Christina Vandermeulen, Vale da Telha resident and Amovate member is now today (Monday) completing the 10th day of her 250-mile charity walk from Cape St Vincent to Fatima.

Christina has now left Lisbon and is well on her way to Fatima to complete her 250–mile journey which began at Cape St Vincent on April 18th.

She crossed the River Tagus yesterday—by ferry, not walking on water, although we wouldn’t put it past her!—and spent the night at an Ibis hotel before leaving the capital from The Parque das Nacoes (The Nations Park), site of the Expo’98 World Exhibition, to continue north.


Excerpts from Christina’s en-route diary:

Day 5 Vila Nova da Milfontes to Porto Covo (20km) then onto Sines (another 10).
The day started well but then we found a farmer had planted thousands of olive trees all over the track. The track was gone, so I crossed over the land for more than an hour, but then on the other side everything was blocked so I had to climb over various obstacles. Quite an adventure—Hi! Hi! Then I had a surprise when Vicky and George and friends arrived to walk with me for a while. And for dinner Fran and Peter joined us. Thanks, everybody. So, tomorrow a day off!

Day 7, after a day’s rest, we started in Vila Nova, cloudy but OK. A woodpecker followed me for a little time and a koekoek. There were lots of pine trees, a lot, a lot. We stopped at 16.00 after 26 km, in a nice place on the Costa Azul; Brejos Da Carregueira de Cima. I had a shower and a good meal, 7.50€ all included, even the chocolate mousse! Then a nice foot massage from Leo. And tomorrow I walk 22km then we are in Troia, ready to take ferry boat. Night, night.

April 25 Day 8 Another beautiful day, we left the ferry boat in Setubal and found a hotel in Azeitona, for only 50€ breakfast included. Day 8 was long, long, long! Nothing exciting happened, but it must be done.

Day 9 we had a good night in a beautiful hotel, and it was raining the whole night. But I was happy, and there was nice cloudy weather for walking, the smell of the countryside was so nice. It was a long day all on the same N10, from Setubal to Cacilhas and then we arrived in Lisbon looking for a hotel for a good night’s rest before I resumed the walk at Parque das Nacoes

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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:

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

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