Yet again sleep eluded me. Got about 3 hours. Today is supposed to be one of the harder ones. It’s longer than most and has quite a bit of uphill – but compared to other hikes it’s fairly tame. 26km/16 miles and 500m/1600ft of up.
It was cold overnight – so cold the woolly hat was needed to keep my ears warm. My Western Mountaineering sleeping bag kept the rest of me toasty.
Had my first good night’s sleep – 9 hours – but did not want to leave my cosy cocoon at 6.30am.
Thigh chafing has eased. Guess the nappy rash cream works. Will be liberally applying it over the next couple of days.
Pleasant enough hike in the morning, along gravelled farm tracks, and down into Aljezur. A Scottish couple (heading south) that I met a couple of days ago said it had a touch of Royston Vasey about it! From my brief encounter with the town I would have to concur – went into a cafe for a coke and was ignored for 10 minutes. Guess they don’t like tourists.
A decent day, but I did learn a couple of lessons.
- Heading south is better! I’m going north due to transport – it was hard to get train/bus to the north end on a Sunday. The good news is that it means the sun is behind me rather than in my face. The bad news is the wind generally comes from the north-west, so that is in my face when near the coast.
- This is not an easy hike for camping. B&Bs, hotels, hostels are better, but need to be planned as good camping spots are very hard to find. I still like the security of carrying my own sleeping arrangements though (despite the weight).