Off the beaten path

Sunday afternoon in Esposende was thriving with the locals having fun at the craft show and the marina.

We started on the main route for a bit and enjoyed a morning walk through the woods.

It was an overcast morning and we decided to deviate from the main route to take on the coastal route. How could anyone get lost on the coast, you just follow the coastline!

But, we weren’t so lucky as there were no boardwalks, and going from village to village we ended up bushwhacking through the forest, and of course there were no markers! We had to rely on instinct and google world maps, but even the paths that were on the GPS would vanish after a while. We ended up having to turn back few times. Walking on the sand dunes, the main goal was to keep moving north to the confluence of the ocean with the river where we would catch a ferry. What a fun day. To top it all off, we finally had some rain (although not in the days forecast).

It was an exhausting day because we had not planned on those extra km. Overall we had a wonderful day of surprises!

We came across welcoming posts that worked like sand cairns!

We are talking a rest day today in Viana do Castelo and will enjoy this beautiful town.

5 thoughts on “Off the beaten path

  1. Sam Jiwani

    Vanishing paths (even Google was not as reliable?) and walking on the sand dunes can be rough/tiresome. One time, I walked only couple of blocks (there is no such thing as “block” on sand dunes), and I was tired. Good that you guys are taking a well deserved break.

  2. Amy Bertorelli

    Looks like a great adventure. Yes, I would stay near the coast given a choice…so beautiful. We are still in Paris. Spent a few days in London and off to Normandy tomorrow for a couple of days.Taking the train…

  3. Carla pai

    Enayet , what was that strange plant with what looked like s string of snails ??
    I love your beautiful flower pictures
    Burn camino my friends


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