Friday, January 11, 2019

NEW Book! "Cycling South Africa" by Tyler E. Burgess

With stories to tell and a sketchbook diary to share of a solo cycling trip to South Africa by a 67-year-old woman, Tyler takes you on her delightful trip.
Cycling South Africa is the paperback book link.
Enjoy on Kindle here.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago de Compestello, Spain.

So happy to see pilgrims come in that I have met already, and meet a new couple from France.

This was the most beautiful day of walking the entire route.

Everyone else took the boat. But it was a lovely walk,

Finally, the end of my pilgrimage.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

My Pilgrimage in Portugal to Santiago de Compestello

I am way too tired, so tomorrow will be a shorter day and I plan to eat more meat and potatoes for energy!

Ten miles was my short day! Surely tomorrow I will feel better!

It is really lovely along the coast, it is cooler and I feel energetic and cheerful.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bom Día is Good morning in Portugese!

It seems a bit strange how normal it feels to get up about 6 a.m., put on the same clothes I wore yesterday that I hand-washed and hung to dry. In Portugal they nearly flash dry, the warmth, a little breeze and the quick-dry material are the perfect combination. 
Every day is different, with farms, hamlets and villages linked with paths, stone roads, and a little asphalt that wend through olive groves, stands of eucalyptus trees and gardens of beirzo, tomatoes, and cabbage. When I walked from Fátima to Tomar, I followed an acqueduct built by the Knights if the Templar, visited a museum collection of 60,000 matchbooks from 127 countries and enjoyed raucous pasta dinners accompanied by vinho tinto with other pilgrims in the Hostel Tomar. 
Followed by two full days of walking solo, staying on quiet farms or hostels between the main stages where a lot of pilgrims stay, visiting Roman ruins, receiving a gift of a handful of walnuts from a local peasant woman in a dress, headscarf and wellies and discovering what is around the corner! 

My sketchbook diary, note the heat!

Got lucky to stay with Nuno!

Beautiful village where we watched boys showing off on their bicycles in the main intersection. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Walking from Alhandra to Valada, Portugal.

Another beautiful day of walking through flat farmland. Thankfully there is occasional shade from the huge reeds that border the road. But otherwise I pull out my umbrella and it is like walking under a tree. It is great. The farmers harvest vast fields of tomatoes with machines, dropping a few along side the road where they are well smashed. 
I had the greatest experience in a small casa, I was the only one there and my handsome host practiced his Fado guitar, fixed me dinner and breakfast . I was the only one there. It has been two and a half days since I have met another pilgrim and that was a couple from Russia.
Walking alone all day I meet myself. It is not that boring.

First light along the Rio Tejo. On the pedestrian path.

Ponds and water flowers of some sort.

Mural of a pilgrim along the path.

Nuno, my gracious host in Casal des Areias in Valada.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Walking to Alhandra, Portugal.

Watch carefully for the pilgrim signs, as I do not have a guidebook, but an online app that needs internet. Thankfully, I find a Vodafone store en route and buy a SIM card for internet.
Still, the signs must be carefully followed as there are twists and turns leaving Lisbon.
Right away I met two pilgrims, a couple from Russia, Natalia and Ingrid. But they stayed at the first albergue and I went on, so I may not see them again. 
After leaving the city, it is totally flat, continuing on into farmland with dirt path and roads. Along the river are boardwalks through the wetlands and parks. Lovely.

I spent the night at a fire station offering a mattress on the floor of a large room, clean and I had it all to myself. It was on a donation basis. There was really no place else to stay, so I was grateful.

The town square was lovely. In Alhandra.