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Don't Believe Everything Cast Into Stone

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Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
I was walking the Camino Inglés recently, and took these photos. Has anybody else noticed the mistake on the middle one?

Taken on 13 Feb 2020 at 13:52
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Taken on 13 Feb 2020 at 14:37
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Taken on 13 Feb 2020 at 14:40
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Jill
 

george.g

Active Member
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French way 10, 11
Norte 12
Vdlp 13
Levante 14
Mozarabe/Malaga 15
Augusta 16
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Yes, I thought the rule was “the rays point the way“ except when they don’t.
Could it be whoever erected the monoliths only had right hand tiles. (joke)
Regards
George
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
The distances, with their precision after the decimal point, reminded me of some of the markings on the Portuguese camino. I mean, how encouraging is it to read that you have only so many minutes and seconds to go till your next marker? I don't remember distances on other markers. At this moment, only those two. Back to your 'mistake': @NorthernLight has the answer to the problem I did not see till reading her reply!
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
All three photos were taken beween Leiro and Bruma. I took the first one (Km 49,995) because I thought it was so ridiculous – for the sake of 0.005 of a kilometre they couldn’t make it a round Km 50,000.

Then I did a double take at the second one (Km 88,863) because I thought I was now going mad. I could have sworn I had only 2 days to go to Santiago, now I had 4.

So at the next junction, when I saw the third one (Km 47,299), I took a photo of that one too out of sheer relief.

If anyone is walking the Camino Inglés in the near future I would love them to check it out as well, before the powers that be spot the mistake!

As for the direction of the shell – that was never consistent the whole way. And because they weren’t consistent, one can’t be 100% sure which direction to go if there is no arrow. There is one such in the centre of Betanzos, before you cross the big market place; it is pointing downwards – or is it upwards? I wasn’t ready to go downwards yet, so decided it must be upwards, and not left or right, and I went straight on.
 
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Portugués Porto'17,Lisbon'18
Inglés A Coruña y Ferrol '18
Invierno'19
The mistake has been there at least 2 years, from when we stayed walking the inglés to train for 'away' caminos.....interesting.
MaryEllen
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Fun, but should be fixed because it is misleading. These markers are sometimes used in emergencies. It was very frustrating to find missing kilometres on the nearest waymarker when a walker fell and was injured and a companion was trying to arrange an ambulance. But no information is better than the wrong information.
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
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Too many caminos to list in the permitted 100 characters!!
Yes, I thought the rule was “the rays point the way“ except when they don’t. Could it be whoever erected the monoliths only had right hand tiles. (joke)
Regards George
No - don't accept/expect that "rule". The direction of the 'rays' can point either way. In some parts of the camino they point the right way, but not always, so don't follow them - follow the yellow arrows!
Buen camino!
 

Viggen

Vigo
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CF June 2015
CP June 2017
Del Norte, Finisterre / Muxia Oct 2017
VDLP 2018
VF, SBP to Rome 2019

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
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The "rays" pointing the direction has only ever been a rough convention, and something that has never been instituted systematically ; not anywhere.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
I thought the error was that it didn’t say, “Melted Rubber Humans” on it like every stone in the last 300K of the CF in 2018.... 🤬
 

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