Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pilgrimage Report : Running the Caminho Da Fé - Day 2

Day 2 - Approximately 47 Miles

Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down.....

If the first 56 miles of Running the Caminho Da Fé didn't act as a wake-up call to what was on the horizon, Day 2 certainly did.  It was without question a far more difficult day than the first.  The scenery continued to be absolutely amazing, but the mid-day heat and humidity were simply brutal, slowing us down considerably.

There were some longer stretches today where we would be without Lynne, Glauber, Clovis and his wife, and not having them proved to be extremely difficult.  We hit a long stretch of road (SP-215).  Looking back we could see some serious storm clouds.  They were closing in.  You could actually see the rain a good mile or two back on the road, slowly inching its way toward us.  And then.....downpour.....hail.....wind.  Just crazy, drenching rain and hail engulfed us.  It ended just before we got off the road and headed back onto the dirt trails.

We reach a Pousada early in the evening and had thoughts about making that our stopping point for the day.  We hadn't covered as many miles as we hoped for, but the next section of the Caminho Da Fé would be one where our crew vehicle simply could not go, and it was a decent stretch of about 2 hours or so.  Looking back on the decision to press was an excellent one.  The next few hours were spent on muddy (deep) cow pastures, with uneven footing and plenty of cow-patties.  If we had stopped at the Pousada and started Day 3 with this section, we would have surely been miserable.  Getting this part done with on Day 2 was a big lift, and we rewarded ourselves with plenty of beer and pizza.


  1. wow! talk about inclement weather! Way to go. The pictures, especially the first one looks fake! LOL. So picturesque.

  2. Looks like a scene from "Storm Stories" on the Weather Channel. The only thing missing is the tornado, lol!