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Advice sought for Norte now- Ribadeo to Santiago


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Norte (2020)
Hi, am in need of some advice. Am currently doing the Norte, solo, having started from Oviedo. It's pretty empty, which is not in itself a problem, but I am beginning to worry about some of the safety aspects, particularly from Ribadeo into Galicia. One of the hostels I have reserved at (o Xistral) has already said that they are no longer doing meals because of Covid so you have to bring your own and from what I understand for a couple of days around that area there are not many cafes, shops, etc. Also, to put it in a bit of context, I had a very unpleasant incident happen a few days ago (police called, report filed - I may write about it in a separate post but dont want to go into details here), and so I am a bit concerned that this area may be pretty deserted and may not be such a wise idea at the moment. I am considering skipping a couple of stages if I can find some form of transport eg to Villalba. Or I could just stop at Ribadeo and leave the rest for another year. Any advice from those who have been through this part before much appreciated! I have bookings (either in hostels or hotels) but most are cancellable with a bit of notice.

Apart from the bad stuff, have been loving the Camino so far!
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CF (12-15); Muxia (15); Portuguese, Primitivo (17); Norte, Ingles, VF partial (18), Le Puy (19)
It's not clear what you mean by "safety aspects." Do you mean personal safety -- i.e fear of being assaulted or accosted? In response, all I can say is that that part of the Norte, after Ribadeo, is always pretty deserted. My wife and I walked it in the spring of 2018, and usually didn't see anyone else during the course of the day. But we never felt unsafe, even walking separately, as we usually do. Serious incidents of people being attacked in any way are very rare on the caminos (although something plainly happened to you). How you feel about it is a very personal thing of course. If you feel unsafe, by all means, skip ahead. It doesn't get any more crowded after Vilalba, though.


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Burgos to Santiago 2008, Madrid to Sáhagun 2012, Primitivo 2012, VdlP 2014, Camino del Norte 2020
We walked (two males) last march from Ribadeo to Santiago. We slept in Xunta albergues in Lourenza, Gontan/Abadin, Vilalba (here we had a room above a bar), Baamonde and A Cabana. Last night in Brea in a small hotel. All Xunta albergues were empty, only two of us. It was just before the Xunta albergues were closed in Galicia. We had no safety problems. Camino was very quiet.


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