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Camino Primitivo (first timer Oct 2018) - So many questions!

SarahM

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Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo (Oct 2018)
#1
Hello Pilgrims, I will be traveling from U.S. (Colorado) and flying into Paris, Oct 5, there until Oct 24. I will be walking the Camino Primitivo and have a ton of questions. Appreciate any and all insight!
1) Suggestions for easy travel form Paris to Oveido?
2) Recommendations for max weight to carry?
3) it's 311 km from Oveido to Santiago.. Is it reasonable to do this in 17 days?
4) Money - how much money do you recommend per day, and is it best to just carry all cash? (are there ATM's at some places along the way)
5) Reservations required for lodging?
6) Essential items to bring?
Finally... does one just show up and start walking? Anything else I need to know?
Sarah
 

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Aurigny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, 2016; Português Central, 2017; Port. Interior, 2017; Primitivo, 2018; Port. Coastal, 2018.
#2
1. Vueling fly direct from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Asturias airport, about twenty-five miles from Oviedo. The flight takes a little under two hours; if you departed on October 8, they're currently quoting EUR 55 (about USD 65) one way.

2. The standard rule of thumb is 10% of your body weight, your backpack included. I carry just a smidge more than that, being thin but tall and wiry. I weigh 67 kg (about 148 lb) and carry an 8 kg pack.

3. I did the Primitivo this May in eleven days, without killing myself. Seventeen is ample, and should afford you the opportunity for several rest-days and/or side trips en route.

4. If you're staying in albergues, you'll struggle to spend more than EUR 25 per day for everything, food included. Double that if you want private rented accommodation. There are sufficient ATMs on the way, though taking out EUR 300 as soon as you arrive in Europe and having that in your back pocket is a sensible thing.

5. Not in October. Yo're at no risk of losing the bed race then.

6. Prescription drugs (difficult to get a U.S. prescription filled in Europe, and some kinds of drugs may not be available), and a spare pair of glasses/contact lenses if you use them. I'm a man, so this information comes at second hand, but if you use sports bras, bringing one more than you need mightn't be a bad idea. They're apt to disappear from washing lines in albergues (it's not theft so much as others mistaking yours for theirs in the dark). It happened to my wife in Zariquiegui, on the third day of her only Camino; on that trip we must have heard the same story from half a dozen other peregrinas. Until you hit Lugo, getting a replacement might be difficult.

Don't worry about anything else. Whatever you may need and have forgotten to bring with you can easily be purchased in Spain, probably for much the same price.

Finally: get your credencial stamped at the Cathedral in Oviedo; swallow your last cafe con leche of the morning; and point yourself in the direction of Grado, 26 km away, which would make a logical first-day stopping point. No more formalities required than that.
 
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as gaillimh

Veteran Member
#4
Hello Pilgrims, I will be traveling from U.S. (Colorado) and flying into Paris, Oct 5, there until Oct 24. I will be walking the Camino Primitivo and have a ton of questions. Appreciate any and all insight!
1) Suggestions for easy travel form Paris to Oveido?
2) Recommendations for max weight to carry?
3) it's 311 km from Oveido to Santiago.. Is it reasonable to do this in 17 days?
4) Money - how much money do you recommend per day, and is it best to just carry all cash? (are there ATM's at some places along the way)
5) Reservations required for lodging?
6) Essential items to bring?
Finally... does one just show up and start walking? Anything else I need to know?
Sarah

1 dont know but plenty of flights
2 the ligher the better 6kg
3 10 to 12 days and plenty of time for Finnesterra and Muxia
4 camino cash king. A few hundred Euros plenty of ATM almost daily
5 no need for reservations except Santiago
6 Usual trekking gear. Shops in every village towns and refer to 1 travel light
Buen camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015, Camino Portuguese 2016, Way of St Olav 2017, Camino Primitivo 2018
#5
Hello Pilgrims, I will be traveling from U.S. (Colorado) and flying into Paris, Oct 5, there until Oct 24. I will be walking the Camino Primitivo and have a ton of questions. Appreciate any and all insight!
1) Suggestions for easy travel form Paris to Oveido?
2) Recommendations for max weight to carry?
3) it's 311 km from Oveido to Santiago.. Is it reasonable to do this in 17 days?
4) Money - how much money do you recommend per day, and is it best to just carry all cash? (are there ATM's at some places along the way)
5) Reservations required for lodging?
6) Essential items to bring?
Finally... does one just show up and start walking? Anything else I need to know?
Sarah
See you there. From San Antonio on my fourth caminio, I'll be starting from Oviedo on Sept 29th.
 

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Garyd

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo Oct 2018
#6
I will be starting from Oviedo on Oct 9th on my first camino. I leave LAX (Los Angeles) Oct 7th, and get into Madrid on the afternoon of the 8th, then take a train up to Oviedo arriving very late that night. I'm staying at a hotel right next to the train station that night. The plan is to get up the next morning and head to Grado. Hope to see you on the route.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Sept/Oct 2015
Camino Frances - April/May 2017
Camino Frances- Oct 2018
#7
I will be starting from Oviedo on Oct 9th on my first camino. I leave LAX (Los Angeles) Oct 7th, and get into Madrid on the afternoon of the 8th, then take a train up to Oviedo arriving very late that night. I'm staying at a hotel right next to the train station that night. The plan is to get up the next morning and head to Grado. Hope to see you on the route.
I’ll be just a few days ahead, walking from Oviedo on either the 4th or 5th.. Buen Camino
 

Garyd

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo Oct 2018
#8
Maybe we might be able to meet, but you might be a bit too far ahead. Buen Camino for you too!
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
2019- Invierno
#9
We did it in 14 days and wish we’d taken 17. I’d recommend stopping in Escamplero on day one so you start easy. No need to rush and do 20+ miles every day when you have so much time.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
TBD (2019)
#10
We did it in 14 days and wish we’d taken 17. I’d recommend stopping in Escamplero on day one so you start easy. No need to rush and do 20+ miles every day when you have so much time.
+1 for Escamplero. It also allows you to do the detour to see the Naranco churches on the first day which are well worth it, making for about 17km overall. Then another 17km-ish day on Day 2 gets you to San Juan de Villapañada, which would line you up well to start doing longer days to Bodenaya (day three, the best albergue on the Primitivo) and Campiello (day four, just before the memorable Hospitales day).

¡Buen camino!
 

Garyd

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo Oct 2018
#11
Thanks to both Alaskadiver & Nick........something to seriously consider; slowing down at the beginning. The day before I start, I'll have flown for 11 hours and taken a train for 5 hours. On top of that, I won't get into Oviedo until almost midnight.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
2019- Invierno
#12
Thanks to both Alaskadiver & Nick........something to seriously consider; slowing down at the beginning. The day before I start, I'll have flown for 11 hours and taken a train for 5 hours. On top of that, I won't get into Oviedo until almost midnight.
Yeup. We traveled from Alaska and it took us 2 days to get to Oviedo. We really benefited from sleeping in and getting a slow short day 1. I wouldn’t do more than 20 km days. It’s too beautiful to rush and with 17 days you don’t need long days. Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
TBD (2019)
#13
The day before I start, I'll have flown for 11 hours and taken a train for 5 hours. On top of that, I won't get into Oviedo until almost midnight.
In that case, I'd stay another night in Oviedo to recover before you start walking. It's a nice town with some interesting churches (and a lot of cider bars!), so you can easily spend a day there. It took us 13 walking days from Oviedo to Santiago even with the lighter first two days, so with your 17 days, you'd still have plenty of time.
 

Garyd

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo Oct 2018
#14
Thank you to both Alaskadiver & Nick again. I really appreciate your sage advice. I think you have convinced me to be fair to myself in not jumping in right away when I might be on low energy. I do have the time, as I am not flying back from Madrid until Oct 28th. The one thing I wanted to do was to give myself enough time to take in a milonga, (a tango dance event) in Madrid before I leave Spain. My only issue is the tango shoes.......I'm not going to carry a pair around on the camino, so I'll probably buy a pair in Madrid.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#15
Thank you to both Alaskadiver & Nick again. I really appreciate your sage advice. I think you have convinced me to be fair to myself in not jumping in right away when I might be on low energy. I do have the time, as I am not flying back from Madrid until Oct 28th. The one thing I wanted to do was to give myself enough time to take in a milonga, (a tango dance event) in Madrid before I leave Spain. My only issue is the tango shoes.......I'm not going to carry a pair around on the camino, so I'll probably buy a pair in Madrid.
If you already have the shoes you can mail them to Santiago to have them waiting for you.
 

Garyd

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo Oct 2018
#16
If you already have the shoes you can mail them to Santiago to have them waiting for you.
That's a good idea, thank you! With that thought, I might even try having them sent to the hotel in Madrid that I'll be in the night or two before I leave. That sure beats trying to dance in a new pair of shoes.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2016
#17
Hello to all starting at Oviedo in October...I had hoped to walk this route the following month Nov., but was advised not to.. As I’ve no experience to go by I was hoping you could all maybe give me an idea once you start is it that difficult for a first timer. I believe the gradient is difficult and being winter will add to that but also the possibility that there wouldn’t be many albergues open in November. Could you maybe, please ask at your ‘port of call’ along the way will they be open the following month please. I would be keen to hear what this Camino like in terms of difficulty. I am thinking of taking an alternate route otherwise but would prefer to stick to my original plan.
 

twh

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances from SJPdP May/June, 2018
#18
is it that difficult for a first timer. .
Little Flower,
It is always so subjective for any experienced Pilgrims here to give advice regarding how difficult it may be for You unless they have some relevant back ground information about You to work with.

Here are a few ideas but I'm sure there is more that you should elaborate on to get some useful feedback.

Age?
Weight?
Physical limitations and/or ailments?
fitness level - what is your normal weekly exercise routine? are you in shape now to start?
Gear - do you have it, have you used it?
hiking experience - what, when, where, time of year, distances, elevations, back pack weight etc...?
hiking alone or with partner?
Language...speak Spanish?

others can add to the info that would be good for us to know to help you best.

Have a great camino, it is a wonderful experience but please be prepared for it since you are a "1st timer" and traveling in a month where it's possible to have some extreme weather.
 

oursonpolaire

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
#19
Thank you to both Alaskadiver & Nick again. I really appreciate your sage advice. I think you have convinced me to be fair to myself in not jumping in right away when I might be on low energy. I do have the time, as I am not flying back from Madrid until Oct 28th. The one thing I wanted to do was to give myself enough time to take in a milonga, (a tango dance event) in Madrid before I leave Spain. My only issue is the tango shoes.......I'm not going to carry a pair around on the camino, so I'll probably buy a pair in Madrid.
Unless you have very wide feet, you will find that shoes in Spain are the best quality for money you will find outside Italy.
 

oursonpolaire

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
#20
For medication, most are available in Spain and sometimes without prescription. In my experience, I just handed them my pill bottles with the label and they were filled without trouble but it can't hurt to scan your prescriptions and save them as attachments to a draft email-- they can then be printed without trouble. Most pharmaceutical companies are international and Spain is not a third world country.

I would say that, staying in albergues, your daily costs will be about 30-35 euro, and in private accommodation double that (20 food and 40 room). ATMs are everywhere; it can't hurt to let your credit card company, your bank, and credit union know you will be in Spain, just so that your card is not cancelled by some algorithm.

Some stretches are tough-- do pace yourself and don't push yourself. But it is an extraordinary route and the Asturians are generous and warm (if taciturn) hosts. You won't forget it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
June 2013, June 2014, Oct 2014, May 2015
#21
Hello Pilgrims, I will be traveling from U.S. (Colorado) and flying into Paris, Oct 5, there until Oct 24. I will be walking the Camino Primitivo and have a ton of questions. Appreciate any and all insight!
1) Suggestions for easy travel form Paris to Oveido?
2) Recommendations for max weight to carry?
3) it's 311 km from Oveido to Santiago.. Is it reasonable to do this in 17 days?
4) Money - how much money do you recommend per day, and is it best to just carry all cash? (are there ATM's at some places along the way)
5) Reservations required for lodging?
6) Essential items to bring?
Finally... does one just show up and start walking? Anything else I need to know?
Sarah
Hi Sarah,
lucky you!
Some speedy answers to your questions.
1. Sorry I've no recommendations on the Paris connection.
2. I carry 4/5kg. You can drop unnecessary items on first few night
Hello Pilgrims, I will be traveling from U.S. (Colorado) and flying into Paris, Oct 5, there until Oct 24. I will be walking the Camino Primitivo and have a ton of questions. Appreciate any and all insight!
1) Suggestions for easy travel form Paris to Oveido?
2) Recommendations for max weight to carry?
3) it's 311 km from Oveido to Santiago.. Is it reasonable to do this in 17 days?
4) Money - how much money do you recommend per day, and is it best to just carry all cash? (are there ATM's at some places along the way)
5) Reservations required for lodging?
6) Essential items to bring?
Finally... does one just show up and start walking? Anything else I need to know?
Sarah
Hi Sarah,
Lucky you, its an amazing walk with almost continuous climbs and descents. I did it end April/May this year.
1. No recommendations for the Paris travel bit.
2. I carry 4/5kg including water, guide book etc. Leave excess at first few nights accommodations, post home or review what you are packing.
3. I did it in less than 14 as far as I remember. Oviedo and Lugo are well worth taking a day off to see.
4. 200 euro is probably enough cash. There are ATMs not frequently but enough to get by.
5. October, probably no need to to reserve. I only reserved after Lugo when the way joined the camino Frances.
6. Can't advise on what would be essential for you, probably rain gear. Gronze app is great instead of carrying a paper guide. Great for maps, accommodation etc.
After that show up as you say and off you go!
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés (2014, 2018), Finisterre (2014, 2018) Primitivo (2015), Portuguese var routes (2017, 2018)
#22
Love the Primitivo! I am a fellow Coloradan, and I will be walking it for the second time, starting about Oct 1. We are doing the San Salvador from Leon first, the 5 days prior. If you want to see a great blog, take a look at mine - Ha ha - when I did the Primitivo: Camino Primitivo. We did it in 13 days, with one rest day in Lugo - a fabulous city. We also walked to the Naranco sites first, then to Esclampero on the same day, but you could take two days. Also, Olviedo is a great place to get over your jet lag. Happy reading, and maybe we will see one another. Who knows?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte and Frances Sept 6 - Oct 11, 2016
#23
1. Vueling fly direct from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Asturias airport, about twenty-five miles from Oviedo. The flight takes a little under two hours; if you departed on October 8, they're currently quoting EUR 55 (about USD 65) one way.

2. The standard rule of thumb is 10% of your body weight, your backpack included. I carry just a smidge more than that, being thin but tall and wiry. I weigh 67 kg (about 148 lb) and carry an 8 kg pack.

3. I did the Primitivo this May in eleven days, without killing myself. Seventeen is ample, and should afford you the opportunity for several rest-days and/or side trips en route.

4. If you're staying in albergues, you'll struggle to spend more than EUR 25 per day for everything, food included. Double that if you want private rented accommodation. There are sufficient ATMs on the way, though taking out EUR 300 as soon as you arrive in Europe and having that in your back pocket is a sensible thing.

5. Not in October. Yo're at no risk of losing the bed race then.

6. Prescription drugs (difficult to get a U.S. prescription filled in Europe, and some kinds of drugs may not be available), and a spare pair of glasses/contact lenses if you use them. I'm a man, so this information comes at second hand, but if you use sports bras, bringing one more than you need mightn't be a bad idea. They're apt to disappear from washing lines in albergues (it's not theft so much as others mistaking yours for theirs in the dark). It happened to my wife in Zariquiegui, on the third day of her only Camino; on that trip we must have heard the same story from half a dozen other peregrinas. Until you hit Lugo, getting a replacement might be difficult.

Don't worry about anything else. Whatever you may need and have forgotten to bring with you can easily be purchased in Spain, probably for much the same price.

Finally: get your credencial stamped at the Cathedral in Oviedo; swallow your last cafe con leche of the morning; and point yourself in the direction of Grado, 26 km away, which would make a logical first-day stopping point. No more formalities required than that.
Just show up and start walking.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Sept/Oct 2015
Camino Frances - April/May 2017
Camino Frances- Oct 2018
#26
Hello Pilgrims, I will be traveling from U.S. (Colorado) and flying into Paris, Oct 5, there until Oct 24. I will be walking the Camino Primitivo and have a ton of questions. Appreciate any and all insight!
1) Suggestions for easy travel form Paris to Oveido?
2) Recommendations for max weight to carry?
3) it's 311 km from Oveido to Santiago.. Is it reasonable to do this in 17 days?
4) Money - how much money do you recommend per day, and is it best to just carry all cash? (are there ATM's at some places along the way)
5) Reservations required for lodging?
6) Essential items to bring?
Finally... does one just show up and start walking? Anything else I need to know?
Sarah
We may see you along the way... will be walking out of Oviedo on the 5th... yes, just show up and start walking Buen.... Camino...
 
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CF "2010" Ingles and Finisterre "2011" CP - L-P-S "2012" F /M "2013" c norte may 2014 CP 2015
#27
In oviedo 30th start camino 1st october flying from velencia birthday party first .
 

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