Mountain Goat

I love to run over trails, especially when they take me into the mountains. Come and join me for this 19.6km trail run, including 495m of vertical climb, over the mountain behind Carreço, Portugal, which is located just some 20km from the border with Spain.

At the summit, I came across the source of the Rio Afife, a mountain top reservoir lake. Unlike the wet, cloud covered run the first time I run in the trails here (and of which I have a separate video here), the weather this time around was clear and sunny, and so much better views in all directions, even as far as the Minho River at the border with Spain! The descent was also pretty cool as I got to run through covered forest pathways, as well as some small mountain side villages before reaching sea level again.

The entire loop started and finished at Casa do Sardão, an amazing hostel that caters for Camino Portuguese pilgrims taking the coastal route. I hope you enjoy this run, and that it also inspires you to get out there and do some exploring of this amazing world around us.

Cheers, Jyri


A blazing Joyrise to the horizon soars,

breaking free of Earth’s darkened shores.

Towards the mountains high I climb,

to leave behind all tearful times.

Momentum builds as I speed away,

on in search of brighter days.

Old grows young before my eyes,

as I hum the Song of God’s sweet reprise.

Ride the wind and dare to fly,

spin your wheels and touch the sky.

Tears will fall, but now from joy,

My love for life, I must employ.

To be a man, to do the right thing,

to fight for wisdom, to honour the King.

A poem inspired by a ride under the Portuguese sun with a good friend.


Aya by Jyri Manninen – 24.8.2021

A view to the beyond

your maternal grace gifts,

after daring to let you in.

Hell’s canyon I cross,

under the gaze of your cosmic eye,

angels guiding my way.

Sacred vine of the soul
caresses my heart with threads of light,

as I soar towards the truth.