- Year of past OR future Camino
- Camino Portugues (2020)
I had an unpleasant encounter yesterday morning while walking from Barcelos to Casa da Fernanda. It took place between Vila Boa and Lijó, at the place where the path goes toward the forest after crossing the railroad tracks. A man emerged from the forest and sat on the stone marker with the yellow arrow indicating that the path turns to the left. As I approached, he stood up, revealing that he was not wearing pants, and waved his junk in my direction. I kept walking steadily without reacting, so he grabbed himself and jiggled furiously while running backward in front of me (a rather impressive feat of athleticism, I guess). I kept my head down to avoid looking at him and continued walking, and finally he turned around and ran forward down the path. I waited a bit for him to get away, and then continued forward. As I rounded a curve, I saw him again ahead of me, this time with his pants on. I stopped again; he waited for me a few minutes, and then disappeared into the fog. After I was sure he was gone, I continued into Lijó and stopped at the Cafe Arantes, where I told the waitress what had happened and asked to speak to the police. The waitress told the cafe owner, who called the police for me, and I eventually made a formal report, but it was almost certainly too late to catch the man. Both the police and the cafe owner are on the lookout now, so hopefully there will be no further incidents, but I urge solo peregrinas to be cautious in this area.