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Gwaihir

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Camino(s) past & future
1-7-2019: Nijmegen-Santiago (Lim/Mon), Campaniensis, Voie Rocamadour, Podiensis, Norte, Primitivo
I'm sure this question has been posted before, I wish I could search but with between the terrible connectivity and data limit, I thought I'd ask.

It looks like my pilgrimage might take me longer than expected. I'm a slow walker (although improving every week!) and I doubt I can get to Santiago on the end of October like I envisioned.

How impossible is it to walk del Norte in November? Are some campings or refugios open, and will a pelgrim weather the weather? My sleeping bag is not excellent.

Otherwise I guess I should hurry up and try to make it in time (I'm in Rocroi now) which should be doable, but I'd like to take zero days from time to time and see some countryside.
 

SallyToms

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances to Muxia Oct 2016
Via de Plata to Caceres 2017
Portuguese 2017
Ingles 2017
I'm sure this question has been posted before, I wish I could search but with between the terrible connectivity and data limit, I thought I'd ask.

It looks like my pilgrimage might take me longer than expected. I'm a slow walker (although improving every week!) and I doubt I can get to Santiago on the end of October like I envisioned.

How impossible is it to walk del Norte in November? Are some campings or refugios open, and will a pelgrim weather the weather? My sleeping bag is not excellent.

Otherwise I guess I should hurry up and try to make it in time (I'm in Rocroi now) which should be doable, but I'd like to take zero days from time to time and see some countryside.
I didn’t get to Santiago till Nov 10, slow walker as well. There were enough albergues open, although I was often alone in them. When I am back home in a few days I will post the towns and albergues I stayed in the last week or two. The weather was wet and cool, my umbrella, beanie and waterproof gloves were used a lot the last 2 weeks.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I walked the Norte 2 years and finished about November 1st. The last few weeks there were definitely albergues closing. So I would assume more would be closing as time went by. I would recommend that when you get to Irun or San Sebastian get a monthly calling plan if your cell phone service does not cover Spain. you can get good and cheap plans from Orange or Vodefone. I use Orange, which I think was either 20 or 25 euros for a month. It has less minutes than Vodefone but alot more data. Wanted that so I could call my wife and kids on Whatsapp. As you know you never know what your wifi situation will be. Then you can call ahead to see what albergues will be open or closed. The extra data will also come in handy because you should check out Gronze.com that has great info on the daily stages and information and reviews of lots of albergues. If you open it in Google Chrome it will translate the site to English. The translations are pretty good. I would also recommend that you download either the Buen Camino or Wise Pilgrim app. I heard that Buen Camino is now free and Wise Pilgrim (Wisely) is about $5.00US. They both have GPS and will have even more sleeping choices. No one source has a complete list so especially when you are walking the more choices the better. Finally I would tell you that both Gronze or the apps give you the dates if when and if the albergue is open or closed for the season. I would still call to make sure an albergue is open. Especially if you are walking closer to Christmas. Nothing is 100% accurate. Buen Camino
 

Gwaihir

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Camino(s) past & future
1-7-2019: Nijmegen-Santiago (Lim/Mon), Campaniensis, Voie Rocamadour, Podiensis, Norte, Primitivo
Thanks both!

I speak fluent Spanish so that should help me also. I have a good data plan with coverage in all of Europe (well, er, if there is connectivity!)

SallyToms that would be incredibly helpful, thank you so much - I will definitely get back to you in case you forget :p Will also check if I can find some more resources here.

How about campings? I've been thinking about sending my tent back at SJPDP, in November most campings will be closed anyway, I suppose...
 

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