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  1. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    I walked the Frances in 2015, and like you, usually stopped between noon and 2:00-3:00p.m. On the Portuguese this fall, I was with three other pilgrims, so I didn't have the autonomy to decide on my own where to stop. As a consequence, we stopped at a mix of private albergues and hostels, and a...
  2. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    Yes, and it was wonderful! There are as many cobblestones as reported, especially in Portugal. Not so much in Galicia. I decided on Hoka One One's, with Superfeet inserts, and the cobblestones didn't both me at all. I found that I didn't need the extra ankle support that boots give either. The...
  3. Singingheart

    I swear if I ever see another cobble stone .......

    I didn't mean to suggest that your posts haven't been helpful, Gillyweb. I would love to see the pictures you mentioned earlier.
  4. Singingheart

    I swear if I ever see another cobble stone .......

    Never feel useless and inferior!!! You know how individual each person's experience is. I imagine that I'll use my poles constantly, because I depend on them for balance and propelling me and helping me in countless ways.
  5. Singingheart

    I swear if I ever see another cobble stone .......

    This is the kind of information that is so helpful. Thank you! I don't think I'll be taking the Variante Espiritual, so I'll miss that. I think I should take a deep breath and trust in my Koka's and my ankles.
  6. Singingheart

    I swear if I ever see another cobble stone .......

    Thanks for your comments. I really don't know what I need, which is the problem for me. I wore low-rise boots on the CF and didn't have ankle problems, but I don't know if I would have or not without them. I think with all the loose rock on CF, the boots probably helped me. But I've never really...
  7. Singingheart

    I swear if I ever see another cobble stone .......

    One more question, Anemone. Did you find that the cobblestones caused your ankles to roll? My doctor is worried for me about that and suggests that I get ankle supports, but they don't sound comfortable, and the point of wearing the Hoka's is for the comfort. I'll be using hiking poles, by the way.
  8. Singingheart

    I swear if I ever see another cobble stone .......

    I'm counting on your experience and advice, Anemone del Camino. I'll be wearing Hoka One One's, with SuperFeet inserts and am hoping that they'll save my feet. I start from Porto on October 7, along the coast for two days and then inland.
  9. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    Thank you for the warning! So glad that you lived to tell the tale!
  10. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    Thank you, Jeff. That is very good information, and I'm delighted to see the photo and have a good picture of what I'll be walking on. I was very fortunate on the Camino Frances in the fall of 2015, when I didn't run into rain either on the old Roman cobblestone roads or on the very steep rocky...
  11. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    Many thanks for all the tips. This is what I wanted to know.
  12. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    Are the cobblestones hard to use hiking poles on? I love using my poles for balance, as well as for help with hills, going up as well as down.
  13. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    That was definitely a challenge. I didn't hate it. I loved every moment of my Camino Frances (well, except for the pain in my feet). But I'll be two years older and I will welcome a more forgiving path.
  14. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    Thank you so much! That's good to know.
  15. Singingheart

    Terrain on Portuguese Camino

    I'm wondering what the walking surfaces are like on the Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago. In particular, I'd like to know if it's as rocky as the Camino Frances. I'm planning on walking the Portuguese Way this coming fall (October 2017), and I'm starting to think about footwear. I wore...
  16. Singingheart

    Slow itinerary from Porto to Santiago

    Thank you so much! Is the price you list for one person or two?
  17. Singingheart

    Slow itinerary from Porto to Santiago

    The perfect Camino experience! I really can't wait to have more of them next fall. I love to hear about experiences like yours. Thank you!
  18. Singingheart

    Slow itinerary from Porto to Santiago

    Absolutely! It's how I walked the Camino Frances last fall and how I want to walk the Portuguese Camino. I just wanted a sense of what was available and possible for days shorter than the traditional stages.
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