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Careful while walking on the highways.

Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016), Camino Portugues (2017)
#1
The local groups which maintain the camino are very careful in trying to keep you on the safest route possible. While the local groups will change the routes peroidically and thus making a longer section, it is likely safer than any alternative.

I met some pilgrims who thought that they were clever. Instead of following the camino they followed GPS. While GPS did lead them the shortest routes to the next stopping place, GPS took them mainly on the highways.

Know that walking on highways is dangerous and people do get killed.
At times there is no alternative but to walk on a highway, but get off as soon as possible.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Will be doing Portuguese Central Way starting Oct 19, 2018
#2
Are there enough signs to keep people on the "right path."

I am walking first time in Oct. Porto to SDC but will have a guide book + camino ways app. But I am hoping that I don't have to rely on the phone and the signs + guidebook will be enough though the guidebook doesn't have a ton of advice for re-routes.
 
#3
Are there enough signs to keep people on the "right path."

I am walking first time in Oct. Porto to SDC but will have a guide book + camino ways app. But I am hoping that I don't have to rely on the phone and the signs + guidebook will be enough though the guidebook doesn't have a ton of advice for re-routes.
There are plenty of signs! With the added help of an up to date guide book, you will not have any problems!
Bom Caminho!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016), Camino Portugues (2017)
#4
Are there enough signs to keep people on the "right path."

I am walking first time in Oct. Porto to SDC but will have a guide book + camino ways app. But I am hoping that I don't have to rely on the phone and the signs + guidebook will be enough though the guidebook doesn't have a ton of advice for re-routes.
There are plenty of arrows. If you don't see one by the next intersection back track to the last one you saw. Sometimes the arrows are small, in unexpected places and in one spot 1/2 way down the block.
I have done the Camino Frances once and the Camino Portugues out of Porto twice.
If you are going to start walking in the dark, it might be a good idea to walk the route out of what ever town you are in the evening before in the daylight. I found that leaving Tui could be especially challenging.
There are a few sections when you will have to walk along the N-550. Be very alert and take your time.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#5
Yes, and be especially careful walking on highways if you're wearing a rain poncho. A few years back I was blown completely over and nearly under a big truck. My poncho acted like a sail. I could have blown on the truck wheels they were so close. Never again...
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#6
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I met some pilgrims who thought that they were clever. Instead of following the camino they followed GPS. While GPS did lead them the shortest routes to the next stopping place, GPS took them mainly on the highways.
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That's because people don't download Camino GPS tracks but instead using GPS device as if they would be driving in a car. Dangerous but also stupid thing to do if you want to walk the Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Will be doing Portuguese Central Way starting Oct 19, 2018
#7
Yes, and be especially careful walking on highways if you're wearing a rain poncho. A few years back I was blown completely over and nearly under a big truck. My poncho acted like a sail. I could have blown on the truck wheels they were so close. Never again...
WOW OMG good to know! THank u!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Will be doing Portuguese Central Way starting Oct 19, 2018
#8
There are plenty of arrows. If you don't see one by the next intersection back track to the last one you saw. Sometimes the arrows are small, in unexpected places and in one spot 1/2 way down the block.
I have done the Camino Frances once and the Camino Portugues out of Porto twice.
If you are going to start walking in the dark, it might be a good idea to walk the route out of what ever town you are in the evening before in the daylight. I found that leaving Tui could be especially challenging.
There are a few sections when you will have to walk along the N-550. Be very alert and take your time.
Great advice, thanks!
 
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#9
Some people are so addicted to GPS they lose all their own senses. I once went shopping in a village with a pilgrim like that. We turned right out the main square, then right and right again. He was genuinely surprised that we ended up... back in the main square. :rolleyes:
 

Lurch

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
looking at 2018-2019
#10
Walking with one of those right now. I tend to look at a map and figure point A to point B intuitively. His GPS does it a little differently.
 

astronwolf

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
planning Primitivo (April to May, 2019)
#11
I've just been using Google Streetview to "travel" the Primitivo from Embalse de Salime all the way to Grandas de Salime. I even waved to a few pilgrims as a moused past them. It looks to me like there are several sections where the hapless traveler is forced onto the road because there is very little shoulder between the guard rail and the rock face. It looks fairly treacherous for pedestrians. The only option (other than take a taxi) seems to be "good luck" and "forge ahead."
 
#12
I've just been using Google Streetview to "travel" the Primitivo from Embalse de Salime all the way to Grandas de Salime. I even waved to a few pilgrims as a moused past them. It looks to me like there are several sections where the hapless traveler is forced onto the road because there is very little shoulder between the guard rail and the rock face. It looks fairly treacherous for pedestrians. The only option (other than take a taxi) seems to be "good luck" and "forge ahead."
There are a few kms along the side of the road after the embalse, but that road is not very busy. It’s never any fun walking on the road, but this is not one of the more terrifying stretches. And there is an arrow taking you off road a few kms before entering town, but many don’t take it becuse it ascends higher than the road. (It is not a big ascent by any means). Not a good decision, IMO — if the camino offers you a way to get off the road,go for it!
 
#14
:eek::eek::eek: ...more terrifying stretches?
HA.. I had two this summer. From Cáceres to Casar de Cáceres on the Vdlp, sheer terror on a workday morning at rushhour. (Casar de Cáceres is 11 km from Cáceres, which is clearly the employment center in the area). And even more terrifying, on the Mozárabe from the bridge on the N-430 after Santa Amalia and into Torrefresnada. But of course, if you walk it on a Sunday morning, you will have not a care in the world. But early morning work days are awful. When the trucks heading my way get really big, I stop walking and push myself as far over against the road barrier as I can. I lose time, but not my life!
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#15
I think that stretch out of Cáceres is so, so dangerous. Horrible. Let's hope that an alternative path can be found before some poor hapless pilgrim is killed. And some poor driver has to live with the consequences.
 
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