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Pictures that show you totally outside your comfort zone on the Camino!

Camino Chris

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Well, Kevin, I agree with Suzanne on this. I skimmed through my Camino photos on all 4 of my Camino routes, but I'm happy and smiling in every picture. Must not have been thinking of taking pictures in the adverse weather I walked in. Thankfully it was a rare occurance!
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
The big one for me was walking across the Puente de los Santos into Ribadeo. OMG, I thought I was gonna DIE. The sidewalk is VERY narrow with a rather LOW railing to the left, where the drop off to the water is. Unprotected, or insufficiently protected edges, TERRIFY me. To the right was a high fence separating said sidewalk from the autopista where huge trucks were thundering by, each of them shaking the damn bridge as it passed. I was a wreck and nearly paralized with fear. I inched across mostly sideways, gripping the fence with my hands. Fortunately there was no one else behind me on the sidewalk trying to get me to go faster. Needless to say, I couldn't take ANY pictures of the view, let alone a selfie. I was doing the Norte from Oviedo. This year I want to do the ENTIRE Norte from Irún and I am already stressing about this bridge. I was thinking maybe I could lie down in the road at the beginning of the bridge, have a psychotic meltdown, and someone would take pity on me and drive me across!

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Kevin Whitten

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sept. - Oct. 2012
The big one for me was walking across the Puente de los Santos into Ribadeo. OMG, I thought I was gonna DIE. The sidewalk is VERY narrow with a rather LOW railing to the left, where the drop off to the water is. Unprotected, or insufficiently protected edges, TERRIFY me. To the right was a high fence separating said sidewalk from the autopista where huge trucks were thundering by, each of them shaking the damn bridge as it passed. I was a wreck and nearly paralized with fear. I inched across mostly sideways, gripping the fence with my hands. Fortunately there was no one else behind me on the sidewalk trying to get me to go faster. Needless to say, I couldn't take ANY pictures of the view, let alone a selfie. I was doing the Norte from Oviedo. This year I want to do the ENTIRE Norte from Irún and I am already stressing about this bridge. I was thinking maybe I could lie down in the road at the beginning of the bridge, have a psychotic meltdown, and someone would take pity on me and drive me across!

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I had exactly the same experience! It was terrifying!

Beware that there is no taxi facility in the town before you cross, I know as I tried.

Good luck with the psychotic meltdown. You may see traces of my psyche by the side of the road :)
 

Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
I had exactly the same experience! It was terrifying!

Beware that there is no taxi facility in the town before you cross, I know as I tried.

Good luck with the psychotic meltdown. You may see traces of my psyche by the side of the road :)
I see on Gronze.com that there is an alternative from La Caridad via Vegadeo that avoids that bridge. It is the historic Camino before the bridge construction in 1989.
 

Phil71

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2014,2016),Primitivo (2015), San Salvador (2017), Norte (2018), Ingles (2018)
I see on Gronze.com that there is an alternative from La Caridad via Vegadeo that avoids that bridge. It is the historic Camino before the bridge construction in 1989.
It might just be my poor memory but I'm sure there is an option for a ferry across?
 

Jeff Titelius

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (León to Santiago) 2018
After walking all morning and then having to climb the steps leading to Portomarin, I was wiped out. All I remember was how tired I was and how I couldn't wait to sit down to vino tinto y mi bocadillo! I wouldn't say I was totally out of my comfort zone but nearing its leading edge. LOL . 20180923_135400.jpg
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
I had exactly the same experience! It was terrifying!

Beware that there is no taxi facility in the town before you cross, I know as I tried.

Good luck with the psychotic meltdown. You may see traces of my psyche by the side of the road :)

You won't be applying for this job then?


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alansykes

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Except the Francés
The big one for me was walking across the Puente de los Santos into Ribadeo. OMG, I thought I was gonna DIE. The sidewalk is VERY narrow with a rather LOW railing to the left, where the drop off to the water is. Unprotected, or insufficiently protected edges, TERRIFY me. To the right was a high fence separating said sidewalk from the autopista where huge trucks were thundering by, each of them shaking the damn bridge as it passed. I was a wreck and nearly paralized with fear. I inched across mostly sideways, gripping the fence with my hands. Fortunately there was no one else behind me on the sidewalk trying to get me to go faster. Needless to say, I couldn't take ANY pictures of the view, let alone a selfie.
It is a nasty bridge, but the views from it over the Eo estuary are gorgeous (I was going to say "to die for", but that might be insensitive):

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Penny Kingma

M.S. Can't Stop Me !
Camino(s) past & future
May 29th to July 4th 2016
SJPDP to Santiago
And many, many more I pray
DD5C3E41-198B-4FA6-ADDC-AEF87F745A30.jpegSitting on a rock right along the Camino. Noticing a Horrible smell and realizing the gap created in the rocks was being used as a toilet. Never got used to pilgrims relieving themselves or the dumping of litter along the Camino.
 

ELHS220

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
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I'm always making friends with strange animals, but this one convinced me that it wasn't a good idea.
Whoa! I totally forgot about THIS little encounter. Right up there with the BRIDGE. It goes without saying that I did not try to create a selfie.Camino (7998).JPG
 

Pelegrin

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Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
Very interesting photo. Is this on Via de la Plata ?
For the bulge in its belly seems a bull !!.
but of course no bravo.
I am Spaniard and never have seen a black bull free. I wonder if black bulls (no bravos) are dangerous.
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled caminos francés, Finisterre, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018)
View attachment 51251Sitting on a rock right along the Camino. Noticing a Horrible smell and realizing the gap created in the rocks was being used as a toilet. Never got used to pilgrims relieving themselves or the dumping of litter along the Camino.
Hmm. The offenders must surely have been well out of their comfort zone to squat there!
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
Very interesting photo. Is this on Via de la Plata ?
For the bulge in its belly seems a bull !!.
but of course no bravo.
I am Spaniard and never have seen a black bull free. I wonder if black bulls (no bravos) are dangerous.
El Camino Francés entre Samos y Sarria. En realidad, no me parecía muy peligroso aunque me dio un susto. Se interesaba más por las vacas.
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Pelegrin

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Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
El Camino Francés entre Samos y Sarria. En realidad, no me parecía muy peligroso aunque me dio un susto. Se interesaba más por las vacas.
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It must be a cow. If it were a bull then would be a stallion, but I don' t see any benefit in terms of meat yield of calves in the mix with the cows on the photo. Furthemore, I would bet that those cows are treated with artificial insemination.
 

André2112

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances + Finesterre April/May (2018)
Camino Norte August (2019)
I Guess he means Dovre, we dont have Dumbar in Norway. Dovre is great though!
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
In Finisterre on the 7th of November. So rainy and windy and cold that it was totally ridiculous ! A bit out of my comfort zone, oh yeah, but unforgettable ! :)
This could have been me in early May after leaving Castrojerez in the morning on the Meseta. Ahhh, the memory...love it (in hindsight)!☺
 

Antonius Vaessen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015-2016 VdlPlata - Sanabres
2016.Primitivo
2017 Salvador
2018 Norte?
The big one for me was walking across the Puente de los Santos into Ribadeo. OMG, I thought I was gonna DIE. The sidewalk is VERY narrow with a rather LOW railing to the left, where the drop off to the water is. Unprotected, or insufficiently protected edges, TERRIFY me. To the right was a high fence separating said sidewalk from the autopista where huge trucks were thundering by, each of them shaking the damn bridge as it passed. I was a wreck and nearly paralized with fear. I inched across mostly sideways, gripping the fence with my hands. Fortunately there was no one else behind me on the sidewalk trying to get me to go faster. Needless to say, I couldn't take ANY pictures of the view, let alone a selfie. I was doing the Norte from Oviedo. This year I want to do the ENTIRE Norte from Irún and I am already stressing about this bridge. I was thinking maybe I could lie down in the road at the beginning of the bridge, have a psychotic meltdown, and someone would take pity on me and drive me across!

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I remember walking this bridge last year. It was not a nice walk, I don't remember that it scared me. What made this stretch still more unpleasant was that there were two cyclists with their bikes "in hand" coming from the other side.
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 05/17 brazo roto Portomarín
Francés 09/17, 09/18 SJPdP - Fisterra
Portuguese ~05/19
@annie.perso
I must have been a couple of days behind you. This is from Olviero on November 9, 2018.:eek::D:cool:
 

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dd581

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Sep./Oct. - Camino del Norte (- Avilés) - Oviedo - Camino del Salvador (reverse) - Camino Francés (León - SdC) - Camino Inglés - SdC - Múxia - Finisterre
2017 Apr. Camino Portugues (Porto - SdC)

nordmark

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Camino(s) past & future
Del norte
I had exactly the same experience! It was terrifying!

Beware that there is no taxi facility in the town before you cross, I know as I tried.

Good luck with the psychotic meltdown. You may see traces of my psyche by the side of the road :)
I also ran the camino de norte from Irun. I can not remember that this bridge was so scary. Have more enjoyed it from the beautiful view. Oh yes, I am suffering from height fear!
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
I would not say I am ever outside my comfort range but here are some challenging moments on the San Salvador.

From water, to large frozen drifts and of course ankle deep mud. A very interesting few days walk. If you look closely in first picture you can see yellow arrow.
 

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The big one for me was walking across the Puente de los Santos into Ribadeo. OMG, I thought I was gonna DIE. The sidewalk is VERY narrow with a rather LOW railing to the left, where the drop off to the water is. Unprotected, or insufficiently protected edges, TERRIFY me. To the right was a high fence separating said sidewalk from the autopista where huge trucks were thundering by, each of them shaking the damn bridge as it passed. I was a wreck and nearly paralized with fear. I inched across mostly sideways, gripping the fence with my hands. Fortunately there was no one else behind me on the sidewalk trying to get me to go faster. Needless to say, I couldn't take ANY pictures of the view, let alone a selfie. I was doing the Norte from Oviedo. This year I want to do the ENTIRE Norte from Irún and I am already stressing about this bridge. I was thinking maybe I could lie down in the road at the beginning of the bridge, have a psychotic meltdown, and someone would take pity on me and drive me across!

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The big one for me was walking across the Puente de los Santos into Ribadeo. OMG, I thought I was gonna DIE. The sidewalk is VERY narrow with a rather LOW railing to the left, where the drop off to the water is. Unprotected, or insufficiently protected edges, TERRIFY me. To the right was a high fence separating said sidewalk from the autopista where huge trucks were thundering by, each of them shaking the damn bridge as it passed. I was a wreck and nearly paralized with fear. I inched across mostly sideways, gripping the fence with my hands. Fortunately there was no one else behind me on the sidewalk trying to get me to go faster. Needless to say, I couldn't take ANY pictures of the view, let alone a selfie. I was doing the Norte from Oviedo. This year I want to do the ENTIRE Norte from Irún and I am already stressing about this bridge. I was thinking maybe I could lie down in the road at the beginning of the bridge, have a psychotic meltdown, and someone would take pity on me and drive me across!

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Ray J

Where exactly are we?
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015)
Portuguese & Rota Vicentina (2016)
Le Puy & Paris to Moulins (2017)
Via Francengina (2018)
Two experiences in Portugal. A rope helped on this part, but there wasn't anything but scrub brush to grab on another section that was even steeper, so no time for pictures then.
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Then there was boulder hopping at low tide on super slick rocks.
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Finally (no picture) leaving Cahors, you climb very steep/uneven/large steps with no handholds - This is a place where you definitely don't want to lose your balance! Probably the most disconcerting of all.
 

Maggie Y

Maggie
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte Sept 2013
Camino del Norte Sept 2014
Camino del Norte 2015,16,17,18
I remember that bridge. I thought that it was never going to end! And it was super windy up there.
Fortunately it was tipping down with rain when we crossed and this must have kept me distracted from the other perils. This wasnt what I thought at the time!
 

Kevin Whitten

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sept. - Oct. 2012
After spending a winter in the arctic where we thought we had a heat wave if t reached 40 degrees below 0, I made a commitment not to walk the Camino between November and March.
As a couple of the other posters have been kind enough to point out, this was in fact the Dovre mountains. I don't know what I was thinking with the Dumbar mountains (probably describing my own condition) but I never know what I'm thinking :). That said, this picture was taken at the beginning of June.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May and October 2015
(2015 October)
June 2018 Portuguese
Passing through the Dumbar mountain range in Norway.
Yikes!!!! WAAY our of my comfort area for sure. Had all the snow I need to last my lifetime slogging to school in Western NY state. A "snow day" was just a day to put on your snow suit and start to school earlier. Isn't Norway a little more attractive in summer??
Admire your courage though!

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howlsthunder

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Camino Francés (2018)
Camino Francés (2020)
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I don't drink because I can't STAND the taste and smell of alcohol. Wine might as well be battery acid to me. But along the Camino I enjoyed many family-style dinners that sported homemade wine and it felt rude not to at least try it. Never did take - I still hate alcohol. This is a picture of me sampling the wine at the wine fountain - because IT'S A WINE FOUNTAIN. And TRADITION. So any time alcohol was involved I was WAY out of my comfort zone.
 

newfydog

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona-Santiago, Le Puy- Santiago, Prague- LePuy, Menton- Toulouse, Menton- Rome, Canterbury- Lausanne, Chemin Stevenson, Voie de Vezelay
I'm not Catholic, and I almost never attend religious services. The rest of the trip is right up my alley.
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WayWalker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2016
On the Portuguese Camino we had dinner in with a Portuguese family in Gijon. Barely anyone spoke English and we were gregariously accepted into the fold. I thought the grandmother was going to choke me and the daughter liked my husband a little too much after too much wine and port! Lol.😂
If meant Grijo. Gijon was on my recent Norte. My caminos runneth together.
 

Liz Drew

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Coastal Portuguese
2018 Via de la Plata
(2019) del Norte
I had exactly the same experience! It was terrifying!

Beware that there is no taxi facility in the town before you cross, I know as I tried.

Good luck with the psychotic meltdown. You may see traces of my psyche by the side of the road :)
You’re not helping me!! I lam walking the del Norte in September this year. I am NOT looking forward to this stretch. I note that there’s possibly an alternative?
If I do take this approach and see someone lying semi comatose I may possibly join them
 

Liz Drew

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Coastal Portuguese
2018 Via de la Plata
(2019) del Norte
I would not say I am ever outside my comfort range but here are some challenging moments on the San Salvador.

From water, to large frozen drifts and of course ankle deep mud. A very interesting few days walk. If you look closely in first picture you can see yellow arrow.
Great photos? Couldn’t see the arrow though!
 

inmari

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - Pamplona (2013)
El Camino de San Olav, Burgos - Covarrubias (2014)
Pamplona - SdC (2015)
Whoa! June??? What day of the year is summer in Norway?
Haha! Last year we had a long summer in the eastern part of Norway, from end of June till some time in August. But at that time I was walking the St. Olavsleden from Selånger. Sweden, to Stiklestad, Norway, and the wildfires in Jämtland really scared me! One morning the southern hills were swept in smoke from one of these fires, and I could smell it as well. And then I was told that this particular wildfire was about 100 km south of where I was! Luckily, I never saw it again.
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
You’re not helping me!! I lam walking the del Norte in September this year. I am NOT looking forward to this stretch. I note that there’s possibly an alternative?
If I do take this approach and see someone lying semi comatose I may possibly join them
Liz:

It is a bit of a breezy walk but not dangerous and the views are spectacular.

Ultreya,
Joe
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
I read the bits about the San Salvador route, and I say Amen. I very much love that camino, but it has tried to kill me a couple of times.
As for "comfort zones," I had a snow experience similar to T2Andro´s up there in March 2009, when the path was still waymarked near the ground... I had to use orienteering skills to keep on the path. Later that year, in September, I went back with an English friend who had a GPS unit (we wrote the first English guide), and walked into a thunderstorm at the top of the Sierra de Cuchillos pass above Busdongo. It was the coolest thing... you could actually see water condensing out of the clouds before your eyes! And then...KABOOOOM! My hair stood up, we hit the ground, the whole world went blindingly bright!! The rocks behind Piers were smoking... The lightning bolt missed us by about three meters.
I RAN straight down the side of that mountain, despite the underbrush and snakes and cow patties and pouring rain.
Piers thought I was really funny. He took a picture, but it´s not something you wanna look at!
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Two experiences in Portugal. A rope helped on this part, but there wasn't anything but scrub brush to grab on another section that was even steeper, so no time for pictures then.
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Then there was boulder hopping at low tide on super slick rocks.
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Finally (no picture) leaving Cahors, you climb very steep/uneven/large steps with no handholds - This is a place where you definitely don't want to lose your balance! Probably the most disconcerting of all.
Where in Portugal was your first picture taken with the hand rope? I'm walking the Portuguese this spring and in my research have not heard of this mentioned before.

I loved walking those steep stairs leaving Cahors after the bridge. Just don't turn around until you get to the top and all will be well!
 

Ray J

Where exactly are we?
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015)
Portuguese & Rota Vicentina (2016)
Le Puy & Paris to Moulins (2017)
Via Francengina (2018)
Where in Portugal was your first picture taken with the hand rope? I'm walking the Portuguese this spring and in my research have not heard of this mentioned before.

I loved walking those steep stairs leaving Cahors after the bridge. Just don't turn around until you get to the top and all will be well!
The bridge was closed that day to get set up for Bastille Day, so we had to walk several miles out of our way just to get to those steps, so morale among the team was at a low point even before starting up. :D

The pictures are from the Rota Vicentina (starting in Sagres, taking the Fisherman's Trail), prior to getting on the Portuguese. If you can work the RV into your plans, you won't be disappointed - the scenery is spectacular! Tall cliffs, crashing waves, interesting villages ... we loved it. (Although, by the end of the day, your shoes will be two sizes smaller due to the sand in them. ;))

But, hey, I just noticed on your profile that you're planning to do the RV this year. I am so jealous - I'd love to do it again but, you know, so many trails, so little time.
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Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Yes, I am walking the RV Fisherman's Way first, but going north to south, ending in Sauges, then a bus or train up to Porto to begin there. Glad to hear you enjoyed the RV! I'm excited, but a little apprehensive due to all the sand and some of the cliffs!:eek:
 

Ray J

Where exactly are we?
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015)
Portuguese & Rota Vicentina (2016)
Le Puy & Paris to Moulins (2017)
Via Francengina (2018)
Yes, I am walking the RV Fisherman's Way first, but going north to south, ending in Sauges, then a bus or train up to Porto to begin there. Glad to hear you enjoyed the RV! I'm excited, but a little apprehensive due to all the sand and some of the cliffs!:eek:
I don't recall Sauges, but as you can tell, we went south to north. The order we went in included (Historical Way) Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Carrapateira, Arrifana, Aljezur, (Fisherman's Way) Odeceixe, Zambujeira, Almograve, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Porto Covo. (We had to get to Lisbon so we needed to skip a couple of sections following Porto Covo, but they weren't along the ocean so we were ok with that.)

In Odeceixe I can recommend staying at Casa Morais - it's like staying at your favorite grandmother's house. Really good breakfast included. Other than that the only other place I highly recommend is Arrifana Retreat in Arrifana, but you're not going there, apparently.

The sand really isn't that bad - just take breaks to empty your shoes occasionally. Yes, you do get near cliffs, but it's worth it. I will say this: we had great weather - if the weather is bad, knowing what I know now, I might think twice depending how bad it is. I mean, there's always tomorrow, amirite?

BUT, you will be fine! This is one of the finest trails I've been on, and then to follow that up by getting on the Portuguese ... well, you've got a great experience awaiting you.
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Yes, I will be in Arrifana. Starting in Porto Covo south to Sauges. Not taking the Historical Way at all as will not have time for everything.
Thank you for the tips, much appreciated!
 

Peter Aulbury

Ozgrino
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances #1 by bike Pamplona to SdC May - June, 2014...(duration 14 days). CF # 2 May, 2015 SJPdp to SdC on foot (duration 40 days)...planning for #3.
It was my first Camino in 2014, by bike. Rain was on the Meseta and the clay stuck to my bike tyres like riding through peanut butter. Not a tree in site, not a twig or stick to be found. I had one splayd (a spork) that helped to flick out the clay. It was like this for kms and the only respite was to clear the mud and push the bike wheels along on top of the few blades of grass to the side. As the day got dryer and hotter, the mud dried and was not so sticky...I was out of my comfort zone for part of that day. Next Camino in 2015 was on foot, a completely different experience.
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c0484

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2013
As a couple of the other posters have been kind enough to point out, this was in fact the Dovre mountains. I don't know what I was thinking with the Dumbar mountains (probably describing my own condition) but I never know what I'm thinking :). That said, this picture was taken at the beginning of June.
Hiked Norway in good weather and in a blizzard.
 

Carol Larson

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April (2017)
After walking all morning and then having to climb the steps leading to Portomarin, I was wiped out. All I remember was how tired I was and how I couldn't wait to sit down to vino tinto y mi bocadillo! I wouldn't say I was totally out of my comfort zone but nearing its leading edge. LOL . View attachment 51190
How I remember those stairs! I thought, "What a cruel joke." People sitting on the steps near the top took I look at me and quickly moved.
 

Ray J

Where exactly are we?
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015)
Portuguese & Rota Vicentina (2016)
Le Puy & Paris to Moulins (2017)
Via Francengina (2018)
Interesting that your 2015 experience was so different, because when we did it that year we ran into the exact same situation you described for 2014, except prior to the Meseta. We were on foot, but the mud came over the tops of our shoes, and people on bikes were not having much fun. By the time we got to the Meseta, though, we were having great weather which we really appreciated.
 

Liz from San Diego

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Camino(s) past & future
We are planning to do the Camino Portuguese in May!!
The big one for me was walking across the Puente de los Santos into Ribadeo. OMG, I thought I was gonna DIE. The sidewalk is VERY narrow with a rather LOW railing to the left, where the drop off to the water is. Unprotected, or insufficiently protected edges, TERRIFY me. To the right was a high fence separating said sidewalk from the autopista where huge trucks were thundering by, each of them shaking the damn bridge as it passed. I was a wreck and nearly paralized with fear. I inched across mostly sideways, gripping the fence with my hands. Fortunately there was no one else behind me on the sidewalk trying to get me to go faster. Needless to say, I couldn't take ANY pictures of the view, let alone a selfie. I was doing the Norte from Oviedo. This year I want to do the ENTIRE Norte from Irún and I am already stressing about this bridge. I was thinking maybe I could lie down in the road at the beginning of the bridge, have a psychotic meltdown, and someone would take pity on me and drive me across!

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Yikes!!! We are planning to do the Norte route in 2020. But I sure do not want to cross that bridge!!!!
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
This was on my last climb up Mt Rainier, and one of the last climbs period before deciding this part of my life needed to retire. :) It had really begun hitting me that I was becoming atypically palm-sweating nervous and over cautious to the point that it was a lot less enjoyable and fulfilling than when I was younger.

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I read a true story book by a guy who had hiked Mt. Rainier with a pal. They were roped together when the pal fell in a glacier crevase, died and pulled his friend down with him. It took about a week to climb out through sheer determination and ingenuity....No wonder you feel "done", Dave!
 

Ray J

Where exactly are we?
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015)
Portuguese & Rota Vicentina (2016)
Le Puy & Paris to Moulins (2017)
Via Francengina (2018)
Yes, I will be in Arrifana. Starting in Porto Covo south to Sauges. Not taking the Historical Way at all as will not have time for everything.
Thank you for the tips, much appreciated!
Well, if you stay at Arrifana Retreat, say "Hi!" to Kate and Stimpy, the owners, for me. Super nice couple, and very helpful. The part of the trail where I said there were just scrub brush handholds is on the way to Almograve (vice versa for you, or course). After the Cahors climb, maybe it's not as steep as I remembered :). And that picture of my girlfriend on the rope was taken on the day to Zambujeira.

Not trying to be a wiseguy, but do you mean "Sagres"? I can't locate Sauges.

Here's a video you might be interested in: https://www.adventure.travel/adventure-in-motion/rota-vicentina
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
The worst camino-photo shows me sleeping on a bench at Bilbao bus-station. I stranded there on my way back home. I did feel totally uncomfortable, but my tiredness won in the end. My mom took the photo with her old analogue camera, so I can not post it here.

The second worst situation was my walk to Santiago in May 2013. It had been raining for 5 days without a break, everything was soaked and even my camera refused to work.

The third was on Camino Primitivo last june. The path covered by mud, reaching up to my knees. Me balancing on a wall with a barb wire on it. No time to take a photo/selfie!

I think, that in the really bad situations you are not capable of taking a photo. But remembering them afterwards and acknowledging that you survivied, makes you smile and feel happy!
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Well, if you stay at Arrifana Retreat, say "Hi!" to Kate and Stimpy, the owners, for me. Super nice couple, and very helpful. The part of the trail where I said there were just scrub brush handholds is on the way to Almograve (vice versa for you, or course). After the Cahors climb, maybe it's not as steep as I remembered :). And that picture of my girlfriend on the rope was taken on the day to Zambujeira.

Not trying to be a wiseguy, but do you mean "Sagres"? I can't locate Sauges.

Here's a video you might be interested in: https://www.adventure.travel/adventure-in-motion/rota-vicentina
Thank you, I will take a look at the video and yes, I did mean Sagres! I will say hi to Kate and Stumpy for you, oops, I mean Stimpy at Arrifana retreat!😄
 
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Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
While enjoying my walk in a quiet bucolic setting I was rattled a bit when I turned around and saw this van barrelling its way towards me; it was certainly not something I was expecting on that narrow path. I realized afterwards that it was a backup vehicle for a group of physically challenged individuals on camino.
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Kevin Whitten

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sept. - Oct. 2012
Liz:

It is a bit of a breezy walk but not dangerous and the views are spectacular.

Ultreya,
Joe
This is all very jolly but if you have any issues with acrophobia, this is not a good place to be. While I love the "unicorns" and "rainbow" interpretation of the Camino as much as the next guy, the reality is that we can all react to situations differently and as such, a very normal situation for one can be a difficult and potentially dangerous one for another. No disrespect but I still don't like clowns :) For that matter, some people love the dogs on the Camino but others because of some type of trauma may be terrified by being confronted by one. Know your limits and work around them. Don't be afraid of being afraid. Be sensible and don't be influenced by others that may not have any understanding of what you are going through. In the alternative, bring a 6 pack :)
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
52101Torre de los clerigos in Porto. I'm in there somewhere, making my way up to the top. Way out of my comfort zone. When I was eighteen, I had no problem climbing up the spiral staircases in medieval edifices. I remember blithely climbing the Notre Dame in Paris. As I got older, that ability disappeared. Now all I can think is that if only one person stumbles, it's dominoes all the way down.
 

Camino Chris

One step forward...
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Is that really you, Laurie? Are you sure you were still having a good time? Knowing you...yes, you were!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF April 4- May 12, 2018
CP April 2019
In 1973 i had a bad horse experience been terrified of them ever since until i met this sweetie outside of Pieros. We shared some dried mango, my fear gone. Magical things happen on the Camino💜🐴💜5210552105
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Yikes!!! We are planning to do the Norte route in 2020. But I sure do not want to cross that bridge!!!!
There used to be a boat, but I think it is no longer operating. The first time I walked across the bridge, it was under construction and it was a Sunday, so it was a piece of cake. A couple of years ago, with the bridge finished, I had to cross on that path. I kept telling myself the authorities know what they are doing, they have good engineers, and they do not want me to fall to my death. It worked, and I made it across. And then, the late afternoon visit to the Playa Catedrales totally wiped that scary moment from my consciousness. Try to make it there, it is awesome!!!
 

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