The mornings have begun with a pretty dense fog in the early AM. Burns off by 11:00. Reminds me of June gloom in San Diego.
I’m taking every beach route possible so pretty much walking through lots of beach towns. They’re getting closer together as I get closer to Porto.
Lots of fishermen, boats, and seafood.
Some of the towns along here have the look and feel of an “Old Florida” beach town. Modest sized, nice homes on decent sized lots next to the ocean. Nice! Esposende (Kris notes) seemed particularly nice.
Some of the beaches are getting a bit more crowded. Lots of tour buses bringing people to this wide open stretch of beach for the day.
The “Hola” smile of the day is me incognito. Well, it could be if I don’t stop walking pretty soon.
They are big fans of the cabanas on the beach. Cabanas are pretty thick in spots. They also use smaller, very portable ones with no roof for wind protection.
I’ve eaten quite a few salads but not seen much lettuce growing. Been wondering where that occurred. Found out today.
The towns are so frequent now that I’m not carrying any water at all anymore. 3 miles is a long stretch between towns.
Póvoa de Varzim is a fairly large city with a wide beachfront. There are lots of small bars in the sand. By lots, I mean somewhere near 100 in a 3 mile stretch. Small, casual. Most tents. Some more permanent structures. My big question…where are all the bathrooms? There is no plumbing in most, if not all, of them. Things that make you go, hmm?
9 mile walk tomorrow and then I’m done. Ready to be finished and get home. Missing my wife and my retired bum life!
Happy trails and buen Camino!