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JennyHunt

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Couldn't resist and we've scheduled to walk to Frances again in May 2021. Lets hope the world have corrected itself by then. my fingers are crossed double !!

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Glad to know I'm not alone. Back in May, I booked flights to go and do the last 100km at the end of April, start of May next year. This is the first time I've done anything like this. As I'll be doing it on my own, am a 44 year old, overweight and unfit woman, and we seem to be caught up in the whirlwind that is Covid-19, there is a sense of trepidation brewing. It was a very distinct calling though to walk for my God, so I am still planning to go.....
 

mark stevens

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2021
Glad to know I'm not alone. Back in May, I booked flights to go and do the last 100km at the end of April, start of May next year. This is the first time I've done anything like this. As I'll be doing it on my own, am a 44 year old, overweight and unfit woman, and we seem to be caught up in the whirlwind that is Covid-19, there is a sense of trepidation brewing. It was a very distinct calling though to walk for my God, so I am still planning to go.....
Jenny. You’ll be fine. Just train and walk before you go and take your time on the Camino. It isn’t a rush and walking by yourself will be so liberating. Have fun and buen Camino. Mark
 

sugargypsy

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CF 2019
In progress: CP 2020 and/or CI
I am also planning my second Camino in 2021, CP, starting - if Covid allows - June 2021.

For all of you who plan to start earlier in April or May, especially in Spain, keep in mind, that the spanish government has declared the "State of Alarm" till May 9th, 2021. Check for instance here. As far as I know, this date is still valid.
 
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mark stevens

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2021
I am also planning my second Camino in 2021, CP, starting - if Covid allows - June 2021.

For all of you who plan to start earlier in April or May, especially in Spain, keep in mind, that the spanish government has declared the "State of Alarm" till May 9th, 2021. Check for instance here. As far as I know, this date is still valid.
Thanks Sugargypsy, we've planned for last few days of May. here's to hoping things have changed by then. mark
 

jungleboy

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
I am also planning my second Camino in 2021, CP, starting - if Covid allows - June 2021.

For all of you who plan to start earlier in April or May, especially in Spain, keep in mind, that the spanish government has declared the "State of Alarm" till May 9th, 2021. Check for instance here. As far as I know, this date is still valid.
From the linked article:

The purpose of the state of alarm is to enable the regional governments of Spain the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other restrictions, where required.

Of course, anyone planning a camino at any time in 2021 should keep up-to-date with government advice and restrictions, and be prepared to cancel/postpone if necessary. But I personally don't put too much stock into the May 9th date (as in, the idea that you can't/shouldn't do caminos before that date but you can do them after). As indicated above, the state of alarm just allows for extraordinary measures to be enacted depending on the situation at the time; by itself it doesn't really mean that much. It may happen that Spain recovers well from the second wave and there are no restrictions by March or April, or it may not, and the state of alarm and restrictions might be extended further - which is kind of the point. No one really knows what May will look like now, so the government has taken the necessary step to allow restrictions to be enforced, although they may or may not be required.
 

mark stevens

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2021
From the linked article:

The purpose of the state of alarm is to enable the regional governments of Spain the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other restrictions, where required.

Of course, anyone planning a camino at any time in 2021 should keep up-to-date with government advice and restrictions, and be prepared to cancel/postpone if necessary. But I personally don't put too much stock into the May 9th date (as in, the idea that you can't/shouldn't do caminos before that date but you can do them after). As indicated above, the state of alarm just allows for extraordinary measures to be enacted depending on the situation at the time; by itself it doesn't really mean that much. It may happen that Spain recovers well from the second wave and there are no restrictions by March or April, or it may not, and the state of alarm and restrictions might be extended further - which is kind of the point. No one really knows what May will look like now, so the government has taken the necessary step to allow restrictions to be enforced, although they may or may not be required.
agreed JungleBoy. I'll have a listen to the Spirit of the Camino too.
 

Phil Smith

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(2016)StJ to Viana (2017): Viana to Castrojeriz (2018) Castrojeriz to Leon
(2019) León to Sarria
We had to postpone our Eastertide last leg of the Frances last year from Sarria. We'd spent the last four years completing sections from SJPP. There is a real hunger to complete our pilgrimage, however, the safety of those who live in the Camino has to be the priority. We rebooked for beginning of April back in July. No rising cases then; no new variants. Now we are on tenterhooks. Think we'll be looking at another postponement to September, but we're hoping and praying. God speed the vaccination programme 🙏
 
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mark stevens

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
We had to postpone our Eastertide last leg of the Frances last year from Sarria. We'd spent the last four years completing sections from SJPP. There is a real hunger to complete our pilgrimage, however, the safety of those who live in the Camino has to be the priority. We rebooked for beginning of April back in July. No rising cases then; no new variants. Now we are on tenterhooks. Think we'll be looking at another postponement to September, but we're hoping and praying. God speed the vaccination programme 🙏
Phil,

Looks like you just have the Sarria to Santiago section to go. I bet your itching to get it done :) Just wait until you see the cathedral in the distance, amazing.

On the way into Santiago as you come down a small hill into the town there is a bar on your RHS. we had to stop there just to take stock and think of everything we had achieved on that trip of 28 days. still gets my hairs tingling today.

If you can only do small trips you should consider the Camino Ingles (4 days) and then the Camino Finnesterre (3 days). we loved that week on our 2nd camino

enjoy the last stages whenever you get to go back. buen camino
 
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clearskies

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Camino Francés - 2011 to 2018
Camino Portugués - 2018, 2019, April 2021
Celtic Camino - 2019
I am due to fly to Porto on May 30th. I have already postponed twice. I think I will be postponing again.
 
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Stay positive for now, I’m due to start on 15th May it’s still 16 wks away I’m hoping by then restrictions will eased and I should be able to go but if not the I’ll be looking at my plan b in September thankfully because I’m travelling by train I can leave my booking until the last minute but for now fingers crossed peregrinos 🤞
 

mark stevens

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2021
Stay positive for now, I’m due to start on 15th May it’s still 16 wks away I’m hoping by then restrictions will eased and I should be able to go but if not the I’ll be looking at my plan b in September thankfully because I’m travelling by train I can leave my booking until the last minute but for now fingers crossed peregrinos 🤞
Me too Paul. Always go by train via Paris and love that journey. Well be September too. 🤞
 

Barbara

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
I think you need to play it by ear. I've still got to do a complete run through the eastern variant of the Tours route from Châtellerault to Lescar to double check before i loose the guide onto the unsuspecting Pilgrims, by bike but even so it takes a while and I would like to personally visit all the actual refuges that I have listed, even if I don't actually stay at them. Problem is that I have to have a house /dog sitter so I can't just ride out of the door. If anyone wants a short notice holiday in France then could you message me on the forum? Preferably with your own transport but if not then either an international driving licence or be prepared to shop by bike. Date and duration to be mutually agreed once borders open.
I could then get you to your preferred starting point if you want to walk in France or Spain yourself.
 

trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
If I can't do my Norte/Primitivo this year (😢) I'll try for the VdlP between March and May, and return in September for the Norte/Primitivo.
 

simeon

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Yes, I am planning mid may if at all possible. The vaccination rates in spain look quite positive. Hopefully the current wave will be finished by then Fingers crossed. Need to start looking at a training schedule. I've never done tha
 
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simeon

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SJPDP LosArcos 09\14 Tricastella SDDC 0515 Porto SDDC 1015 LosArcos Burgos 1016 Burgos Leon 0917
Yes, I am planning mid may if at all possible. The vaccination rates in spain look quite positive. Hopefully the current wave will be finished by then Fingers crossed. Need to start looking at a training schedule. I've never done tha
More than a week. Please don't burst my hope bubble...
 

Barbara

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Where do you live, Simeon?
 

simeon

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SJPDP LosArcos 09\14 Tricastella SDDC 0515 Porto SDDC 1015 LosArcos Burgos 1016 Burgos Leon 0917
Oh I'm from Dublin Ireland. My
 

simeon

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SJPDP LosArcos 09\14 Tricastella SDDC 0515 Porto SDDC 1015 LosArcos Burgos 1016 Burgos Leon 0917
@trecille.... Did it again didn't I that what's happens with vino inspired posts !!!
 
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mark stevens

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2021
More than a week. Please don't burst my hope bubble...
Sounds like you've never done more than a week.. Theres loads of training regimes and inspiration on the forum. best training regimen for me is just getting lots of miles in the tank with some hill walking and always with full back pack on. also with more than a weeks walking you'll get fitter and ease into it. enjoy whenever your going. been camino. mark
 

barbmrazkova

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
After finishing the CF in Oct 2019, I booked the Portuguese Camino for May 2021. Here's hoping we all step off in May (or earlier). Plan B is to reschedule for August.
Hiya, did you do it eventually? Or rescheduled? I am thinking to start end of May just wondering if Albergues are open in Portugal, finding it hard to see any info on that on here or anywhere else on the internet... Thanks x
 

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