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Marky1965

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Past OR future Camino
Primitivo in September 2022
Hi

Am I being overly ambitious?
Since seeing this route it has captured my attention & I see it as my next challenge after my current one.
My question is,
From those that have done it, how did you find it? How long did it take? Daily cost on average.
I am thinking September 2023 at this stage.

Are there any good books to recommend?

Cheers in advance

Mark
 
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Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
Am I being overly ambitious?
No, you're not 😊

My wife and I walked from the other end of Lake Geneva to SJPdP (and further) in 2018.

We loved it!

We're slow walkers, so you would possibly take less time than we did: we walked 64 days from Geneva.

We stayed in chambres d'hôtes, so cost would be lower if you stay in gîtes.

We used the yellow guide for the bit between Geneva and Le Puy-en-Velay:

and the Miam Miam Dodo guide for the rest.
We didn't walk the Célé route, and I believe it is very nice.

Bon chemin !
 

Marky1965

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Past OR future Camino
Primitivo in September 2022
No, you're not 😊

My wife and I walked from the other end of Lake Geneva to SJPdP (and further) in 2018.

We loved it!

We're slow walkers, so you would possibly take less time than we did: we walked 64 days from Geneva.

We stayed in chambres d'hôtes, so cost would be lower if you stay in gîtes.

We used the yellow guide for the bit between Geneva and Le Puy-en-Velay:

and the Miam Miam Dodo guide for the rest.
We didn't walk the Célé route, and I believe it is very nice.

Bon chemin !
Thank you 👍😁
 
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2017 Camino Frances,
2019 C. Portuguese (inland).
Roughly 670 km? No, I don’t think it’s overly ambitious at all Mark, if you’re fit and have no injuries and if you have time on your side. It’s a walk, not a run. If that’s what you want to do, why not? You’re young, if “65” is the year you were born. Mate, I wish! I’d do it with my eyes closed, and I’m not a 65er. And if you have a walking partner, all the better. You’ll be singing and whistling most of the way. Beats sitting at home reading about it or, worse still, sitting at home and watching TV. Let us know how you go; I may well follow in your footsteps.
Go for it.
Happy hiking.
 

Marky1965

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Past OR future Camino
Primitivo in September 2022
Roughly 670 km? No, I don’t think it’s overly ambitious at all Mark, if you’re fit and have no injuries and if you have time on your side. It’s a walk, not a run. If that’s what you want to do, why not? You’re young, if “65” is the year you were born. Mate, I wish! I’d do it with my eyes closed, and I’m not a 65er. And if you have a walking partner, all the better. You’ll be singing and whistling most of the way. Beats sitting at home reading about it or, worse still, sitting at home and watching TV. Let us know how you go; I may well follow in your footsteps.
Go for it.
Happy hiking.
According to a gps track I just found, it’s 1091km…. Should be good 😎
 
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Hi

Am I being overly ambitious?
Since seeing this route it has captured my attention & I see it as my next challenge after my current one.
My question is,
From those that have done it, how did you find it? How long did it take? Daily cost on average.
I am thinking September 2023 at this stage.

Are there any good books to recommend?

Cheers in advance

Mark
My partner and I did it in three stages (due to him still working) and it was lovely. The yellow guide for the 1st part of the walk was great - you stay with people who actually live in the places, eat a good meal and get a good nights' sleep. It is 'donative' and we set 40€ as a nightly tarif. Unless it has changed, you will not meet too many people on the first stretch and enough to join a 'camino family' on the next (from Le Puy). check out our website if you want an idea of how it was https://www.carrick.ch/jakobsweg
We have only just completed the last stage (due to Covid) the trip from Moissac is not there yet. hope this helps. (p.s. - I'm 70, so it's definitely doable for someone your age!)
 
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2022
Go for it! I walked these two routes in Fall 2013…memorable! You might want to take a quick peek at my blog www.caminolongwalk.blogspot.com for some info.

Via Gebennensis from Geneva to Le Puy en Velay I walked in 13 days (was walking quite strongly)…see blog entries Days 19-31 Via Gebennensis for day to day pictures, places stayed etc. I have had the good fortune of walking 6 different Camino routes and for some reason Via Gebennensis stands out as a favourite…a gem!

Rest day blog in Le Puy en Velay

Via Podiensis from Le Puy en Velay to St Jean Pied de Port I walked in 27 days (again was walking strongly with fellow pilgrims who pulled me along 🤣). See blog entries Days 32 - 58 Via Podiensis for similar information.

If I was to return to walk these again I would surely add a few days extra 😂

Have fun planning…Buen Camino!

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Marky1965

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Primitivo in September 2022
Go for it! I walked these two routes in Fall 2013…memorable! You might want to take a quick peek at my blog www.caminolongwalk.blogspot.com for some info.

Via Gebennensis from Geneva to Le Puy en Velay I walked in 13 days (was walking quite strongly)…see blog entries Days 19-31 Via Gebennensis for day to day pictures, places stayed etc. I have had the good fortune of walking 6 different Camino routes and for some reason Via Gebennensis stands out as a favourite…a gem!

Rest day blog in Le Puy en Velay

Via Podiensis from Le Puy en Velay to St Jean Pied de Port I walked in 27 days (again was walking strongly with fellow pilgrims who pulled me along 🤣). See blog entries Days 32 - 58 Via Podiensis for similar information.

If I was to return to walk these again I would surely add a few days extra 😂

Have fun planning…Buen Camino!

Guy
Thanks Guy , that’s great. I will definately check out your blog.
Thanks again 👍👍
 

Marky1965

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Past OR future Camino
Primitivo in September 2022
My partner and I did it in three stages (due to him still working) and it was lovely. The yellow guide for the 1st part of the walk was great - you stay with people who actually live in the places, eat a good meal and get a good nights' sleep. It is 'donative' and we set 40€ as a nightly tarif. Unless it has changed, you will not meet too many people on the first stretch and enough to join a 'camino family' on the next (from Le Puy). check out our website if you want an idea of how it was https://www.carrick.ch/jakobsweg
We have only just completed the last stage (due to Covid) the trip from Moissac is not there yet. hope this helps. (p.s. - I'm 70, so it's definitely doable for someone your age!)
Sounds great. Thank you for the info & I will check out your link. 😁😁
 

Siegfried

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Camino Frances 2021
Camino Portugues 2022
Hi Mark

No i did not make it from Geneva .
But I experienced the Frances 2021 and I am already longing for the Portuguese

What I can share is an excellent bloggers documentary , for you unfortunately in german languages, who went from East Switzerland to Santiago. Passing Geneva , LePuy .....


give it a try

Siegfried
 

Marky1965

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Primitivo in September 2022

Kitsambler

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Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
At my own pace (15-18 km/day), the leg from Geneva was about 3 weeks; Le Puy to Cahors 3 weeks, and Cahors to SJPP 3 weeks again. Lodging on the Geneva section can be scarce as you are competing with tourists (not with other pilgrims), so reserving a day or two in advance (which you'd want to do anyhow for demi-pension or accuil jacues homestays) is a great idea.
Details here: https://kitsambler.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/packed-and-ready-2017/
 
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Marky1965

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Primitivo in September 2022
At my own pace (15-18 km/day), the leg from Geneva was about 3 weeks; Le Puy to Cahors 3 weeks, and Cahors to SJPP 3 weeks again. Lodging on the Geneva section can be scarce as you are competing with tourists (not with other pilgrims), so reserving a day or two in advance (which you'd want to do anyhow for demi-pension or accuil jacues homestays) is a great idea.
Details here: https://kitsambler.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/packed-and-ready-2017/
Thank you very much for that information 👍👍
 

Reija

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CF 2016, CP 2017, Jakobsweg Ulm-Constance 2017-2018, Via Jacobi 2018, (Via Gebennensis 2019)
At my own pace (15-18 km/day), the leg from Geneva was about 3 weeks; Le Puy to Cahors 3 weeks, and Cahors to SJPP 3 weeks again. Lodging on the Geneva section can be scarce as you are competing with tourists (not with other pilgrims), so reserving a day or two in advance (which you'd want to do anyhow for demi-pension or accuil jacues homestays) is a great idea.
Details here: https://kitsambler.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/packed-and-ready-2017/
@Kitsambler, I have so enjoyed your reports!
Warning: a lenghty text, a question in the end. About reservations and lodging. I followed a few conversations/ blogs last summer (2021) and sure enough, because of Covid19, finding lodging was obviously not that easy. Thus I am going to take a tent! In 2018 I left off a day before Lausanne and I now plan to continue from there later this month. I reserved a camping place in Lausanne and a hostel in Geneve. Now finally to the point: reserving a place for a tent in Switzerland was quite an ordeal, the reservation needed to be done to the smallest detail and a scanned ID was required. Now my question to those who have carried a tent in France. Does anyone know, did you always book ahead? And if so, did you make a phone call or write an E-mail. I'm horrified of the thought of trying to speak French on the phone.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Past OR future Camino
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
Now my question to those who have carried a tent in France. Does anyone know, did you always book ahead? And if so, did you make a phone call or write an E-mail. I'm horrified of the thought of trying to speak French on the phone.
While I haven't, I have observed others. There are quite a few campgrounds along the route (all listed in the MMD and Yellow Book), and booking seemed to be much the same as for gites et al. In Switzerland, there is particular demand for camping space due to the extremely high hotel prices, and this market pressure doesn't exist in rural France. I personally have reserved ahead both by email and by phone. For email, I exploited a friendly retired French professor. For phone, I elicited help from my lodging host or another pilgrim. Make an effort with your French; once the locals discover their bad English is better than your bad French, they will shift to English. The translation phone apps have gotten quite good and are very useful as well.

But back to the Lausanne-Geneva topic. I took a train. Brigitte also took a train. In medieval times, they would have taken a boat (it's a lake, for heaven's sake). There's not readily available and reasonably priced lodging on that section.
 

Reija

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Past OR future Camino
CF 2016, CP 2017, Jakobsweg Ulm-Constance 2017-2018, Via Jacobi 2018, (Via Gebennensis 2019)
Live update from Via Gebennensis. The gîte d’étapes are open again. The price we have been paying has been between 12-15 € for the bed (breakfast extra, and not always available) Finding lodging hasn’t been a problem. Last night we slept in a tent in Seyssel, but that was our own choice. We have met quite a few pilgrims. Nobody has wanted to see the covid19 certificates and masks are not required. Mind you, I don’t know about airports. We came by car from Germany and then walked over from Switzerland (in both countries all the corona measures are also dropped). There is an uplifting and grateful atmosphere. Walking the Camino after pandemic and while there’s a war in Europe makes you really really appreciate the privilege of walking through the beauty of nature and countryside.
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mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Live update from Via Gebennensis. The gîte d’étapes are open again. The price we have been paying has been between 12-15 € for the bed (breakfast extra, and not always available) Finding lodging hasn’t been a problem. Last night we slept in a tent in Seyssel, but that was our own choice. We have met quite a few pilgrims. Nobody has wanted to see the covid19 certificates and masks are not required. Mind you, I don’t know about airports. We came by car from Germany and then walked over from Switzerland (in both countries all the corona measures are also dropped). There is an uplifting and grateful atmosphere. Walking the Camino after pandemic and while there’s a war in Europe makes you really really appreciate the privilege of walking through the beauty of nature and countryside.
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Reija,
Thank you for your update and beautiful photo. Is that Seyssel?
Your final sentence is very poignant. May all of us who are alive now and in safety "really really appreciate the priviledge".
 
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