Day 4 Moldes – Correco 20km

Helen: Hardest day yet, not only covering difficult terrain but starting to feel the aches and pains of pushing day after day. We left our accommodation in Moldes before sunrise, pushing onto the official Camino de Coasta with headtorches. Shortly, we climbed up up and up to a cathedral. Across cobblestones it was slow going…

Day 3 – Fão to Moldes 17km

Helen: We couldn’t believe it… We slept in over an hour later than expected. It was a foggy morning and still pitch black at 7am so we simply didn’t stir. We quickly got going and made it to Esposende for a coffee break. Today was the first day where we had to take a bit…

Day 2 Vila Chã to Fão – 29km

Helen: We both had an early night and got up early enough to hit the the track just as twilight was beginning. Walking along the coast we were treated to an exception array of colours as the sun rose. From Vila Cha to Vila do Conde was mostly boardwalk, so we made excellent timing with…

Day 1 – Porto to Vila Chã 15km

Helen: We left our accommodation first thing in the morning and headed up to the Cathedral of Porto, the official start of our trip. So early in fact, the sun had not even risen! After a short metro ride we arrived at our actual starting point Matosinhos, where we picked up the coastal Camino trail….

Day 0- Oh Porto we love you

Lisa: A chaotic start at Stanstead, but arriving in Porto has been a blast. After nearly having to pitch a tent in the Information office, we finally found a bed, slowly making our way through steep narrow streets and across a crazy massive bridge to the perfect air b n b overlooking Porto. Super kind…

The international travel begins!

HELEN: The bags are packed and the journey begins. We’re both flying out to Europe a little early so that we can spend time with family in London before starting our trip next Wednesday. I’m flying directly out from Canberra whereas Lisa will go from Sydney. The plan is to regroup on the flight from…

1 week to go….

Lisa:   12 months of preparation and training and now it comes down to 1 week, how did that happen? Feelings of excitement, anticipation, nerves, fear, pure joy to name a few. Backpack is ready to go minus luxurious items such as deodorant and shampoo and appropriatley replaced with more needy essentials like rope, spare tubes…

Exploring Namadgi NP

Helen: Namadgi is one of the easiest national parks to get to from Canberra. In less than an hour of driving you’re well into the park and there are a number of established campgrounds that you can easily car camp. Last weekend I decided to escape the big (little) smoke of Canberra and explore Namadgi….

Three weeks to go

Helen: It’s hard to believe that we’re so close to leaving! With only three weeks to go, training for me has settled into a regular routine of pushing to and from work to rack up the kilometres. I’m living on the north side of the lake, so my route into work includes traversing around the…

Lake Burley Griffin circuit

Helen: I’ve just moved down to Canberra to start a new job and I’m loving exploring. The Lake Burley Griffin circuit is an awesome cycle track that goes right around the lake. A total of 28km, the track follows the lake for the most part but detours on occasion through parks, bays and even farmland….