10/11/12 Fao to Viana do Castelo, 27.5km
Today's walk started out following along the coast then moved inland as I walked the "Costa" route. I found an albergue in Marinhas that wasn't listed anywhere. It looked really nice. It was closed, though. The "Orla Litoral" route looked sketchy so I decided to play it safe and stick to the other route. There was a great stretch through the woods and a river crossing with a stone bridge. I could have stayed there for hours. The rest of the day was a slog through neighborhoods, eventually leading up to the Eiffel bridge. Yep. Designed by the same guy as the Eiffel Tower.
As I was coming off the bridge, a guy on a bicycle offered to take me to the local church where the priests hosted pilgrims. I had my mind set on cleaning my clothes in a washer and dryer at the youth hostel so I declined his offer. I found the hostel, and on check-in asked about the washer and dryer. Sadly, they were out of order. I was pretty tired, so I took a shower, skipped dinner and spent some time chatting with the front desk person at the hostel. She was very kind and I really enjoyed the conversation. Still no pilgrims and as near as I can tell, there weren't a lot of people in the hostel either. I had another 4 bunk room to myself.