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One Week To Go

Davroos

Active Member
So one week till I fly to Porto to start my walk and I think I was better prepared a month ago !!! So many thoughts running through my head

Where will I get my sellos?
Will I find a bed each night
Eating?
Water?
Etc.....

I sit here in London pondering these thoughts but know it is to late to pull out. The flights are booked and we will be off. I am looking forward to it but .......
 

nellpilgrim

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SDC-Fisterra 08/Camino Frances SJPP to SDC 09/Nuremburg-SDC 11- ongoing
Oh you lucky thing its going to be gorgeous. And I'm afraid I'm deeply jealous :mrgreen: of your spring Camino!
Nell
 

JohnnieWalker

Nunca se camina solo
Davroos

Your fears are still my fears when I'm setting out...but the sellos will be there and so will the beds and so will the food - deliciously so on the CP - as for water...there are shops, there are fountains!

Enjoy and let us all know how you get on.

Buen Camino

John
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
The Portuguese Camino is muinto bem!

You're going to have a delicious time!

Think about the beautiful scenery, the DELICIOUS FOOD (500 ways they make bacalau!!!), the friendly people with great senses of humor, the exercise.

It will be fine. :D
 

kstaylor

Member
Exciting, isn't it! I won't be starting out of Porto until mid-April, but am flying to Paris tomorrow, and doing a lot of last minute errands. Some worrying too, but mostly about the flight -- it is on BA and we could get stuck in London, although BA is claiming our connecting flight to Paris is still scheduled. And until two days ago, it looked like our Paris-Porto flight on March 31 was going to be cancelled -- fortunately there was a last-minute settlement between TAP and its pilots.

Boa Viagem,
Kit
http://www.arovingvision.com
kst@arovingvision.com
 

muppet

Member
Hey Davros!

I'm heading that way as well. :) I Will be arriving in Porto on the 30th of April and leaving three days later for Santiago..........which day are you guys planning to start walking?

Its all a new experience for me and cant wait to arrive in Porto and begin my adventure!
 

muppet

Member
Hi again!

Yes I'll be leaving Porto on the morning of the 2nd from the cathedral so will probably see you guys somewhere along the route that day although I've read that the first bit from Porto to Vilar do Pinheiro (that I'm planning to walk the first day) can be a bit hazardous due to walking along a main road so might need to put a bright orange jumpsuit on that day I think :wink:

And yes I will be playing tourist for a few days first ! :D
 

Davroos

Active Member
Yes, we might see you at the Se if you are there for opening.

As we are planning to walk this in 8 days, we will be doing 39 K's on that first day !!!
 

Davroos

Active Member
Nothing booked except the Porto and Santiago. The rest, I am going to play it by ear !!!

39 K's is ok, means we have a nice relaxing 15 K's on day 2. I was also worried that where you are walking to, there are according to the guide book, only 4 beds
 

muppet

Member
Yes my thoughts exactly...I'm intentionally not booking anything in advance to keep my options open about how far i walk, how long i stay and where I walk to. I just hope the decision doesnt rebound but i guess I'll learn as i go along even if it is sometimes the hard way. 4 beds? that doesnt sound many and its hard to say how busy its going to be on the route at this time of year. was that at the Residencial Santa Marinha? With any luck I'll arrive there by lunchtime and then have time to search around. Its either that or send an email ahead to reserve a room if possible and available.
 

muppet

Member
Hi Jean-Marc,

Thanks for the link! :D The review looks promising. Lets hope the same friendly owner is there as in 2007! Two days to go before i leave.....times flying and the forum is proving useful, sociable and friendly...if this is a taste of the camaraderie on the camino its going to be good.
 

Davroos

Active Member
Hi

Sorry, I got mixed up. I thought you meant Vilarhino !!! This only has four beds.

Tell me, how long are you planning to take for this Muppet?
 

muppet

Member
Hi Davroos,

For the Portugese camino 11-14 days depending if i take a break here or there and how i'm managing. I have given up my job to do this so dont have any time pressure. After that I want to travel down to Seville and walk back up again to Santiago from there arriving at the end of July. Its also dependant on when the money runs out so I'll need to try and live frugally if possible to make the whole experience last as long as possible :roll:
 

muppet

Member
Ok Davroos!

Im flying off this evening so probably wont be online much anymore....might see you guys somewhere on the first day. I'll probably leave between 8 and 9 from the cathedral on the 2nd...weather forecast isnt looking too good unfortunately for the coming days but that might change....If i dont see you have a great time and good luck on the road.

Cheers

Muppet
 

Davroos

Active Member
Yes Muppet, we will be at the Se around the same time. Just look for a couple of Dodgy Aussies !!!

I saw it could be wet. I have looked at various different sites but they say don't say the same, just like a good weatherman !!!

Good luck with your walk
 

Davroos

Active Member
Thanks Rose. Looking forward to it now, but I only have one worry. Whilst back in Sydney a four weeks ago, I walked the first two stages of the The Great North Walk, Circular Quay to Berowra and my knees died, so I am hoping they will handle it. I did a 22K walk two weeks ago in London, and felt ok. I was meant to go for one more long walk but my G/F was feeling a little sick, so we forgot about it, so just resting up at present !!!

Anyway, 1.5 more days of work to go, I am packing at present, I have around 6-7 kilos, so I am happy about that.

Enough babbling !!!
 

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
And don't forget...if it gets too heavy...mail IT HOME!!! We did and never missed the stuff at all! Will be thinking of you and praying for lovely weather! Rose Louise & John, my husband and I all had..well let's say damp :roll: weather!! to say the least! So I'm sending you warm sunny dry thoughts and prayers! Buen camino..it will truly all work itself out! Karin :) :arrow:
 

Davroos

Active Member
Hi

Thanks for all thoughts from all of you out there. I am now getting excited as I get closer, I can't wait actually, but I do have another question.

My G/F's greatest fear is finding toilets on the route. Easy or difficult?

Thanks
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Please read this thread:

frequently-asked-questions/topic7983.html?hilit=toilet#p48045

Rose, PLeASE TAKE A HANDKERCHIEF AND DO NOT STREW TP on the trails!
You can wash it out each night when you wash your other clothing.

Use the alburgue, bars (order a drink or buy a snack), or restaurants to do your BMs.
Please do NOT leave them laying on the trail for others to enjoy.

Please do not do your business in shelters where others might need to get out of the rain. It is disgusting.

That said.. don't worry... everything will work itself out just fine :D :D :D
 
D

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There are bars and restaurants regularly, so it is easy to find a bathroom. Toilet paper can be a different story.
 

muppet

Member
Hi davroos.

I ended up leaving à day early and after 3 days walk have reached ponto de Lima with sore feet but having fun. THE new hostel here is great! Catch u later maybe. howz it going?

Cheers

muppet
 

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