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Santiago to Oviedo

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Mummaholio

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Camino(s) past & future
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I am walking the Portuguese way, starting in May, and would like to continue on from Santiago to Oviedo. Has anyone any experience of doing this route? i.e. Primitivo in reverse.
 

jennysa

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
While walking the Primitivo last year I came across a lady returning to France this way. It looked very daunting and I wondered at the time what motivated her to do it in reverse. It is quite tough compared to other routes as it is, but very rewarding
 

andycohn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (12-15); Muxia (15); Portuguese, Primitivo (17); Norte, Ingles, VF partial (18), Le Puy (19)
If you're anti-social and don't like talking to people while you're walking, or meeting up with the same people two nights in a row, could be the way to go. But since some of the direction arrows will be on the wrong side of the tree you're approaching, I'd suggest you have a gps track to follow. That moving blue dot won't care whether you're going in the "right" direction or not.

Or you could do as we did when we finished the Portuguese. Just get on a bus in Santiago for Oviedo, and walk it the "right" way.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2009), Camino Frances (2012), Via de la Plata (2013) and Camino del Norte planned for May, 2015
Heehee...the only 'reverse camino' I have walked was from Santiago de Compostela to Lavacolla. It is HARD. Unless you have definite signage, you have to stand in the middle of every crossroad and visualize how you would interpret the waymarks if you were coming from the 'right' direction. Once you get into the rhythm of it, it is not too difficult. Buen Camino sez I.
 

Mummaholio

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
None
If you're anti-social and don't like talking to people while you're walking, or meeting up with the same people two nights in a row, could be the way to go. But since some of the direction arrows will be on the wrong side of the tree you're approaching, I'd suggest you have a gps track to follow. That moving blue dot won't care whether you're going in the "right" direction or not.

Or you could do as we did when we finished the Portuguese. Just get on a bus in Santiago for Oviedo, and walk it the "right" way.
I did think of that. It just feels right to continue on in the same direction. Don’t ask my Why? Cos I don’t know.
 

MikeJS

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (12), VdlP (16). Sureste/Invierno (17). Olvidado/San Salvador/Primitivo (19)
Should not be a particular problem and I can see the attraction of just keeping on going! I would use a wikiloc track as you can choose which way to walk it. Also with wikiloc you do not have to keep looking at the phone as it will alert you if you are more than about 100m off track.
 

El Cascayal

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo May 2019
Invierno November 2019
Ingles April (2020) postponed
While walking the Primitivo last year I came across a lady returning to France this way. It looked very daunting and I wondered at the time what motivated her to do it in reverse. It is quite tough compared to other routes as it is, but very rewarding
While walking the Primitivo last year I came across a lady returning to France this way. It looked very daunting and I wondered at the time what motivated her to do it in reverse. It is quite tough compared to other routes as it is, but very rewarding
Anita, from Toulouse. I met her in May on the Primitivo we talked for about 30 minutes, though neither one of us spoke each other’s language.
 

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jennysa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
Anita, from Toulouse. I met her in May on the Primitivo we talked for about 30 minutes, though neither one of us spoke each other’s language.
Yes exactly her. I felt so sorry for her because the albergue was full and she had to carry on walking all on her own in the opposite direction.
 

El Cascayal

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo May 2019
Invierno November 2019
Ingles April (2020) postponed
Yes exactly her. I felt so sorry for her because the albergue was full and she had to carry on walking all on her own in the opposite direction.
Oh no, how sad. She is a trooper. I wish I had her contact information. We met May 22 2019 near Palas de Rei. Do you remember where you met?
 

jennysa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
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Oh no, how sad. She is a trooper. I wish I had her contact information. We met May 22 2019 near Palas de Rei. Do you remember where you met?
Just before Ferreira. The big albergue there was closed and the only open one was turning pilgrims away so that they had to walk on to Melide. Fortunately we had phoned ahead and booked but she had also been turned away. I thought that she was quite incredible.
 

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