Two and ½ years ago our friends Bill Boyle and Karen Lewis invited us to join them on the Camino del Norte to walk from San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela. We gladly accepted their offer and then due to Covid they decided to bow out and we walked part of that Camino by ourselves in September of 2021 until we had to bow out. Early this year they informed us that they were going to walk a shorter Camino from Porto Portugal to Santiago de Compostela Spain. We had no plans to ever walk another Camino as Jim has a real struggle to hike up any significant hills. After looking at the altitude profile and distances Jim made the final decision to accompany them on the Caminho Português da Costa. We are flying directly from Boston to Lisbon and Bill and Karen have to fly from Denver CO through Newark. They arrived in Lisbon around 8am and checked into our Airbnb for a quick nap before we arrived a couple of hours later.
Bill and Jim were high school classmates starting their Sophomore year. They then attended the rest of high school, parts of college and all of medical school together, rooming together for the first year of medical school. There has been 50 years and a lot of separation since graduating medical school but after Bill finally married for the first time at age 49 and somewhat settled down they have become close again. Karen and Bill will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on this Camino, October 3.
This is the end of our Lisbon/Porto time. Tomorrow morning we start our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.