It was great catching up with my old walking mate Steve last night, 3 years on and it was like ysterday. Well folks, my nerves settled after 1 hour of walking. We made Mealhada late in the afternoon after a late departure about 9:30. We started from the Church of San Tiago in Coimbra, then headed out past the train station and along the river after some helpful directions from a Policeman. We have seen no other pilgrims. The way marking has been good with the yellow arrows generally frequent, and the blue arrows pointed opposite for the Pilgrimage to Fatima (another project?). We have taken it slowly, with plenty of breaks, but still very sore and aching. I have blisters on both feet. At this stage manageable, and cleaned up and treated. After a couple of cervejas and a shower the world is much better. I think sleep will be welcome tonight.