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Camino Spring 2022: Dreams | Goals | Plans

Chris Hassell

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2022
Hey all

Thought I'd start a thread for all us potential pilgrims for Spring 2022! Would be very interested to hear your plans/thoughts/concerns/expectations for next year! I completed my first Camino in May 2017 so this will be Camino no. 2 for me! I'm very excited to get back out on the road! What do you think the Covid situation will be like then and how do you think it will affect the walk?

Look forward to hearing from you all!

Chris
 
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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Year of past OR future Camino
CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
Plans! I *love* plans... and for 2022... I am hopeful. My plans assume that at some point in 2022 we will be on a regularized vaccine and booster system, that the mutations won't be stronger (mutations in respiratory infections generally do not need to get stronger as they are already very good at what they do -- so the historical trend has been that they get better at spreading and less likely to devastate the immune systems of bodies already familiar with the genre), and that the camino routes will not have been so devastated that the infrastructure is down more than 10% or so. Decimated it might be, but obliterated, no.

My beloved childhood friend is hoping to walk her first camino with the intent of walking into Santiago on her birthday. In 2019 I pushed like mad to make up lost time on the one nasty blister I have ever had so that I could arrive in SdC to get the Compostela in the name of my friend's mother who had died the year before. Now friend aims to get her own, and have her own time/freedome/exploration for what will be her 55th birthday.

I am *hoping* to find an apartment to rent in the NW and to start looking for a permanent place that I could move into at least half time starting in 2023. I will be seeking something close to one of the established camino routes for I do not see myself losing interest in walking long distances in a region that fascinates me endlessly.

*AND* .... after our parents' horrific separation caused us to lose each other some 35 years ago, my step sister and I found each other 2 years ago (She has the French equivalent name to "Jane Smith" and her mother had gone to ground after our parents split; I had changed my name on marriage). But eventually we found each other and we hope o walk from Porto to SdC together as "sister/friends" (as she likes to say).

*AND* if it has not been safe and practical for Dear Spouse to do his own walk this fall from somewhere south of Porto, then he will do that while I am walking with my sister/friend and we will meet at the end in Santiago. He was supposed to go May 11, 2020 after being cleared on March 10 (!) to do the walk following a "heart event". Assuming he was going to pass the clearance for the event that he had had in January, I had been planning to buy his ticket on March 11th... but we all know how that went.

These are dreams, and so far all I have procured are the Anos Santos passports, the Casa Ivar enamel pins, and distributed Wise Pilgrim Apps to everyone.

Right now, I am sheltering in the woods and when it stops pouring rain, I intend to start walking long distances (so excited because I've found a route that I can complete as a 25-30K circle with 4 variations, all of which stop at the take-out burger joint on a nearby lake)... and there's my walk into town that gives me a 22K round trip and rewards me with a whiskey walnut brownie at the midway point. I'm here until the end of April and see this is my "reminder" that I am a person who loves to walk....

But there is *nothing* like walking in Europe *for me*. The web of small towns, each one stuffed with history that is visible.... terrible and marvellous... it makes me feel so young and naive.... and I long to return to that feeling. And to see the elderly people in the villages (please let them still be there!) who come out with plums or apricots or figs to offer them and wish us well on our way... to see the elderly Galician women pushing wheelbarrows of carrots and firewood.... to see the multigenerational networks of families enjoying company and letting the little ones roam in the plazas late into the evening.... stumbling on the heaved stones of *yet another* Roman road (how did I not think that of course the Romans *numbered* the roads?! I love that one can follow the RR 21 north out of Albergaria de Venhola... )

Oh yes! I have plans!!

May all of our dreams come true! Meanwhile... I'm doing Spanish lessons every day on Duolingo, and thinking to enrol in a Spanish course at work in the fall...

Buen camino everyone.
 

lt56ny

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Hey all

Thought I'd start a thread for all us potential pilgrims for Spring 2022! Would be very interested to hear your plans/thoughts/concerns/expectations for next year! I completed my first Camino in May 2017 so this will be Camino no. 2 for me! I'm very excited to get back out on the road! What do you think the Covid situation will be like then and how do you think it will affect the walk?

Look forward to hearing from you all!

Chris
I have a feeling you will know what the situation is a lot better next year than now. Plan and have fun doing it. By the time your departure approaches you will know exactly what to do. Don’t worry about it or plan for something that you can be sure will change. Just like the Camino all the planning in the world gets tossed with your first step.
 
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I turn 70 next year. My wife is a little younger. We walked the Frances route from St Jean in 2017 and again in 2018. We plan to walk again starting the first week of May in 2022. Both of us can’t wait to get started. We have purchased our boots and walking now to break them in. Like our trips before, we will be writing a blog posting photos and comments almost daily for family and friends to follow (reassurance we are doing well). Buen Camino!
 

Rowena

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances(2015, 2018) Le Puy-SJPP(2016) Geneva Way(2017) Portugués Muxia Fisterra(2019) Invierno(2021)
My hope and plan is to walk the Camino Frances to Ponferrada, then the Invierno to Santiago, starting at Roncesvalles on the first day of spring, 2022.
 

maruska89

Mary C.
Year of past OR future Camino
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-Apr/May 2019
Hey all

Thought I'd start a thread for all us potential pilgrims for Spring 2022! Would be very interested to hear your plans/thoughts/concerns/expectations for next year! I completed my first Camino in May 2017 so this will be Camino no. 2 for me! I'm very excited to get back out on the road! What do you think the Covid situation will be like then and how do you think it will affect the walk?

Look forward to hearing from you all!

Chris
I'm also hoping to walk next spring, if everything is calmed down by then. I dream about returning as many others do as well. Can't come soon enough. I kind of worry there will be so many of us starting out but it will surely aid the albergues and folks there who've suffered through this pandemic.
 

Nelsonpalmer

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Year of past OR future Camino
May, 2019
Hey all

Thought I'd start a thread for all us potential pilgrims for Spring 2022! Would be very interested to hear your plans/thoughts/concerns/expectations for next year! I completed my first Camino in May 2017 so this will be Camino no. 2 for me! I'm very excited to get back out on the road! What do you think the Covid situation will be like then and how do you think it will affect the walk?

Look forward to hearing from you all!

Chris
We are ails planning for late April 2022. This will be our first full Camino Frances.
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madlems7

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2017
My hope and plan is to walk the Camino Frances to Ponferrada, then the Invierno to Santiago, starting at Roncesvalles on the first day of spring, 2022.
I’ve walked the Camino Frances route twice from SJPD, in 2015 and 2017. I had hoped to walk again in 2021 but have now moved my start date out to summer 2022. I too have decided to walk from SJPD to Ponferrada and then continue on the Camino Invierno route to Santiago. I’m excited to experience the last 10 days into Santiago on new paths.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
(2019)
Hoping to do a 100km -plus Camino Frances early April 2022; have booked the trip home with miles/points and waiting till a different airline opens up award seats so I can book the trip out! All can be cancelled/redeposited in the event of extended pandemic.
 
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