from Arizona (Worked as technical director with the great Robin Williams including on Mrs Doubtfire) – are great company and the communal meal in the evening is just fabulous – Menu Pellegrino –at a simple packed local restaurant at the usual €10 per head for three courses including wine! – It’s good to be back!
Last few minutes of day one from our Alburgé