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Arctic_Alex

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Walking Camino Frances April 2019
Today I finally arrived in SJPdP. Torrential downpour, strong gusts of wind ... bit intermittent moments of less rain and finally: some sun :) even though the spells of sun are frequently interrupted by substantial rain, it gives at least some hope for to:)

Route Napoleon is closed, probably for days to come as there is heavy snowfall up in the mountains.

Waiting for my first pilgrims menu to be served just now. Looking forward to my first day tonorrow!
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Arctic_Alex

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking Camino Frances April 2019
Today I met the first forum member on the Camino. I do not know her online name though ;-)

Weather wise it was a mixed day, sun,overcast and even snowfall.
Endet up in Espinal for the night.
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aperfectmess

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I will walk Camino Frances in April 2019.

Beeks

Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2019) only 2 weeks available! St. Jean PDP - Pamplona, then Sarria - SDC with the family,
Nice pictures.... what section was the snowy one? Behind you by several days. Flying Sunday, departing SJPdP on Wednesday. Looks like it's Valcarlos for us.

Buen Camino!
 

Arctic_Alex

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking Camino Frances April 2019
Nice pictures.... what section was the snowy one? Behind you by several days. Flying Sunday, departing SJPdP on Wednesday. Looks like it's Valcarlos for us.

Buen Camino!
The snowy bit was close to the highest point of the Valcarlos route.
So enjoy the way ... So much good food.. it is a bit like I am eating my way to Santiago :) ... but no worries, I will leave some for you ;-)
 

Beeks

Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2019) only 2 weeks available! St. Jean PDP - Pamplona, then Sarria - SDC with the family,
Leave me the pigs ears, roast suckling pig, and the pulpo!

Ultreia!
 

Miki Goldie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis SJPP
April 2016, August 2017, May 2018
Camino PortuGUESE
May 2019
Today I met the first forum member on the Camino. I do not know her online name though ;-)

Weather wise it was a mixed day, sun,overcast and even snowfall.
Endet up in Espinal for the night.
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Lovely photos!
How does one meet other forum members? Are there forum badges on clothing or backpacks ....members don't always have there faces showing.....do you just ask if they are a F Members
Anyway, buen Camino....
Love
 
Hi if the Napoleon route is closed is the Valcarlos route an alternative, as in does the Valcarlos route close when the Napoleon route closes?
Hope to cross from SJPDP to Roncesvalles Sunday Next April 14th.
Any help appreciated.
Buen Camino
Peter
 

SFletcher

Una flecha sigue una flecha
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP - Pamplona (2018); Pamplona - Burgos (2019)
The Napoleon route is higher, and while half of it is on paved road, sections of it are on a track. That means it is less accessible for rescue services, so it is safer to close it in winter months. The Valcarlos route goes through a valley which also has a main road, so it does not get closed. Some winter pilgrims have had to slog through snowdrifts in other years, but at this stage it should be ok on the Valcarlos route. The Pilgrim office in St Jean are very helpful and will have the most up to date advice.
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
Hi if the Napoleon route is closed is the Valcarlos route an alternative, as in does the Valcarlos route close when the Napoleon route closes?
Hope to cross from SJPDP to Roncesvalles Sunday Next April 14th.
Any help appreciated.
Buen Camino
Peter
When the Napoleon route is closed, the ValCarlos is the only walking route to Roncesvalles. It is open when the Napoleon is closed.
I suppose it is possible for the weather to be so bad that walking either route is not recommended.
 
When the Napoleon route is closed, the ValCarlos is the only walking route to Roncesvalles. It is open when the Napoleon is closed.
I suppose it is possible for the weather to be so bad that walking either route is not recommended.
Thanks for the Info.
Due to arrive April 13th, normally walk alone but will have a party of 4.
Should be interesting!
Thanks again.

Peter
 

Arctic_Alex

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking Camino Frances April 2019
Lovely photos!
How does one meet other forum members? Are there forum badges on clothing or backpacks ....members don't always have there faces showing.....do you just ask if they are a F Members
Anyway, buen Camino....
Love
Well, I think there are badges, but I do not have any. And I do not show my face properly on here either.
So this was discovered only by pure luck! We happened to have beds in the same room and later to have the pilgrims menu at a table of four. So you talk a lot and the suddenly It was discovered that I must be Arctic Alex ;-)
 

Arctic_Alex

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking Camino Frances April 2019
Ok, the walk continued! With highs and lows of course ... ;-)
Quite a lot of rain, also real downpour and just two days ago I got caught in a thunderstorm with hail and heavy rain in the Meseta 50 km before Leon. I actually enjoyed that even though my trousers got soaked ;-)
A real low was when a nice fellow pilgrim who was severly sick passed his feverish cold on to me in an Albergue. I lived through 3 nights of fever myself, but stayed away from Albergues myself during that time. I consider it irresponsible to put other people recklessly in danger ... apparently others do not care. (I know your face mate! I hope for your sake we never meet again!)
Of course my daily mileage went down on the fever days, but still I am maintaining an 33k/day average since SJPdP.
Another low was two subsequent Albergues being still closed, opposing official information in all up-todate-lists. That forced me to walk 45k one day. A lot even for me ;-)
But overall a pleasant experience so far! Left Leon this morning.
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Miki Goldie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis SJPP
April 2016, August 2017, May 2018
Camino PortuGUESE
May 2019
Well, I think there are badges, but I do not have any. And I do not show my face properly on here either.
So this was discovered only by pure luck! We happened to have beds in the same room and later to have the pilgrims menu at a table of four. So you talk a lot and the suddenly It was discovered that I must be Arctic Alex ;-)
Thanks for replying to that Alex. As I've said I have now glued my forum badge on my bag, just pointing backwards. Bit of a laugh.....
Love
 

FamPed

Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
There are many different Pilgrim Routes and Caminos in life.
You did it! Congratulations pilgrim. ☺ I loved your photos, please share some more if you like.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
24 days - that's so fast that I'm only discovering your thread now and you've already finished, Alex.
Well done, peregrino - may you enjoy Santiago!
 

CdnDreamer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2015 & 2018) San Salvador (2018)
Congratulations! I took 42 days with no rest days or illness to deal with - I knew you were going fast, but that was really fast. Glad you had a great time. You take great pictures. Enjoy Santiago!
 

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