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  1. Damien Reynolds

    Camino Frances in November?

    Hi friends. Been awhile. But I always come back. So let's just say I now have a lot of time on my hands. Thinking about an impromptu camino in November. I'll fly out to Madrid, train to Leon, walk from there. Its a path I've followed many times so not worried about how do deal with the walk /...
  2. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    Day 3 - Espina to Campiello- Nice restful walk. Ended up staying at Casa Herminia which was very clean, had a washer and dryer, and had a complete store and a relatively good Pilgrim’s menu. Day 4 - Campiello to Berducedo via Hospital Route - walking in the mountains in the rain is always a...
  3. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    Ok. Day 2- Grado to Espina - My GPS reports 29.3 km. I didn’t feel all that well this afternoon so I decided against staying at Bodenaya and instead am staying at Bar Dakar Pension in Espina. (I am afraid I have made the transition to “hoteligrino”) The walk was my favorite so far as peregrino...
  4. Damien Reynolds

    Silly me, wanting to fall in love on the Camino

    Yah I’m done with the play by play. You guys will just have to wait for the recap...
  5. Damien Reynolds

    Silly me, wanting to fall in love on the Camino

    UPDATE; Day 1 - Camino Primitivo 28km - Nice not so insane stage today, leaving Oviedo and heading to Grado. I actually decided to add an extra 5k to the trip by leaving Oviedo in the wrong direction but that’s just me being dumb and another story. Anyways, it was a steady stream of ascents and...
  6. Damien Reynolds

    An attempt at a secular Grand Camino Theory of Everything

    I like the people I meet. Like minded, adventuresome seekers. Oh and I lose whatever weight I’ve gained since the last time out.
  7. Damien Reynolds

    Feedback on Primitivo Stages

    Taking notes... so far I got Grado and Boden... :)
  8. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    Different schools of thought on that one. Mine are GTX, others say that once they are soaked through they are harder to dry out. Not sure it really matters.
  9. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    I’m in Oviedo. Gonna do a standard Camino Primitivo... I bailed to the train today about 20km in because I wanted to reset and my trekking pole snapped in half. The Camino was telling me... “don’t risk injury without your poles. Go to Oviedo and enjoy the afternoon.” I’m outside an “ecolaundry”...
  10. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    No no no. You are good. I was trying to do crazy stuff... San Salvador is fine... I did it no problem in 4 days before... it’s just crazy hot right now and I tried to cram it into three days. I’ve done the primitivo too and all of them are very comfortable as long as you allow the right amount...
  11. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    New plan. No plan. In SDC sept. 14.
  12. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    Omg- I should have done the same thing! Should have stuck to the road because that part is insane if you’ve already walked 26k with tons of vertical. I was seriously thinking you must be superwoman to call it easy. I ended up doing San Miguel and Santa Maria. Bypassed Pajares.
  13. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    Day 2 - Buiza to Compamames - 25 Miles -ascent = 4000 feet, descent = 6500 feet. Total time on trail = 13 + hours, temp = 85, humidity = 80+ %.... today was the hardest day of hiking in my life. All trails / all trips. It was up/down ALL Day. It was hot and humid. I ended up drinking 13 liters...
  14. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    Ok - I might have to do that next time. I have a reso at El Reundo and too late to cancel, though I can eat the cost if the alternative is “spectacular”. I have to admit the idea of a private room above a Restaurant sounds real good right now. What’s special about the place, is it like a Guemes...
  15. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    As I read this I am in Buiza, alone in the municipal. Tough, long first day, flat. Buiza, is um, “interesting”. When I arrived at 4:40, after having walked 44km, I called the hospitalera and her first reaction to me was “no don’t stay here, keep walking!” I was like “that’s impossible, I’ve...
  16. Damien Reynolds

    Silly me, wanting to fall in love on the Camino

    Walked some since then. Met some wonderful people. Going back in a week or so.

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