GR11 Walking Carrapateira to Arrafana on lifeday 25,432

Before I start this post it has to be said I’ve consumed rather a lot of alcohol this evening 🙁 and Sally is currently sleeping it off 🙁

 Carrapateiramar Guest House

ç courtyard, our room was just behind Sally

We left  the Carrapateiramar Guest House at 8,30 with no breakfast on a lovely still morning the walk started with a climb which is how the day continued, a total roller coaster very tough on the legs, I kept thinking how perfect this would be for Nick’s fell running! although it was a sandy track underfoot, After 5km in Bordeira we stopped for breakfast and had a lovely omelette with a custard tart and coffee, perfect 🙂

A hike with a donkey

The route continued with constant undulations some very steep through Eucalyptus woods, curiously silent with no wild life 🙁  we bumped into a German couple with their donkey doing the same walk as us, then a drop to sea level and a climb back up in a rain shower before entering Arrifana and the Arrifana Destination Hostel where we are staying. Later we met the donkey couple in the bar, apparently they rented the donkey from PicoTours, amusingly the donkey knows the route and nudges them if they go wrong 🙂

A tired Sally

The hostel rooms are excellent and the atmosphere is excellent especially meeting the folks you have passed en-route. In the evening we took ourselves of to the superb Artes Bianca pizza place just over 1km away where we had a lovely chat with a couple of Americans one from upstate NY and one who lives in Hong Kong (if you read this please leave a comment)

A great if hard day , Strava says 15,4 miles walked and over 1700ft of climbing.

The pictures should be here (very slow internet here so check back later)