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  1. gyro

    Starting in Girona on Monday

    Five days, and I walked from Girona to Olot to Vic, 100 km in total . Four of the days were magical. the long slow pull up the Ruta de Carrilet for the first 60 km was a welcome re-introduction to camino walking. the villages were delightful and the accommodation fine. Olot city centre is a bit...
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    Starting in Girona on Monday

    Thanks for the kind wishes and the information. The Generalitat produce a very detailed guide in Catalan or Spanish at http://www.camidesantjaume.cat/ I will certainly let you know how things transpired when I finish. I tend not to post whilst walking: preferring the bubble of "an old guy...
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    Starting in Girona on Monday

    Hello everyone, My name is Gyro (or Alex), and I am starting from Girona on Monday morning: hoping to make it to Montserrat in a week. Anyone else going my way next week? kind regards to all of you, Gyro
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    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    The "Right Type" of Pilgrim ? A concluding thought as I made it to Santiago late yesterday afternoon and I am now having a rest day. The question is the nature of the pilgrimage and of pilgrims.....I don´t have this figured out clearly in my mind, hence I putting this down on paper. During...
  5. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Yeah, heading down the hill to the corner by the "main square" in Arzua was a REAL SHOCK and I have to say that I found it unsettling. But I guess that this is part of the experience.
  6. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    No, but it was tempting. I have never been in a place like Soto de Luina. It had such a plethora of signage and yellow arrows, pointing in all conceivable directions. Eventually, I headed out of town on the road heading West (It seemed like the only smart decision). Alex
  7. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Dear Tom and Joe, In Sobrado this evening - where it is cold and wet. the weather has been suitably Scots for the last four days. So, I did manage Vilalba to Miraz yesterday: it has been a long time since I pushed myself for a 9 hours, 35 km haul. but I managed this one without too much pain...
  8. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    An update: 10 days into this Camino and I am in Vilalba. The last three days have been pretty damn damp, and the weather forecast is not looking too promising. The pull from Aviles to Ribadeo was interesting and thought provoking. But I did feel that some of the local councils had diverted the...
  9. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Interestingly, Tom, the structure is very odd and does indeed like a Civil War watchtower. But the Spanish guides state that the building is a double kiln, used for the production of lime. Certainly, there do appear to be two ovens at the base of the structure. And I have never seen anything...
  10. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Well, maybe 1998 was a quieter time, I suppose. But I was as great as grass and made so many mistakes. That was the Camino Frances. I promised myself at the end that I would never tackle another pilgrimage. How wrong I was. So, I leave for Gijon in a week, and like you, I know that I will...
  11. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Tom, Thanks for that. Certainly this is one message which is going to be printed out/photoreduced/ carried with me. So, reflecting on all of this. I made my first pilgrimage in 1998. And there have been a total of 5 completed: the Norte will be my sixth. You would have thought that I would be...
  12. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Thanks for the reassurance, Tom, Can I ask you about the stage(s) around Miraz? Some of the guides appear to state that there are 40 km or so of moderately isolated pathways and very few options for accommodation/rest. Is this in fact the case and does it all make for a tough day on the camino...
  13. gyro

    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Thank you to Tom, Angulero and Anemone for each of your comments. Indeed, my dear Tom, I now recall our discussions, along with Aubrey (yes?). And --oh boy-- was the weather dreadful for one of the weeks. I remembered that this was the first time I had seen hail whilst on the Iberian...
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    Starting from Gijon: 7th April

    Hello out there, Well, actually the name is Alex, not gyro. I started the CdeN in 2013 and made it as far as Gijon after 20 soggy days. Now I am looking to get the boots on and continuing the journey. I love to walk in Spain, greatly prefer walking on my own but find the companionship of the...
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    Hi, I'am from Germany an I'm planning to walk the camino de la Plata in early October. Almut

    Hello Almut, Sadly, I will not be returning to Spain until next April, and even then I will be walking along the Camino del Norte, starting in Gijon. The VdelaP is a challenging walk, but I enjoyed it and I hope you will too. the first day from the cathedral, through Sevilla, across the bridge...
  16. gyro

    Camino del Norte - March/April 2013

    Dear Tom, So sorry that our paths didn't connect. I completed this stage of my walk on Monday evening by getting spectacularly lost in Gijon. I did eventually find my hotel. Aubrey, by that point, had made it to Villaviosa. So well done her on some powerful walking. I have the usual naive faith...
  17. gyro

    Camino del Norte - March/April 2013

    Aubrey, Tom, I hope that this weather is not affecting you too much. I am finding the cold and the wet pretty disheartening tonight. Take GREAT care with your directions between Unquera and Llanes. There is a fair amount of motorway constructions with the usual "DESVIOS", accompanied by pink...
  18. gyro

    Blimey. This weather

    Dear All, I am in Llanes this evening, where my bedroom has been converted into Asturias´most efficienct drying room. Six hours I was on the camino today - at best, the rain slowed down to a leisurely drizzle. I was soaked like a drowned rat when I hit town. The local newspapers have been full...
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    Camino del Norte - March/April 2013

    That little boat really brightens the spirits, but you will also have the joy of the boat after Laredo (so much fun) and the ferry from Somo to Santander. Enjoy all of them. I think you are two or three days behind me but you are going much faster, so I expect to see you in two or three days...
  20. gyro

    Camino del Norte - March/April 2013

    And we are off: Started 21st March with a few km along the route. Now in San Sebastian. The route is demanding, following nature paths rather than walking along the main roads (so not complaining). And my first ever pedestrian ferry on a camino (just before San Sebastian). On the morning of my...
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