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Anna Machial

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Looking at a map the Primitivo seems to follow a major highway from Oviedo to just past Salas. Is the highway a distraction for the pilgrim or are there footpaths through the countryside that keep the highway out of sight and out of mind?
 
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lettinggo

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Hola

Most of Primitivo is through nature paths and woods, smaller rural areas and some larger cities.
When I walked it, the experience was one of going uphill and downhill, and not one of walking tarmac roads.
You are in for a great walk. Enjoy it.

Buen Camino,
Lettingo
 

evanlow

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My walk in 2007 is through the path. However, it was raining the day I arrived in Oviedo and the path in that section were particularly muddy and slippery. When I arrived in Tineo, the hospitalero who looked younger than his age told me the mud is special and what keeps his looks young (joking?). He told me due to the rain I should have walked along side the road. That's because I had fell on the mud and scrap my lower arm on a tree root so needed some medical attention when I got to Tineo. Maybe that's the reason they had change it. The rest are nice mountain path and not as muddy as that stretch. Or maybe the people there were just protecting their beauty product? ........ :)
 

mralisn

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Fully looking forward to this no matter mud or dry. Thank you for the description.
 

Tia Valeria

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Looking at a map the Primitivo seems to follow a major highway from Oviedo to just past Salas. Is the highway a distraction for the pilgrim or are there footpaths through the countryside that keep the highway out of sight and out of mind?
Terry says that you should be able to find helpful answers on this thread:-
http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/much-road-walking.18923/#post-142565
In addition:-
We walked the forest track into Tineo and it was horrendous, the alternative along the road is much shorter and not literally nearly knee deep in mud and water. If the Camino has been re-routed at Sta Eulalia it can only be a good thing.
 
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evanlow

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Just found this video on the Primitivo. It's both an map route and a stop gap photography images of the whole day of walking so you can visually see everything on that path.


So far the author has posted only 3 etape on YouTube. I am subscribing to the author and hopefully the rest will be there soon, especially Pola de Allande – Embalse de Salime (my fav).
 

Anna Machial

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Thank you for your answers. I'm not too worried about mud and rain though I will probably by pass mud knee-deep, so thanks for the warning. I will be checking out the links provided. This forum is a great one. Pilgrims must be special people!!
 

Anna Machial

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Also, besides sore feet and mud, I am concerned about noise and danger from traffic. I'm assuming from the responses that the paths are not along the highway, and that the secondary roads are not terribly busy. That doesn't seem to be a concern.
 

Tia Valeria

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Most road walking is side roads, or the path is beside the road. There is much less traffic than most of us are used to at home.
The roads are fairly quiet, the only difficult place IMO is the stretch above the dam as you approach Grandas de Salime. There are hairpin bends so you need to keep listening for traffic coming towards you at the 'blind' spots. So long as you walk facing the oncoming traffic there is always a wide sloping area to stand on if you are concerned. This is one place where we wore our reflective vests so that we really showed up to the drivers. We found them very courteous in driving well clear of us. They are used to pilgrims.
 
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CanPete

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Yes, I agree with Anna [ THANKS evanlow !] , the Youtube photo cascade is a great way of getting an idea in regards towhat a (rainy) day on the Primitivo looks like. Was this particular trip in March / April (basing this guess on where the vegetation is at ...)?
 

econodan

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Caminos Catalan, Aragones, part of Frances, Ruta del Salavador, Primitivo, and Finisterre (2012);
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We didn't find too much road walking when we were on the Primitivo in 2012, and most of what we did experience was light-traffic roads. I agree with Tia that the stretch above the dam going in to Grandes de Salime was a little dicier, but not overly scary.
This camino is through beautiful terrain and we met many friendly and helpful townspeople along the way. Lucked out to have dry weather (late June), so the mud was not as bad as it can be. Stage by stage descriptions and pics on our blog here.
Buen Camino.
 

CanPete

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Past : Northern route, Primitivo
Future : Via de la Plata, Sanabres, Portuguese routes
Fully looking forward to this no matter mud or dry. Thank you for the description.
When are you going to be on the Primitivo ?
 

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