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Recent content by Gil A

  1. Gil A

    Older pilgrims - experiences, stories

    Thank you Older guy; I'm on my way to the airport
  2. Gil A

    Porto to Fatima

    One last thing; I think I am going to keep a blog. Nothing there yet but it will be at https://caminoportugues2.blogspot.ca/
  3. Gil A

    Porto to Fatima

    We wear the vests just over our shirts. We walk always on the left of the road so we can see the cars coming towards us so they will see the front of the vest. It does not matter if the back of the vest is covered by the backpack. I think we walked about the same than you two years ago...
  4. Gil A

    Porto to Fatima

    We need short stages because I am old so we started with 15 km or less. There is no question that we had urban walking and road walking but we saw that as part of our Caminho. Very different indeed than the Camino Frances. We used tricks like the first day we walked from the Cathedral, la Se...
  5. Gil A

    Porto to Fatima

    mccopeland: We are starting our pilgrimage on Tomar on Oct 4. You will be a couple of weeks behind us. Two years ago we walked in April and May and it was extremely hot. We went to Fatima on a Sunday and we found a mass outside in the esplanade with thousands of people (it was a few days...
  6. Gil A

    Porto to Fatima

    Thank you mcopleland; 2 years ago we walked from Lisboa, and we found there is a bus from Tomar to Fatima in the morning and one bus from Fatima to Tomar in the afternoon. So we are planning to use that bus. It is a bus that locals use to go to work in Fatima. My problem was Porto to Fatima...
  7. Gil A

    Porto to Fatima

    Of course after I posted the question I finally found the answer; RENEX has lots of buses going to Fatima scolha do Horário Viagem de Ida: Dom, 1-10-2017 PORTO FATIMA Comprar Partida Chegada Viatura Enlaces Serviço 06:00 08:00 50 Rede Expressos 07:15 09:25 53 RENEX 07:15 09:40 11...
  8. Gil A

    Porto to Fatima

    I have spent some time trying to figure out how to get from Porto to Fartima. I'll explain, we flying into Porto. We want to visit the shrine of Our Lady and then take a bus to Tomar and start our pligrimage in Tomar. I just need advice on the best way to get from Porto to Fatima. I know there...
  9. Gil A

    First Camino Advice Please

    Starting in Fatima you have close to 500 Km, if you want to do that in 10 days it is 50Km a day. I would not recommend that even if you are a fast walker. If you start in Porto you have around 240 km, 24 km a day is doable. Think about it.
  10. Gil A

    Older pilgrims - experiences, stories

    I was 71 when I did el Frances, I was feeling competent and capable and it took me 41 days. I am nowhere near as capable as I was 4 years ago. I am amazed, Roamer, at what you are going to accomplish. Take care and buen camino
  11. Gil A

    Older pilgrims - experiences, stories

    We are planning for about 15 Km a day to start. We know that in the past, our bodies got better as the days went by so we may increase the distance as we go. My advantage is that I have Wonder Woman with me and she is a young 66 years old. She always takes good care of her old man. And yes...
  12. Gil A

    Older pilgrims - experiences, stories

    After all this pep talk we are now committed. We bought the tickets. We leave for Porto on the 28th and then train to Fatima to spend a day there and finally a bus trip to Tomar. And then to walk! This time only 500 km to see if the old guys's knee holds. Portugal, here we come! Thanks...
  13. Gil A

    Older pilgrims - experiences, stories

    Thank you all, when I wrote the first entry I was thinking that there would be very few people my age walking. Your encouragement and advice really make a difference. I really had been having doubts at going back but remembering the amazing experience, both spiritual and physical we had...
  14. Gil A

    Older pilgrims - experiences, stories

    Indeed. The first night in Roncesvalles we spent the night in the old albergue. It was completely full and we did not sleep at all. That was the end of albergues for us. Since then we always used private rooms. We decided we cannot sleep with the young ones. Also, we have kept our walks to...
  15. Gil A

    Older pilgrims - experiences, stories

    In our CF we stopped for a morning at Atapuerca to visit the palaeontology site of the oldest European man. While waiting for our tour, I walked into a glass door at the reception centre. The door shattered. I got a bruce in my forhead and a sore knee but after the tour we walked another 20...
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