When we left Tomar, we were in the first cool weather of the trip. It was delightful! We walked along the river to leave town and followed the trail into the woods, along the river still.
|Pretty path alongside a clear flowing river...with a little rain.|
|Finding our way back to the trail. Rain had stopped.|
|Back at the trail, we found a little village, with a tiny bar to have some coffee in.|
|Follow me! We can go for a walk!|
|Lunch in the woodlot. Note the arrow blazened on the tree. There was a spray painted one under our lunch, too, that we found when we cleaned up our mess.|
|More of the many woodlots. Another arrow on a tree.|
|One of the houses in Alviazere, IIRC--pretty building. Windows have horseshoe arches!|
We had a picnic lunch while walking through extensive woodlots planted with eucalyptus trees and pine trees. The guidebook calls this "forest" but if you're used to what the US National Park Service or Forest Service calls a "forest," you won't recognize it. These are croplands planted to fast-growing trees. Most of the trail though them follows unpaved logging roads.
Many of the arrows in the woodlots are on trees. Sometimes the trees with arrows get cut down or burned. It can make finding the correct dirt track a challenge, but the shade is welcome on hot days and the undergrowth softens the view.
We stayed at a new albergue, actually more of a pensao, in Alviazere. The proprietor, Mr. Pinheiro, was very hospitable. He told us that the number of pilgrims he's seeing en route from Lisbon to Santiago--his town being south of Porto, the more common starting point--has been going up every year.