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Rich1

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Camino Frances (May 2015)
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#1
So after months of dedicated planning, I fly out to Madrid on Monday...without much of a plan :)

Camino Madrid onto Salvador, then Primitivo as far as time permits, before meeting daughter in Lugo, bus to Sarria and walking the last section to Santiago together.

Feels like my first Camino with the lack of plan and lack of knowledge of the route...and that’s good. The last 3 years, walking the Frances with Mrs Rich have been more planned - with the first few days accommodation always booked, and generally booking ahead for the next day as I always felt responsible for putting a roof over our heads (and 2 beds harder to be sure of than 1).

So, apart from flights, nothing booked and I’ll just go with the flow.

Having said that, I’m not feeling hugely motivated. One of my best friends took his own life in July which has affected me so much...it’s just so sad...such a waste. I will be walking with him in my heart. Knee is knackered too...years of running are finally catching up. I just hope the Camino will provide me with the the energy and peace that always seems to flow along it.

Just need to get going :)
 

Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
#2
May it be a time of healing and rejuvenation for you.
Could I suggest you walk from Lugo with your daughter? You'll reach the Frances in a couple of days anyway;-) And you might be in the walking frame of mind that does not want to hop on a bus prematurely!
 

Rich1

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#7
May it be a time of healing and rejuvenation for you.
Could I suggest you walk from Lugo with your daughter? You'll reach the Frances in a couple of days anyway;-) And you might be in the walking frame of mind that does not want to hop on a bus prematurely!
Thanks :)
Hadn’t considered that - but i don’t think Lugo to SdC ticks the 100km box for her - she’s flying into SDC and bussing it to Lugo
 

Rich1

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#8
Out of curiosity, why won't you guys start the walk in Lugo? It is also 100km from Santiago. :)
I didn’t think it quite made the 100km mark??
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
#9
I didn’t think it quite made the 100km mark??
If you start from outside the old city wall, it does. :) The city centre is like 99.something-km, So if you guys are meeting at the train station, that should already be enough.

Maybe @t2andreo can confirm this, as he was volunteering at the Pilgrim's office last month.
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#11
Hi, Rich,

Don't worry about (not enough) planning. Camino de Madrid has good infrastructure but is still considered as one of the less walked Caminos so there are a lot of chance to be the only one in albergue in half of them. Which along with flat terrain after Segovia would give you a lot of time for contemplation over your friend's fate.

It's good that you choose Madrid for the start because of your knee. The downhill over Guadarrama Ridge to Segovia isn't really tough/steep and is on very soft surface. And then all is flat more or less. People are friendly and you'll have a nice Camino. And by the time you will hit first (hilly) part of Salvador and then Primitivo you will be much fitter.

Anyway if some issue appears there is always someone from the CdM/Salvador/Primitivo alumni group here on the forum on-line and could help you.

Wish you Buen Camino!
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
#12
So after months of dedicated planning, I fly out to Madrid on Monday...without much of a plan :)

Camino Madrid onto Salvador, then Primitivo as far as time permits, before meeting daughter in Lugo, bus to Sarria and walking the last section to Santiago together.

Feels like my first Camino with the lack of plan and lack of knowledge of the route...and that’s good. The last 3 years, walking the Frances with Mrs Rich have been more planned - with the first few days accommodation always booked, and generally booking ahead for the next day as I always felt responsible for putting a roof over our heads (and 2 beds harder to be sure of than 1).

So, apart from flights, nothing booked and I’ll just go with the flow.

Having said that, I’m not feeling hugely motivated. One of my best friends took his own life in July which has affected me so much...it’s just so sad...such a waste. I will be walking with him in my heart. Knee is knackered too...years of running are finally catching up. I just hope the Camino will provide me with the the energy and peace that always seems to flow along it.

Just need to get going :)
Go well. I walked Madrod to Oviedo in June.
The day into Segovia was tough. Very long stage and inevitable, missed La Granja turn off, but that wouldn't have saved much. There are some stretches where you need to carry food for dinner boast and lunch as there is nothing in villages and bars, if there is one don't always serve food. It is a lonely route. Only met 8 other pilgrims in 18 days. More life on the Salvador.
Segovia was my highlight on Madrid route. Worth a rest day. Stayed at Hostal Natura.
Take care grieving, you will likely be alone a lot of the time unless you miraculously bump into someone compatible.
 

jpflavin1

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
#14
So after months of dedicated planning, I fly out to Madrid on Monday...without much of a plan :)

Camino Madrid onto Salvador, then Primitivo as far as time permits, before meeting daughter in Lugo, bus to Sarria and walking the last section to Santiago together.

Feels like my first Camino with the lack of plan and lack of knowledge of the route...and that’s good. The last 3 years, walking the Frances with Mrs Rich have been more planned - with the first few days accommodation always booked, and generally booking ahead for the next day as I always felt responsible for putting a roof over our heads (and 2 beds harder to be sure of than 1).

So, apart from flights, nothing booked and I’ll just go with the flow.

Having said that, I’m not feeling hugely motivated. One of my best friends took his own life in July which has affected me so much...it’s just so sad...such a waste. I will be walking with him in my heart. Knee is knackered too...years of running are finally catching up. I just hope the Camino will provide me with the the energy and peace that always seems to flow along it.

Just need to get going :)
Rich:

Planning not really needed on the Madrid. I only encountered two other Pilgrims my entire walk. Never had any issues with accommodation. This will not be anything like the Frances

San Salvador is also sparsely traveled. Primitivo is more moderately traveled.

The only difficult day on the Madrid is Cercedilla to Segovia (31km's). A nice walk with mountains, Pine forests and Meseta.

San Salvador is more hilly but very beautiful.

Primitivo is also very hilly and beautiful with the mountains to the south. I do not believe accommodation will be an issue on any of these routes.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

Rich1

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Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#15
Thanks to all for the kinds words of support and advice - much appreciated.

Getting quite excited now - you know, in that pre-Camino can't sit still and can't stop checking and repacking kit kind of way :)
 

Rich1

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Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#16
So I just thought I’d do a weeny bit of planning and email Ray y Rosa, but, oh no, they are away :eek:
That’ll teach me...back to minimalistic planning for me ;)
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#18
I wonder if Rich1 has started his camino?
 

Rich1

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Camino Frances (May 2015)
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#19
I wonder if Rich1 has started his camino?
Sorry to keep you all in suspense...yes I have!

I've had an interesting few days to put it mildly and I think may easier to comment when I've got more than a phone to tap. Suffice to say it's been an entertaining insight into the workings of my brain :rolleyes:

Sorry not though I am still walking my way to meet my daughter. I'm just not where I thought I would be ;);)
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#20
Sorry to keep you all in suspense...yes I have!

I've had an interesting few days to put it mildly and I think may easier to comment when I've got more than a phone to tap. Suffice to say it's been an entertaining insight into the workings of my brain :rolleyes:

Sorry not though I am still walking my way to meet my daughter. I'm just not where I thought I would be ;);)
So where are you? In Leon?
If you took a train from Segovia to Valladolid/Leon today you obviously won't finish Camino de Madrid?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#21
Sorry to keep you all in suspense...yes I have!

I've had an interesting few days to put it mildly and I think may easier to comment when I've got more than a phone to tap. Suffice to say it's been an entertaining insight into the workings of my brain :rolleyes:

Sorry not though I am still walking my way to meet my daughter. I'm just not where I thought I would be ;);)
you are surely keeping us in suspense! well done, safe walking, and happy meeting up with your daughter.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18
#23
Can't wait to hear about it as I am hoping to complete my aborted Camino Madrid next April.
 

MikeJS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#24
I was looking forward to following this route but it looks like there will be no more updates…..
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#25
I was looking forward to following this route but it looks like there will be no more updates…..
If I understood correctly from another thread @Rich1 trained from Segovia to Leon. He wasn't back on the forum much since then.
 

Rich1

Active Member
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Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#26
I will write some more about my Camino montage when I get home, but in essence I walked to Segovia, trained to Leon, did a bit of the Salvador, came back to Leon, joined the Frances (for reasons that became apparent to me), and am now in Gonzar having eaten my fill of chorizo and drunk a bottle of wine.

Plan now is to walk to Melide, then backtrack on the Primitivo to Lugo where I will meet Miss Rich. Then bus to Sarria and walk from there. It's her first Camino journey so starting in Sarria is just fine.

So...in summary...it's been one hell of a journey but I am now on the right road :)
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#27
I will write some more about my Camino montage when I get home, but in essence I walked to Segovia, trained to Leon, did a bit of the Salvador, came back to Leon, joined the Frances (for reasons that became apparent to me), and am now in Gonzar having eaten my fill of chorizo and drunk a bottle of wine.

Plan now is to walk to Melide, then backtrack on the Primitivo to Lugo where I will meet Miss Rich. Then bus to Sarria and walk from there. It's her first Camino journey so starting in Sarria is just fine.

So...in summary...it's been one hell of a journey but I am now on the right road :)
As long as you're enjoying it all is well. And will be!

But you are one lucky guy. If I would be able to find Miss Rich I guess I'd be on Camino twice each year ;)
 

Rich1

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Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#28
But you are one lucky guy. If I would be able to find Miss Rich I guess I'd be on Camino twice each year ;)
Oh, I am very lucky...I have Mrs Rich at home too :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#29
I will write some more about my Camino montage when I get home, but in essence I walked to Segovia, trained to Leon, did a bit of the Salvador, came back to Leon, joined the Frances (for reasons that became apparent to me), and am now in Gonzar having eaten my fill of chorizo and drunk a bottle of wine.

Plan now is to walk to Melide, then backtrack on the Primitivo to Lugo where I will meet Miss Rich. Then bus to Sarria and walk from there. It's her first Camino journey so starting in Sarria is just fine.

So...in summary...it's been one hell of a journey but I am now on the right road :)
I don’t like that it has been one hell of a journey, but yes I like seeing that you are on the ‘right road’, and on the way to meet your daughter.
 

Rich1

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2015)
Camino Frances (2016-2018)
A complicated Camino from Madrid (Aug/Sep 18)
#30
Yes, "Hell" was not the best word to use. It has been an interesting Camino with many ups and downs - literal and metaphoric!

However I have had several Camino moments and meetings that have shown me why I am walking this way at this time. The Camino is wonderful like that .

So I am a happy Rich...even on this misty, drizzly Galician morning
 

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