Day 4. June 10
Ponte de Lima to Valenca. (Via Rubias)
22 miles / 36 km
Fitbit steps for the day: 37,342
This part of the camino has a reputation for being difficult. No kidding. The path climbed 400 meters (1300 ft.) in just a few kilometers. It was a steep scramble up a rock strewn path and it took me nearly two hours to reach the top. Then, coming down, the path all slippy, slidey–this time through gooey mud and rock.
Being “The Lost Girl”, I managed to get several kilometers beyond my planned stopping point for the day before realizing it. Rather than turn back I decided to continue on to the next albergue, turning an 18 km day into a 36 km day. I soon caught up again with the Dutchman who was limping from of a fall he’d taken on the way up. Then I, too, went down on a rock that left me with a few bruises. It’s hard to recover in slippery mud with a pack on your back. The Dutchman gave me a hand up and we carried on, albeit more cautiously.
This cross was the only flat spot on the entire climb today. It’s my last night in Portugal. I’m just a bridge away from Spain–two countries are separated by a beautiful river. Zzzzzzzz…