We left Porto Friday morning at 8 in good spirits for the well-trodden Senda Litoral route. True enough, there was no difficulty keeping the Rio Douro on our left and we took a coffee & pastel de nata break as we turned the corner north near Matosinhos.
Enjoying the quaint fishing villages and mercado as we progressed north, we saw more Caminho signs but few peregrinos; only nine others the whole day.
I had mild discomfort from some bandaging on a toe but no pain.
We stopped often for snacks and fresh water, and finished in Vila do Conde at a great guest house 30km from Porto. The boardwalk was nearly all the way after Matosinhos.
Sadly, I discovered three newly-destroyed right-foot toes to go with the single toe injury I acquired between Lisbon and Porto. I won’t darken your day with the details, but having four decommissioned toes on one foot, and one being especially nasty, ended my Caminho for now. My wife consoled me though I am incredibly disappointed by so small an injury halting something we had planned and looked forward to all summer.
We enjoyed a nice stay and dinner in Vila do Conde, a small town with an ancient aqueduct.
We’ll tour by train for a week then head home to recover.
We hope to return to Vila do Conde and resume our Caminho some day soon.
Thanks for following and Ultreia to all you peregrinos out there.