Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes (Alto da Portela Grande)

It was a positively glorious day. I set off this morning with Bill, his lovely wife, Jen and Steve.

Shortly after we began trekking through a beautiful path, we encountered a patch that was flooded.

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I love my Salomon boots, my feet remained dry even though I tred through the water. On the other side of the water we came upon Marie wringing out her socks. Obviously she didn’t have Salomon boots.

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Onwards we tread, stopping to take photos and generally just having a grand old time bantering back and forth.

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Bill

The scenery was unbelievable today, mostly all natural paths.

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And then we came upon the climb up to Alto de Portela Grande.  We all stopped at a cafe at the foot of the mountain, had a drink and a snack. We all purchased sandwiches to go along with us up the mountain.

Bill, Steve and I went ahead while Jen and Marie followed behind. The climb was steep and in parts we found ourselves rock scrambling.

The climb reminded me of O Cebreiro on the Camino Frances.  But this time I tackled it with a gusto that even amazed me. I felt incredibly strong today and even as I write this blog I still feel strong and I am positively looking forward to tomorrow when we will walk into Spain.

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9 responses to “Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes (Alto da Portela Grande)

  1. Proud of you Arlene! Nasty having to trudge through water! Scenery is gorgeous!
    Lynda

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  2. That’s a good thing to feel strong and having a positively look: it helps you to go ahead 😉

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  3. It sounds like so much fun. Which Salmon boots? I have Salmon Elios which I LOVE so much that I got a second pair. However, the first ones were not truly waterproof. Haven’t really tested the new ones in the wet. I decided comfort was the only criteria. I hope your beautiful weather continues!

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  4. I didn’t notice the pesky auto correct for Salomon!

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  5. So glad to hear that you are going strong! The photos are beautiful! Carry on with that spring in your step! Julie

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  6. Ah, what wonderful landscapes you were walking through and glad to hear you negotiated THAT hill so well. Loved the photo of Steve and Bill doing so! Good to know you’re still going strong and stronger 🙂 Britta

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  7. Nancy Martinez

    Looks absolutely gorgeous. Cannot wait to hear about Spain. Nancy

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  8. What absolutely beautiful photos of land and strong, amazing people!

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