It’s such a pity you are cycling now, I plan to start on 4th October. I’ll be keen to follow your adventure. I’m cycling to Porto, aim to follow the walking path, but not religious about it. While I don’t mind tarmac, I do mind lorries! And will avoid by using lesser roads where I can. My husband Brett was to accompany me, but he’s gone and broken his arm. So I’m on my own. Any tips would be very helpfu.
I had initially planned to ride EASY and enjoy the trip. I had planned for a max of 50k per day. I stuck to the first 4 stops of my plan....Ville FDX, Valada, Azinhaga, Tomar. I followed the WisePilgrim route for the most part.
When I learned of the impending storm while at Tomar, my future plans fell through, as I had a deadline to get to Porto. I knew that I would be stuck for a couple of days at least at perhaps one or two spots due to heavy rains.
My departure Tomar, following the walking route (within the first10k) was horrendous (pic attached) and prompted me to abandon the walking route and take to tarmac. I put in about 80k that day, doubling my planned daily distance and increased my target distances for following days.
That was followed by 2 days of 60k each, all on tarmac. True to predictions the incessant rain kept me indoors for 2 nights about 15k from Porto. But thankfully I had made up for that delay with the extra distances. With a break in the weather window on my final day, I made it to Porto within my deadline.
So, yes, I did find the walking route upto Tomar easy going; but can't say anything more about the rest of the route as I stuck to tarmac (and cobblestones, yikes!!), for pretty much 90% of it.
I would recommend Casa das Portas in Azinhaga, a lovely place to pull in for the night.
Hope my spiel helps and best of luck with your trip.