Jan 25, 2013

Distance today = 40.48 km; Total distance = 15,490.20 km; Location = Lourinha – 39 14.689′ N, 09 18.954′ W; Start time = 0932, Finish time = 1557


It was a bleak day weather-wise, but positive in all other regards. The heel still hurts a bit after about 20 km, but it’s not too concerning. As long as it doesn’t get any worse than it currently is, I’ll be very happy.

Once again, there was drizzle all day long, as well as some heavy fog at times. When you’re wet and cold and unable to see more than fifty metres in front of you, it’s hard to enjoy the running. But, as I tell myself, there are many people in the world with a far worse lot than mine at the moment, so I’m not complaining.

I’ve been hugging the coast the past two days, but tomorrow I’ll start heading inland, toward the Spanish border. The terrain has been very hilly, and I’m  not expecting that to change. In fact, it will be pretty hilly for the next few thousand kilometres, so I’d better get used to it.

I discovered that last night’s town, Ericeira, hosts a second tier event on the world professional surfing tour. Surfing has pretty much taken over the town, although it still retains its quaintness and charm. So, if you’re a surfer and you happen to visit Ericeira one time, you should stay at the Hotel Vilazul. Great value, with a decent restaurant attached too, and very nice people.

As you may have noticed, I’ve started with shorter distances than usual, as I build back up to the normal 50 km per day. I should be back there within a few days.