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Camino Part Deux

ItAintARace

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Fall (2018)
Camino Portuguesa Fall (2019)
Decided that I was tired of rolling my ankles on the rocky and rooty trails of New England and had an epiphany...which amounted to "what the hell am I doing?". What I did was book a flight and what I will be doing is embracing the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon to Santiago starting September 5, 2019. My second Camino after an incredible Camino Frances shared with my daughter less than a year ago. Heart is full and I'm roarin' to go...
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
There are a few rough sections from Lisbon to Porto, where I tripped once, but not even on cobblestone! The cobblestone IS to be reckoned with!
 

alhartman

346 joyful days in Spain and France since 2005
Camino(s) past & future
Hope so!
A truly beautiful route and very different from the CF. For me, the cobblestones were trip ending. I never could find the protective combination of LT Tape, ankle braces, insoles, pole use to protect my Achilles--both were injured after 9 days Lisbon-Porto then 4 days from Porto.
I hope to do it again--but will do serious resistance training beforehand.
 

ItAintARace

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Fall (2018)
Camino Portuguesa Fall (2019)
A truly beautiful route and very different from the CF. For me, the cobblestones were trip ending.
I was sorry to learn of your experience and I'm surprised to hear the cobblestones have the potential to test us so much. I've been alternating shoes to feel the best fit and after wearing the boots today and reading the above posts, think I've made my decision.
 

ItAintARace

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Fall (2018)
Camino Portuguesa Fall (2019)
So wow, that was something. Portugal offered 90 plus degree heat, fires in the hills, feet eating hard pavement, and some very, very nice people. The Lisbon to Porto stretch was as everyone has described and 7 out of 10, and 10 was about the number of hikers I met between the two cities, suffered tremendous foot ailments due mostly to incredible heat, distances walked, and self imposed equipment failure. Never knew feet could swell like that. Learned quite a bit to say the least. Met wonderful pilgrims along the way. Wouldn't change a thing for the world. But ouch.

Numbers of pilgrims starting in Porto and Tui were quite surprising. Advent of "tourist pilgrims" provided opportunities to remain calm and try not to judge. Numbers of pilgrims arriving in Santiago in October was surprising as well.

Took the Central Way until the opportunity to take the Spiritual Variant presented itself. Enjoyed that very much as well as the morning boat ride. So, consider it, you'll be happy with your decision.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Wow, well done. I hope your feet are happily healing, after all that! Self-imposed equipment failure? Is it just embarrasing, or something we can all learn from?
 

ItAintARace

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Fall (2018)
Camino Portuguesa Fall (2019)
Nothing embarrassing and seemed to be the norm. I wouldn't and haven't hiked in 90 heat in the US for long distances. Not something that ever occurred to me to be an enjoyable time. This Camino, there was no choice but to plug ahead no matter the heat or distances. As such, my footwear choice became an additional hurdle. I've hiked in the same shoes and size for years, but never in such heat. So the footwear became too small when my feet began to swell and it would continue throughout the day. Blisters and black and blue toenails are the result. The initial remedy was to trade in and out of my Chacos. Those sandals certainly helped out. Hope this helps.
 

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