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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A sunny morning and a wet afternoon


This is us - me, Jean, Carolyn and Neil outside the Baiona Bahia Hotel at 8.35 am when our walk was about to begin.  The day started off sunny and dry and full of energy and promise.  Note we are all wearing Camino shells (or 'scallops') which were served with our lunch in a nearby restaurant yesterday.  Neil chiselled holes in each and attached string for us.
In Baiona is this 12th century bridge.  
Before too long, we encountered the ubiquitous Camino arrows.
The arrows appear about every 100 metres or so.  
They're mostly arrows, but the scallop is also a sign..
Along the way, these little constructions appear.  Two English ladies who'd walked from Porto said they were used by locals to dry out corn on the kob.
Here, a heavy boulder has been used to put stress on wire used for a mini-vineyard.  Vineyards are maintained by ordinary folk with not very large properties.
Moss-covered rocks, stone walls and a variety of other things were to be seen....
....such as this curious looking thing..
The sunny morning gave way to a wet afternoon.  When it rained, I-pads went hurriedly into water-proof bags, rain-resistant jackets emerged quickly and on we continued.  This is Neil under the umbrella, looming over him like a satellite dish.
Neil and Carolyn enjoyed using - and needed for support - their poles.  On the Camino, many people use poles to aid their walking, while others see them as a hindrance.  Jean and I fit into the latter category.
This summed up our afternoon - wet.



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