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Live - Via de la Plata C Clearly on the Via de la Plata

Discussion in '"LIVE" from the camino' started by C clearly, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. C clearly

    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    I walked from Seville to Guillena yesterday. I found it to be tiring, possibly due to several nights with poor sleep and a 9 hour time change. People can consider staying in a hotel in Santiponce if they want to start slower. The route by Camas was a bit confusing, but you know you just need to go north (no sun in your face, which is nice). I managed to walk 26.6 km on a 22 km route!:(

    I find that writing a blog is more than enough to keep my online time full, so you might want to follow it (www.tritetales.com ) as I don't know how much I'll update this thread. Those won't be guide book reports - the time for planning and preparation is over, so I'll try to describe the experience. :cool:
     
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    Yay. Your latest camino!
    Have just read and really enjoyed your blog about your last camino on the CF. I happily walked every step with you, rain and shine. Your blog vanquished my last minute jitters because it was sensible and fun and, from my comfortable armchair, was completely do-able.
    When are you thinking you will reach Santiago?
    Wishing you a very buen camino.
     
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    Oh I so wish I was there with you! Have an amazing wonderful walk!
     
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    Buen Camino! I will be reading avidly as I start the VDLP on April 10th!
     
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    Super Buen Camino to you, C!
    I'm happy for you, knowing you're out there again.
     
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    Buen Camino! It is a hard walk....but also wonderful. Ill be following your blog. Very best wishes for a great walk.
     
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    Hooray for C! I look forward to following your walk, the Vdlp is just one marvelous camino. Buen camino, Laurie
     
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    I shall be looking at your thread with great interest as I start from Almeria tomorrow afternoon and I'll be posting as I go. Buen Camino, Bloo
     
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    Buen Camino.

    Look forward to following you on the blog
     
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    Thanks C, I shall flip to your blog as I hope to follow you next year.

    Buen Camino
    Davie
     
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    I too shall follow you on your blog, @C clearly . Wishing you all the best and buen camino!
     
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    Have bookmarked your blog. Will follow along. Fellow Canadian, leaving Seville on May 5th.
     
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    Buen camino. I hope you have fabulous weather. That first week is so gorgeous!
     
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    Buen Camino C, enjoy every step and keep us posted.
     
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  15. Clare, made sure to post all the bus options as I need to jump a few sections to catch my bus in Salamanca to Ponferrada. :eek:

    I look forward to following your blog and taking notes. Bien Camino!
     
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    Will look forward to reading it C. Wish you continued Buen Camino. We actually had some sun on the lower island yesterday!
     
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    Will love reading your follow up of your journey.
    Wish you a wonderful time and a Buen Camino,Peter.
     
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    Thanks for posting the link to your blog. We are thinking Via de Plata for 2018 so look forward to your impressions. Buen Camino!
     
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    I begin walking from Seville, March 23, so Ill be a few days behind you. enjoy the walk,
    Vaya con Dios , Pilgrim,
    Cliff
     
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  20. C clearly

    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    Seriously consider the bus to Santiponce to ease Day 1.

    Day 2 is no piece of cake either! I will start tomorrow (Day 3) with a taxi the 17 km to the start of the park. I am exhausted and know that highway walk would not enhance my life! (However, one good night of sleep could do wonders.)
     
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    Buen Camino Clare! And wishing you a restful sleep tonight.
     
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    I will be saving your website blog in my favorites, too, and look forward to following your journey! Buen Camino, C!
     
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    Have a great Camino C . Iwill be following you on 26th April . Stay safe ,walk well and enjoy enjoy, Paddy
     
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    I love that you're walking during Semana Santa.
    Have a WONDERFUL Camino!
    I've signed up to follow your blog.
    I really want to walk this route again someday soon!
    It will be interesting to see any changes.
     
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  25. Let me know avout the taxi to the park as that is my plan.

    What is making these days so difficult? I'm surprised.

    Have a good night's sleep!
     
  26. C clearly

    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    I am a little surprised too. I flew from Vancouver to Madrid in one day - 9 time zones - and then started walking the next day, without getting a good night's sleep. Temperature has been mid to high 20s and these stretches are quite exposed.
     
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  27. Montreal to Spain is long enough for me. I can understand why adding the BC distance would take a hit on you. He kind to yourself.
     
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    Me too. March 23. Maybe we'll meet.
     
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    Enjoy VDP. I am looking forward to VDP, leaving L.A. June 19, 2017. Will follow your blog.
    Buen camino.
     
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    Buen Camino. We are leaving Vancouver on Friday for a "Backpacking Europe" trip but we will be following your blog as we go. Have a wonderful time.
     
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    Clever decision! That road to the park is narrow and with much traffic. I did as you do, and started the day on the park entrance: A beautiful walk!
     
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    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    A leisurely breakfast, followed by a ride for €20, followed by a lovely walk in the park. Of the 10 people, half walked and survived fine. The weather has cooled down.

    I'm having trouble uploading my blog with photos. Now in the Municipal in Castilblanco, in my own room because I have a cold. That is either the cause or an effect of my being under the weather in the last few days.
     
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    So sorry to hear about your cold. Ginger and vinegar! Do take care C. Will watch for more.
     
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    Yes, C, we are pulling for a quick recovery. Take care, a little pampering never hurt! How crazy is the climate if in late March you are talking about how the weather thankfully is cooling down a bit! Hope you figure out the blog problem, because I have finally figured out a way to remind myself to remember to go look at it. ;)
     
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    Here in Ireland we recommend , Measure of Whiskey , spoon of sugar ,2 cloves and some boiling water, helps with curing the cold and giving you a nice sleep
     
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    Just bumping this thread up to the top to say that C clearly has figured out how to upload her photos on the blog and she is now in Real de la Jara! Buen camino, C!
     
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    Loving the Blog C. Buen Camino.
     
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    Just checking in here, before my daily work of blogging (check there in an hour or so). Thanks for your good wishes. I am feeling much better today. I'm in Monesterio after a beautiful walk on 20 km. Just the perfect amount.
     
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    Hope that you are enjoying the albergue parochial, great place to rest in Monasterio.

    I just want to mention something about the highway walk of 16 km till the entrance of the park - for those who have yet to do the Plata. Some may think I'm nuts but I have done it three times (July 2011, February 2014 and June 2016) and I really don't think it's bad. In fact no one that was walking at the time skipped it. It just makes the rest of the walk through the park seem that much nicer. But then again walking for me is meditative, wherever it leads me.

    Buen Camino @C clearly
     
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    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    Those who walked it that day agreed that it wasn't so bad. I just knew that I wasnt ready for that long a walk, that day.
     
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    I guess I am late to the party.

    Buen Camino Clare, enjoy every step and stay safe.

    Mike
     
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    For me the worst on that long day was getting over the arroyos in the park on steppingstones with flowing water around you up to nearly up to your feet.
     
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    Your blog is very helpful. Thanks for that @C clearly. Also @SYates postings have been very helpful. I have found this route challenging to follow in places.
     
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    A few days behind started wed. Sun thurs frost fri rain sat rain but good. Arrows everywhere so impossible. Walkedthrough Camus. On almaden de la plata section all 10 of our group walked 29km. On first day the section after Santiponce now has a new bridge over stream. But be careful now boy racers have 10km of straught of track for fun. Half our group waljed the 34lm to monesterio. Our group 2 french 4 germans 2 spainish 1 irish and unknown.
    More rain tomorrow fuente de cantos for some of us buen camino al
     
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    I walked it on Friday and to me it was a really nice walk. The amount of traffic is not bad at all.
     
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    Don't tell me I am the unknown one! Today I walked through the rain from Almaden to Monesterio. On this way I had a nice Menu in El Real de la Jara with two French guys who did not walk further. These were the only pilgrims I met, so for me no one else was on the Camino today. Ehh, i sometimes saw some recent footprints/shoeprints.
    Buen Camino to everyone!
     
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    It's very confusing and then I got lost in Guillena until a great local guy stopped, asked me where I was going then drove me to the municipal albergue.
     
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    Just to give everyone a laugh - I didn't know that these were stepping stones till a few days later:rolleyes:! I just walked through without taking off my shoes, something I continued to do when later on along the Plata there were overflowing arroyos and no stones.
     
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    SYates does mention a place some 9 km after leaving Monesterio. I walked there today and found it very easy to handle. You have to open a gate at that point--and close it again after going through it. Repeat that act at two other places and that's it. The only place I used my trekking poles (don't like the things) was later on when passing a ford on the stepping stones at the right side.
    For those people who are afraid of dogs etc--cows can be just as dangerous, or even more so! You might meet them on your way and be sure to NEVER walk between a cow and her calf! They might get furious and can outrun you. To be trampled to death is no fun--and it happens every year.
    As for dogs, usually the advice is not to look them straight in the eyes. But they certainly should notice you have seen them, so look at their ears or something but do not leave them out of your eyesight. And let them know it! Dogs are keen observers.
    Buen Camino!
     
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    What time frame are you referring to with "new bridge"? I saw something that might HAVE BEEN a new bridge. Zoom in on this photo from last week and see some posts that are the only sign of a bridge.
     

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    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    Gee, thanks for the words of encouragement!

    I've had to navigate through cows a couple of times. I do it with some trepidation but without extreme fear. I avoid walking near any calves and they all just stare as I pass by. All the dogs I've passed have been docile, chained, or too busy working to bother with me.
     
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    I'm in El real de la Jara. To monesterio tomorrow.
     
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    C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    Good stuff. The weather is supposed to turn perfect for the next week or so!
     
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    So am I. I don't think we've met tho. I am traveling with my grand daughter. We are at Hostal Encinta all by ourselves I think. i think we are going to stay at the muni in Monesterio tomorrow.
     
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  56. This is great news for me. I like perfect weather! ;0)
     
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    Here is a tip for those who fear dogs and carry walking sticks: place them crossed behind your back when passing a loose, barking dog who approaches a bit too close. I am not afraid of dogs but I can't be sure what they will do when they are behind me.

    The mean ones are most likely chained, the docile ones roam around but every now and again (maybe twice in all my Caminos) that extra protection is nice.
     
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    Take care there. I spent 2 hours walking wrong there....
     
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    Gosh I am getting excited now. Starting on 15 April in Villafranca de los Barros. Barros = muds by the way.
     

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