T3: E2 – Sacavém / Alverca
First of all, I have to apologize for having forgotten to mention a remarkable event yesterday: the (fantastic) lunch offered, in Parque das Nações, by the younger generations, to Caminhante for his 68 years!!!
Having made this important caveat, let's get to today. Having overcome the dynamics of train tickets, we went to Sacavém where we had stayed yesterday – and we were very well received, with cyclists wishing us a good walk and a GNR ordering a stop for traffic to cross the road.
For 7 kilometres, we follow the left bank of the Trancão River, once one of our most polluted rivers, but which now, as a result of a change in mentalities and the “Expo98 effect”, is full of life.
Suffice it to say that, according to our specialists, 53 species of birds were sighted, including black ibis, mallard ducks, snipes, wild nightingales, black kites, etc. etc… we even witnessed several white-tailed parakeets teasing a round-winged eagle.
Here on land, on the route, there were countless cyclists, some more rested who greeted us in person, others only had the courage to shake their heads. But what matters is that people move!
At the entrance to Granja de Alpriate, it's a good thing we followed the signs (and not the apps) as we had the opportunity to see a high competition center for racing pigeons and stop at a nice café.
But I can't resist transcribing what I couldn't photograph. It was a notice that said: “Attention: From Monday to Saturday, we do not have leatherettes between 12:14 and XNUMX:XNUMX”.
Continuing to walk, a few kilometers after curves and crossings, we arrived at the fishermen's beach, in Póvoa de Santa Iria, where we ate some good toast.
Afterwards, it was just a matter of following (more) some walkways in the middle of the Tagus marshes until you reached Alverca, right next to the Air Museum.
And it was 20 kilometers today…
Read the other episodes of Season 3 of The Walker saga:
Episode 1 - Next to the Lisbon Cathedral, Season 3 of the Walker saga begins