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Mid-Sept Start Date......Thoughts Please

BiggBlue

Robin
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 17 Frances to Ponferrada,
April 18 Ponferrada to SDC,
Sept 18 Portugese,
Sept 19 Primitivo
I have like so many others this year had to postpone my Camino, which was to be the VdlP. I rescheduled to begin on Sept 17th and have been watching the COVID related news with a watchmakers eye.

The news coming to the UK was that the increase in cases were in the north and south-east predominantly. Though cases were still being reported in Seville as well. More recently I have read there is now a decline in cases being observed. However, I appreciate this is a moving target which is hard to predict. My puzzle to ponder is as the VdlP is a quieter and initially more remote Camino, is it likely that much of the Camino infrastructure - albergues, cafes, hostals ect... be closed. Plus is it likely to be pilgrim free too. I ask because much as I enjoy walking on my own I delight in the companionship of cafes and albergues, the meeting of new friends who you bump into again and again.

I have to make a decision by the 11th Sept and would appreciate and information about the current situation, and the wisdom of (at least starting - with the option to return to the UK to self-isolate should the need arise)

Thanks
 
I have like so many others this year had to postpone my Camino, which was to be the VdlP. I rescheduled to begin on Sept 17th and have been watching the COVID related news with a watchmakers eye.

The news coming to the UK was that the increase in cases were in the north and south-east predominantly. Though cases were still being reported in Seville as well. More recently I have read there is now a decline in cases being observed. However, I appreciate this is a moving target which is hard to predict. My puzzle to ponder is as the VdlP is a quieter and initially more remote Camino, is it likely that much of the Camino infrastructure - albergues, cafes, hostals ect... be closed. Plus is it likely to be pilgrim free too. I ask because much as I enjoy walking on my own I delight in the companionship of cafes and albergues, the meeting of new friends who you bump into again and again.

I have to make a decision by the 11th Sept and would appreciate and information about the current situation, and the wisdom of (at least starting - with the option to return to the UK to self-isolate should the need arise)

Thanks
Hi Bigg Blue
If you look up Forum De La Plata, which I have just discovered,you will find up to date information on accomodation which is currently open on this Camino.
It is not linked to the Camino de Santiago forum.
Hope this helps you decide.
Buen Camino
 
Hi Bigg Blue
If you look up Forum De La Plata, which I have just discovered,you will find up to date information on accomodation which is currently open on this Camino.
It is not linked to the Camino de Santiago forum.
Hope this helps you decide.
Buen Camino
Forgot to add it's on the Gronze website under Via de la Plata.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Please reconsider as things are getting out of control again in Spain. I believe if you check Ivar’s updates he recommends waiting. Think of the risks to others even if you are willing to take the risk yourself. Especially if you have an asymptotic infection.
 

Ernesto.IT

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
I have like so many others this year had to postpone my Camino, which was to be the VdlP. I rescheduled to begin on Sept 17th and have been watching the COVID related news with a watchmakers eye.

The news coming to the UK was that the increase in cases were in the north and south-east predominantly. Though cases were still being reported in Seville as well. More recently I have read there is now a decline in cases being observed. However, I appreciate this is a moving target which is hard to predict. My puzzle to ponder is as the VdlP is a quieter and initially more remote Camino, is it likely that much of the Camino infrastructure - albergues, cafes, hostals ect... be closed. Plus is it likely to be pilgrim free too. I ask because much as I enjoy walking on my own I delight in the companionship of cafes and albergues, the meeting of new friends who you bump into again and again.

I have to make a decision by the 11th Sept and would appreciate and information about the current situation, and the wisdom of (at least starting - with the option to return to the UK to self-isolate should the need arise)

Thanks
I have like so many others this year had to postpone my Camino, which was to be the VdlP. I rescheduled to begin on Sept 17th and have been watching the COVID related news with a watchmakers eye.

The news coming to the UK was that the increase in cases were in the north and south-east predominantly. Though cases were still being reported in Seville as well. More recently I have read there is now a decline in cases being observed. However, I appreciate this is a moving target which is hard to predict. My puzzle to ponder is as the VdlP is a quieter and initially more remote Camino, is it likely that much of the Camino infrastructure - albergues, cafes, hostals ect... be closed. Plus is it likely to be pilgrim free too. I ask because much as I enjoy walking on my own I delight in the companionship of cafes and albergues, the meeting of new friends who you bump into again and again.

I have to make a decision by the 11th Sept and would appreciate and information about the current situation, and the wisdom of (at least starting - with the option to return to the UK to self-isolate should the need arise)

Thanks
Keep in mind that if you get sick from Covid 19, you will not be able to travel back, so you will have to stay 15 days in quarantine at your expense, and hoping to get better in that time or you have to be hospitalise in Spain. if you think you can cope with all that, is up to you. Ultreia
 
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peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
you will find up to date information on accomodation which is currently open on this Camino.

Here is a link to the list.
This is a good resource, but note that the date of the list is June 27. That seems like several lifetimes ago, and I can’t see that there has been any update, but maybe I’m wrong about that. Spain’s situation has definitely changed since then, so I think you are going to have to make sure about what’s open on a daily basis as you walk.
 

BiggBlue

Robin
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 17 Frances to Ponferrada,
April 18 Ponferrada to SDC,
Sept 18 Portugese,
Sept 19 Primitivo
Please reconsider as things are getting out of control again in Spain. I believe if you check Ivar’s updates he recommends waiting. Think of the risks to others even if you are willing to take the risk yourself. Especially if you have an asymptotic infection.
I agree that caution is required, plus I have a personal responsibility to others, which is my first consideration
when it comes to embarking on this or any Camino. My doctor friends tell me it is in crowded spaces (offices, public transport, public events`) which on the Camino are particularly easy to avoid and if one sleeps in isolation then the risk is reduced significantly. However as things stand I think it is more likely I will postpone this trip.
 

BiggBlue

Robin
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 17 Frances to Ponferrada,
April 18 Ponferrada to SDC,
Sept 18 Portugese,
Sept 19 Primitivo
This is a good resource, but note that the date of the list is June 27. That seems like several lifetimes ago, and I can’t see that there has been any update, but maybe I’m wrong about that. Spain’s situation has definitely changed since then, so I think you are going to have to make sure about what’s open on a daily basis as you walk.
Thanks. I think it is changing on a daily basis and Albergues too are closing and opening in a slightly haphazard way. My main concern is after a long day walking it will be frustrating to discover there is nowhere to stay. ~got my thinking hat on and scratching my chin in contemplation. But at the moment I think another postponement is running at 80% probability.
 

BiggBlue

Robin
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 17 Frances to Ponferrada,
April 18 Ponferrada to SDC,
Sept 18 Portugese,
Sept 19 Primitivo
This is a good resource, but note that the date of the list is June 27. That seems like several lifetimes ago, and I can’t see that there has been any update, but maybe I’m wrong about that. Spain’s situation has definitely changed since then, so I think you are going to have to make sure about what’s open on a daily basis as you walk.
I have checked the online booking for
SEVILLE:
Albergue Triana, Inés. Though its website says it is open all year, any dates I tried to book - they say no availability. I even tried dates later in the year and got the same response, so I doubt they are at 100% capacity every day. My guess they are closed.
 

jony jony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
I was planning to drive down to Salamanca ( just to decrease the risk of plane travel ) from the U K in mid September , park my car somewhere and then catch the bus ( still a risk i know ) down to Seville . I am having trouble finding a hotel in Salamanca where i can park my car for longer than my nights stay . So far i have contacted 3 hotels , one tell me they are closed untill at least June 2021 :eek: Wow , will they ever open again ?
The second hotel tells me they will allow parking but at 15 Euros per night and the 3 rd has not yet replied .

I am now planning to leave around 4th October in the hope that maybe there will be more info on open auberges along the camino . I have a tent but am loathed to drag it along if i dont really need to .

Any up to date info would be most helpful .

Regards.....John
 

BiggBlue

Robin
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 17 Frances to Ponferrada,
April 18 Ponferrada to SDC,
Sept 18 Portugese,
Sept 19 Primitivo
I was planning to drive down to Salamanca ( just to decrease the risk of plane travel ) from the U K in mid September , park my car somewhere and then catch the bus ( still a risk i know ) down to Seville . I am having trouble finding a hotel in Salamanca where i can park my car for longer than my nights stay . So far i have contacted 3 hotels , one tell me they are closed untill at least June 2021 :eek: Wow , will they ever open again ?
The second hotel tells me they will allow parking but at 15 Euros per night and the 3 rd has not yet replied .

I am now planning to leave around 4th October in the hope that maybe there will be more info on open auberges along the camino . I have a tent but am loathed to drag it along if i dont really need to .

Any up to date info would be most helpful .

Regards.....John
John
I have looked at all the options and there is no way I can realistically see how it will be practical. There will be numerous challenges and I suspect it will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
I don't give up easily but common sense has made me realise best to postpone!! ☹
 

jony jony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
At the moment i am wondering if i have to leave it another year ( i will be 77 ) will i have the health and fitness to do this camino .
We are all at risk from this evil virus wherever we are ,and on the few occasions i have walked down the local high St i have been close to more people in 20 mins than i would have been in 4 days on the Via . Am i really at more risk on the Via de la Plata that staying at home and living my normal life ?

My main concern was getting to Spain without mixing with too many people , so that is why i thought of my car .

I loath the thought of not being able to do this camino one more time and for me time is a precious commodity .

I am thinking hard about ways to reduce the risk down to an acceptable level for me and am not tied to any particular date , so i will keep digesting info from anywhere that will help .

Regards.....John
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
At the moment i am wondering if i have to leave it another year ( i will be 77 ) will i have the health and fitness to do this camino .
We are all at risk from this evil virus wherever we are ,and on the few occasions i have walked down the local high St i have been close to more people in 20 mins than i would have been in 4 days on the Via . Am i really at more risk on the Via de la Plata that staying at home and living my normal life ?

My main concern was getting to Spain without mixing with too many people , so that is why i thought of my car .

I loath the thought of not being able to do this camino one more time and for me time is a precious commodity .

I am thinking hard about ways to reduce the risk down to an acceptable level for me and am not tied to any particular date , so i will keep digesting info from anywhere that will help .

Regards.....John
I sympathise with you and appreciate your problems. I am 82 and time conscious. To me, my time on Camino IS my normality and time off it is just a long queue in the waiting room :) I have a similar problem in that taking all precautions whilst in Spain is one thing, its the getting there and back with safety that becomes the real issue. I do not own a car and therefore am dependent on public transport, ferries, flights et al. This to me, negates all my consideration for others whilst IN Spain as I am placing myself and others at risk trying to get to and fro. I have placed my next Camino on hold till early next year when I will consider everything all over again!

Walk soft, stay safe and as ever, Vaya con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

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