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Thu May-29 Dr. Kvidera, Cascais, Cabo da Roca, Sintra
[Seattle] Ben saw Dr. Kvideraís in Seattle in the morning, and his diagnosis was that Ben had suffered a third degree separation of his left shoulder : "A shoulder separation is actually a dislocation of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, the joint between the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone)."

Dr. K recommended that Ben let it heal and then do strength and flexibility work to get his shoulder back in shape. [Surgery is recommended only for professional athletes, as there are many risks from surgery, and from studying many patients, it is not clear that the outcome from surgery is any better.]

So, even though Ben cut his trip short and his shoulder is a bit the worse for wear, he didnít suffer any broken bones or concussion, so he was very lucky!
[Portugal] On the last full day of the Backroads trip, we traveled to the coast west of Lisbon. After our morning's bus journey, we stopped for lunch in the beachside town of Cascais. We had our best Portugese dish of the trip for lunch, a lovely fish stew by the beach. After lunch, we hiked along the coast up and down 3.5 hills for approximately 10km. As evidenced by Henry "the Conquerer", we felt rather accomplished after we ascended those rocky hills. Our destination was Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in mainland Europe. As exciting as it was to look westward and imagine what might be on the other side, the wind was cold and we were rather thirsty so we adjourned for celebratory beers. Our home for the night was Palacio de Seteais in Sintra.

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