There's a reason for everything. We might not accept these reasons as these come by but we'll eventually look behind and figure it out and things will all make sense.
There's a reason why I haven't logged this cache. The previous log was a pre-approved prank following the excellent weekend we all took part of, but there have been too many images, too many words, too many feelings and entirely too many information since the minute I laid a foot on those tracks until now - and it's a cumbersome job to put it all on one log. Splitting a log into 3 or 4 parts wouldn't help as these are random quips of memorabilia, factoids, private jokes, sights and sounds and I wouldn't be able to put them all together in a fashionable and timely way.
I still remember a few. The first is about how the meme "Manel, só isto?" started up. As we all signed the log, the words came out of my mouth naturally. I was in pain but I was ready to walk on for another 20+Km. Because there are challenges worth the pain. Just because.
There's another about all other caches (well, some) will look ridiculously small and useless compared to this. I'm ashamed of some of my caches right now. I could have done them so much better, so much harder, so much different. Raising standards. That's what this is all about. I laugh hysterically at those chewing gum containers hidden in highway rails stuck with neodymium magnets. I laugh at drive-in caches. I laugh at those damn city nanocaches. I laugh at those stupid puzzle caches that take me more time in front of a computer than actually trying to find them on the field. YOU ALL SUCK. GO GET SOME FRESH AIR!
But back to the start.
It all begins with a challenge. A challenge to gather a dozen friends and drag them down over here in search of this quest. I've lost focus on things a while ago and I'll have to give it all to my buddy Sérgio for handing down the command and for setting things up. We wouldn't have done it without you.
The second honorable mention goes to those missing for a number of reasons. Our thoughts were on you too and as soon as our physical pains wear off, we'll be sure to accept joining you because you all deserve witnessing this for yourselves. You know who you are.
Then comes the remaining 8 adventurers that joined us, thanks for the support, thanks for believing the weather wouldn't stop us, thanks for the great moments over the weekend.
Last but not least, the remaining two, the owners of these two great caches that surprised us and ended up showing at the start and that guided us through the whole 45Km (and much more). You rock.
A few months ago, I made a list of memorable caches that I had to have before I retired - and this was one of those, just by reading the stories on the logs. I put it on watchlist and gradually started getting into the spirit. At some point, I started deleting those logs as soon as they dropped on my mailbox. It was too painful to read without witnessing the thing for myself. For those feeling funny about it, I printed the whole cache page and read all those logs at once as soon as I arrived to Barca d'Alva and had my first decent meal and a bath. I feel every word you wrote. All your pains too.
Thank you all.
Logged from my phone using the Geocache Navigator by Trimble