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  • Day9

    First day on the Primitivo.

    September 14 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    I was planning for a 25 km day, but when I saw the sign pointing 3 km downhill to another pre-Romanesque church, San Pedro de Nora, I couldn’t resist. Good thing it was early in the day, or I wouldn’t have gone.The Señora who lives next door has the keys, and she was very happy to let me in, though the real beauty is from the outside. It’s right next to a river, and it’s gorgeous.

    I’ve talked to more people on this first day than I did on all of the days on the Salvador put together. A rough head count is 18 or 19 people! So the Primitivo is crowded. Lots of ups and downs, and I can feel the difference of the three years between this time and last. But it’s beautiful. I met an 80 yo Spaniard this morning, so I’ve got some more years I hope!
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    Caryn

    Ohhh, now I want to walk the Primitivo again. Beautiful first day photos Laurie! San Pedro de Nora is stunning!!

    Vira Walks

    Oh, this really makes my feet itch!

    Kathy Vance

    Exquisite!!!

    Nuala Wanders

    Thanks for taking the time to share your photos and updates - I love checking in each morning. Itchy feet for me too!

     
  • Oct4

    Pola de Lena To Oviedo

    October 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    San Salvador Camino Completed!

    The last day of the Camino, and one of the most broootal.

    We were eager to finish off today, so we decided to walk the 34 kilometres to Oviedo. Juan was so eager he woke at 5:00am to get going. I did’t leave until 7:00.

    The first stretch to the town of Mieres, was pretty easy going along pedestrian walkways. I arrived there at 10:00. I thought the rest of the day would be a breeze.

    There are two hills to go up and down to Oviedo. The first is not well marked. I ended up going down a muddy trail into the middle of a forest. Totally lost, and because it was also a misty rainy day, I could not see the sun. I ended up using my phone to navigate out. About 5 to 8 wasted kilometers.

    After surviving this, I found flechas again. Now the only thing between me and Oviedo was one more mountain.

    I arrived in Oviedo at around 5:00 that evening. Juan had arrived only 1 hour sooner.

    After finding a hostel, we went out to drink the local cider to celebrate the end of the San Salvador Camino.

    Tomorrow I will receive my compestela document!
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    Mary-Anne McLaughlin

    Congratulations, Terry! Thank God you found your way out of that forest before nightfall.

    10/5/19Reply
    Chalks Camino del Norte

    Congratulations on finishing!

    10/5/19Reply
    Debra Burgess

    glad all those 'puppies' were leashed! This looks like a broooootal part of your trek

    10/5/19Reply
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  • Day106

    Pola de Siero - Oviedo

    September 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    17 eher öde Kilometer Richtung Oviedo. Dort haben wir für 2 Tage ein Apartment gemietet, um uns gebührend von Tim verabschieden zu können, der uns verlassen muss. Schöne Tage mit viel gutem Essen, Erholung, einem ausgelassenen letzten gemeinsamen Abend und einem traurigen Abschied. Wir sind wirklich zu einer tollen Gruppe zusammengewachsen, obwohl alle so unterschiedlich sind. Jeder lernt von jedem, wir lachen, weinen, reden, singen zusammen. Könnte von mir aus ewig so weitergehen. ;)Read more

    Uta Gebing

    Es ist so schön zu lesen, was du alles erlebst, wie gut es dir geht und wie du das alles meisterst 💪🏼♥️

    9/28/19Reply
    Fußnoten

    Danke. 😘 Ja, es geht mir wirklich richtig gut gerade!

    9/28/19Reply
     
  • Day77

    Oviedo

    June 16 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Oviedo präsentiert sich uns in stralendem Sonnenschein. Nach dem ersten Kaffe mitten in der Altstadt geht Frau Bünzli auf Bikinijagt.
    Zu wenig Stoff, zu bunt, falscher Schnitt,...
    Dabei kann man ja mal das Wetter aus den Augen verlieren.
    Mit dem passenden Bikini in der Tasche flüchten wir ins nächste Restaurant. Das Gewitter ist wohl auch für Spanier nicht alltäglich und lässt die Strassen unter einer weissen Decke verschwinden.
    Zum Glück ist Peti nicht Wasserscheu. Trocken bringt er uns am Abend bis vor die Tore von Gijon, wo wir die tolle Aussicht auf die Stadt geniessen.
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  • Day14

    Not in Kansas anymore

    September 18, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today's KMs - 0 kms (official Camino kms)
    Total KMs - 256.7 KMs
    Total blisters - 7 + same

    Oviedo is big! Definately not what we've been used to over the past week. It has a McDonald's and Starbucks - the first set of junk food we've seen. So much good food, coffee and shopping here with lots of brands we can't get back home (not in Adelaide anyway). Not tempted though considering I'll have to carry any extra weight in my pack for another 350+ kms. The Camino markers here are even more up market - gold shells 😊

    In the end it seems like we made the right decision to take a rest day. I've been icing and elevating my "cankles" with Simon's ice cold beer cans. Beer is so cheap here, from 40 - 65 cents a can, with so much variety. A can of coke costs more than a can of beer! Wasted on me but Simon is making full use of the opportunity.

    Can't wait to start the challenging Camino Primitivo tomorrow. It should be good heading into the mountains. It will be more remote with fewer albergues and limited/ no wifi. I'm mentally ready for the long up and down hills. I just hope my feet will hold up!
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  • Day3

    The challenge

    April 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The first day and it confirms my fears that I’m really not fit enough for this very challenging walk. Still, the countryside is amazing - lush green steep hills and valleys, spring blossom everywhere, stunning views. I’ll persist, although keep the km down. Today I did about 15 and that is enough. One of the weird things on Camino is that I completely lose sight of dates and time. Today for lunch I ordered Asturias Fabada, a rich stew of beans and different meats. Only after I was half way through did I remember it was Good Friday. No wonder everyone was eating fish!Read more

    Robyn Smith

    Take ot easy Jill my take out message is that coffee made in other places is as you said juat an aternative hot drink

    4/20/19Reply
    Laurie Reynolds

    Buen camino, Jill! I think you’ll find lots of ways to break up these stages, and I am sure you will love every minute. Are there lots of others on the camino?

    4/20/19Reply
    Jill Hill

    Laurie, about the right amount of others - my guess is that in a few weeks there will be too many. I’m not having any problem so far finding accommodation every 16km! I am finding the downs much harder than the ups - very slow and hard on the knees, and I’m so tentative.

    4/20/19Reply
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  • Day1

    Ankunft in Oviedo

    March 31, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Was für ein Tag! Nachdem der Wecker heute morgen um 2 Uhr geklingelt hat, wurde es endlich ernst: Fix unter die Dusche, noch einen Kaffee für unterwegs fertig machen, Rucksack greifen und ab nach Wilhelmshaven. Wie nicht anders zu erwarten, wenn man am (schönsten) Ende der Welt wohnt, musste die erste Hälfte des Tages damit draufgehen, überhaupt erstmal zum Flughafen nach Hamburg zu kommen - mit der Bahn. Die zeichnete sich ausnahmsweise, im Gegensatz zum Flug nach Madrid, durch Pünktlichkeit aus.

    Dementsprechend wenig Zeit hatten wir leider auf dem Flughafen in Madrid um unseren Anschluss nach Santander zu kriegen. Von dort ging es dann mit dem Bus in die Innenstadt um das Abenteuer eines spanischen Busbahnhofes entdecken zu dürfen. Denn der einzige Fernbus, der uns nach Oviedo bringen konnte, war ein Premium Reisebus. Ticket 30 Euro, Ledersitze, Fernseher in der Rückenlehne, voll klimatisiert und gratis Kopfhörer! What a time to be alive!

    Und damit schliesse ich den ersten Tag mit unverschämt wenigen Landschaftsbildern ab - die wirkten durch die getönten Scheiben vom Bus nämlich nicht so wirklich. Dafür das abgekämpfte Nach-dem-ankommen-vor-dem-losgehen-Selfie. Und morgen ist dann nach dem Frühstück Schluss mit Luxus. Der Camino wartet - gute Nacht!
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    Pandas im Kiwiland

    Ich dachte deine Reise geht gerade erst los :)

    3/31/18Reply
     
  • Day2

    Scary mountains

    April 18, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    I’ve arrived in Oviedo via the Alvia train from Madrid. Through some mountains that look spectacular - and very steep. Snow on some. My challenge for the next few weeks.
    Staying in the municipal albergue tonight.Read more

    Laurie Reynolds

    I had no idea you were leaving. Lucky you. Did you get a motorcycle? Buen camino and abrazos from Laurie

    4/18/19Reply
    Jill Hill

    Laurie, Ian comes to Europe later. We will bike when I finish walking

    4/19/19Reply
    Lee Tolman

    Good luck Jill! Now in Arzúa, Santiago tomorrow. The Primitivo is to date my favorite Camino but also the most physically challenging. I am glad that I warmed up my legs walking the 320 km from Alicante to Cuenca. I hope you have dry weather!

    4/19/19Reply
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  • Jun24

    Hotels, hostels, albergues...

    June 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Compared to the Camino Frances, the Camino del Norte suffers from a lack of accommodation in terms of pilgrim housing. There simply aren’t many albergues on this route. So this trip we’ve ended up in a wide variety of places overnight. The cost is higher, but we’ve also had private rooms, occasionally with shared bath.

    We’ve been fortunate — some have been pretty basic, but they’ve all been spotlessly clean.

    Here are some pics to give you an idea —
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    Ruchard Marler

    Wonderfully pictures. Really a people to people experience.

    6/26/19Reply
     
  • Day25

    Oviedo memories

    June 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Walking to the bus station I went past the Woody Allen statue and remembered being here with Joe and my parents. This picture is for you dad. 😍

    And now I'm at the bus station waiting for the bus to the airport and remembered when David got off the bus from Cangas here, and we had a grand time together. Love you guys.Read more

    joseph love

    A beautiful city, in which the inhabitants take great pride.

    6/10/17Reply
     

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