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Recent fires in Galicia & Sanabres / Invierno routes

Discussion in '"LIVE" from the camino' started by Anne Louise, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Anne Louise

    Anne Louise New Member

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    Anyone know if the September / October fires in Galicia affected the Camino de Invierno and the Camino Sanabres? Have looked in Spanish press to find fire locations with no luck, just know that Ourense province was badly affected
     
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    natefaith Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

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  3. Anne Louise

    Anne Louise New Member

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    Thanks for news. Not sure if walking or not, plan was the Sanabres from Ourense late in November but route goes through a major burned area may put it off until spring. From not very detailed map on Faro de Vigo site looks like first two days after Ourense go through fire area.
     
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    Pruden Pilgrim of life Donating Member

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    I'm right now doing Camino de Invierno, today I'm at Rodeiro 3 Etapas before Santiago , I haven't see any area that was affected by fire ( only some little parts ).
    Let me tell you that Camino the Invierno is something completely different than Camino Frances , very few facilities , few shops, no albergues, ( only pensions an Hostals, )be prepare for journeys of 30 and 35 kilometers without seen anyone, I have not met any pilgrims so far after 1 week on Camino the Invierno, I travel alone and your mind and your good shape is a must.
    Think about it before start because most people give up after 2 o 3 journeys!
     
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  5. Anne Louise

    Anne Louise New Member

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    Thank for info about the fires, Pruden, good to hear it was not badly affected. Also for news about differences with Camino Frances, a friend did the Camino Invierno and said it was lovely, I've cycled in the area and would like to walk it, as an experienced hiker not too worried about physical or mental challenges though good to know need to think ahead for supplies and sleeping. Still thinking about dates, may wait until early spring.
     
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    Pruden, you hit the nail on the head. And your experience is one of the reasons why the Camino de Invierno has not "caught on". This year-to-date, short of 500 people walking this route were recorded in the Santiago Pilgrims' Office. (for comparison, just under 78'000 walked from Sarria :()
    On the other hand, the Invierno alternative to the Frances is young in its being organized for more attractive facilities to pilgrims. The scope is huge.;)
     
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    For another view, perhaps, on the aftermath of fire (the great changer).

    The Beloved and I walked the Primitivo this spring. Five weeks after the fires that took out most of the forest between Buspol and the Embalse de Salime. Having walked it twice previously I was upset to see the destruction. I had described to the Beloved in advance a day of walking through forest and boar and deer and exotic birdlife and she found it to be a disheartening stretch of an otherwise beautiful route. But we saw two deer; an Oriole and everywhere green shoots. Many plants long shrouded out by the density of pine forest were seizing there opportunity to flourish in the sun. There were spectacular views of the embalse that I had never seen before. As we descended into the Chestnut forest just before the dam I was relieved to discover it had escaped much of the burn though there was obvious scorch on some of the taller trees. There was ash in the wind-hollows and still that smell of wet charcoal. But so much life bursting out of chaos.

    A reminder for me that change is inevitable; a reminder to the Beloved that she walks her own camino - not my previous ones: and a reminder to both of us that camino is the journey not the scenery.
     
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    Sraaen Steven Raaen Donating Member

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    I finished Sanabres a week and a half ago. You can see burnt areas but not much. I walked through about 100 meters of burnt area.
     

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