As you well know by now, Christina Vandermeulen, Vale da Telha resident and Amovate member is tackling a 250-mile charity walk from Cape St Vincent to Fatima.
Today (Thursday) she has been completing the 13th day of the walk after passing through Lisbon and walking north-east close to the banks of the River Tagus.
Excerpts from Christina’s en-route diary:
Day 10: Lisbon to Vila Franca de Xira where we found a lovely hotel—the Flora. The walk was hard because we started late, we had traffic jams in Lisbon and it was very hot. Today the walk was along the Tejo and there is so much industry here it is not the most pleasant walk; many kilometres of industrial landscape, so I hope tomorrow is better!
Day 11. To Azambuja, which felt like thé end of thé World; sorry, but there was no internet! It was a beautiful walk, very sunny. I did only 19 km, then we went for a good meal and a rest. Nice hotel, the Ouro Hotel by the side of the road, and a good breakfast.
Day 12. I walked through Cartaxo and on to Santarem, covering 19 km in the morning and 10 in the afternoon. Nothing spectacular. But the people are calling out all the time, “Boa viagem”, and even the cars sound their horns. So nice. Even some shops give water and cake for free. Now we are in a 4-star hotel—with a swimming pool! Yes! Yes! Yes! So good for me, and the water was 30 degrees—so nice. The end is near. Tomorrow the road to Pernes.
(After that a night in Minde then the final walk to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima.)
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Christina has opened an account in the name of the Charity at the BPI bank in Aljezur and you can make your donations to the following Account Number:
BIC : BBPIPTPL
IBAN : PT50 0010 0000 3948 2281 5023 3
She has also placed collection boxes at various businesses in and around Vale Da Telha, so please give generously…
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Remember, this is the route Christina has planned:
Christina Vandermeulen—Walking From Cabo de São Vicente to Fatima.
(9am start each day)
Day Lunch Overnight Distance (km)
1: Cabo de São Vicente Vila Do Bispo Carrapateira 24.7
2: Carrapateira Chabouco Vale Da Telha 18.8
3: Vale Da Telha Rogil Odeceixe 21.6
4: Odeceixe Sao Teotonio Odemeira 25.1
5: Odemeira V-Nova Da Milfontes 29.6
6: V-N Milfontes Santiago do Cacém 37.4
7: Santiago do Cacém Melides 22.6
8: Melides Troia 39.0
(Ferry boat to Setubal)
9: Setubal Cacilhas 35.5
(Ferry boat to Caiso do Sodré, Lisbon)
10: Caiso do Sodré (via Parque das Nações) Alverca Do Ribatejo 31.6
11: Alverca Do Ribatejo Azambuja 26.1
12: Azambuja Santarém 26.5
13: Santarém Pernes 21.5
14: Pernes Minde 24.1
15: Minde Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima 13.5
TOTAL Km: 397.6