- Past OR future Camino
- Frances, (2016); Norte, (2018); Primitivo, (2019);
First day on the Olvidado, with plans to walk to Ponferrada and connect with Invierno into Santiago. Very pleasantly surprised with how well marked it is. Took the Stage 12A option in the Olvidado app. Used Wise Pilgrims offline map as backup GPS. Not surprisingly, saw no other pilgrims. I found nothing open—the bar in La Ercina is closed and for sale—bring food. Most of the towns have water available, so no issue there. Uphill for the first two thirds, but gentle. Overall, a very pleasant walk—about 80 percent well maintained dirt and gravel roads, and the rest asphalt with minimal traffic. A very nice Camino day—flowers blooming everywhere, most wild orchids I’ve seen. Only loose dogs were friendly. Unfortunately that included the stray (but nice) black lab that followed (led) me to Bonar the last 90 minutes. Didn’t encourage him, but couldn’t shake him.