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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
Portugués / Mozárabe (2019)
#5
There’s a lot of mud on the Primitivo at the moment. We also have fog, mist and heavy cloud cover every day, but only one really bad day of rain out of eight so far.

We just try to enjoy the precious little moments the camino provides, even in bad weather, like this:

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Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#8
What is with all this rain? Camino Norte ... muddy hiking shoes ... wet and sweat .... mud and crud ... sometimes it hard to be a pilgrim
Sometimes it's hard to be a woman. Oh! Wait. You're a man.

Well, sludge through the mud. This too shall pass.
 
Camino(s) past & future
StJPdP/Santigo 18/9-16/10/17
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17
Hendayne/Santiago 21/4-29/5/
#10
Yes, it's hard to be a pilgrim on the Norte but so rewarding. Walking into Santiago was magic on Tuesday afternoon. Locals calling out encouragement, fellow Norte pilgrims we knew welcoming us everywhere as we neared the Pilgrim Centre, it couldn't have been better. Hang in there as it will be so worth it....
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte Sept 2013
Camino del Norte Sept 2014
Camino del Norte 2015,16,17,18
#18
What is with all this rain? Camino Norte ... muddy hiking shoes ... wet and sweat .... mud and crud ... sometimes it hard to be a pilgrim
Sorry to hear this. Hopefully it will change soon. Where are you now?
What is with all this rain? Camino Norte ... muddy hiking shoes ... wet and sweat .... mud and crud ... sometimes it hard to be a pilgrim
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte/Primitivo 2018
#19
And you haven’t even mentioned the smell of the albergues full of unwashed pilgrim socks and more because no chance of getting anything dry!
Seriously! I can't believe people are hanging their clothes out to dry. They must have days before they need them!
 

volleyjanice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
08/2013 St. Jean Pied de Port-Belorado, 08/2015 Burgos- Santiago/Finisterre/Muxia, 08/18 Portugese
#23
Without the rain you wouldn't have an excuse to buy a gorgeous rain poncho. Fashionable and practical (said nobody ever!).
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, VdlP 2016, Fishermans Walk, Sultan's Trail (2017), Portugese and el Norte (2018)
#25
Not as bad as tramping 40 plus kms to finally find an albergue open at Liendo and at A Traba
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#27
In walked the Camino once where there was no rain for over three weeks. So sunny and dry. One day I looked on the net for the extended forecast all the way to Finisterre. There was only the most minimal chance shown there rest of the way. I opened my backpack and looked at that poncho rolled up at the bottom. That poncho I had been carrying for three weeks needlessly. Useless weight carried. I then looked the donativo table in the albergue. I then looked at the poncho again. Ten minutes later I was walking out the door of the albergue sans poncho in backpack. So liberating, lol.
and no, it did not rain on me once all the way to Finisterre....
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#28
Back when I was in another life I learned that "They don't call the game on the account of rain" and that you still had to stand guard duty, etc.
Yes, and when someone with more stripes than you says over and over, "if it ain't raining, it ain't training". So you slog along, swearing when you were a civilian you'd never walk or sleep in the rain and muck again, lol.
I use to curse that guy(s) under my breath, but I never outranked them so I kept my piehole shut, lol.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014
VDLP 2017
Camino de Levante (2018)
#29
What is with all this rain? Camino Norte ... muddy hiking shoes ... wet and sweat .... mud and crud ... sometimes it hard to be a pilgrim
Yikes, I have been watching the weather!! I keep thinking of those medival pilgrims who walked before us without our rain gear, synthetic, lightweight packs and gortex...and they walked home again after. Bless you and keep smiling!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (2016) Camino Portuguese (2017) Considering Invierno 2019
#31
My first Camino (Ingles) was four and half days of torrential rain and one day of Sunshine. The last day into Santiago was glorious.
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#32
Yes, and when someone with more stripes than you says over and over, "if it ain't raining, it ain't training". So you slog along, swearing when you were a civilian you'd never walk or sleep in the rain and muck again, lol.
I use to curse that guy(s) under my breath, but I never outranked them so I kept my piehole shut, lol.
"Basic training was a vacation, and your AIT was a tiptoe through the tulips. Starting in 30 mikes, you will curse me, you will hate me, you will want to kill me, and you will pray that your training and suffering will start getting easier. Hear this, and hear it well.... for the next 62 days you are mine. And for each of those days my cadre will make sure that you know that the only easy day was yesterday."

As soon as I was able, I jotted that welcome speech down into my little notebook so I wouldn't forget it. Now, these many years later, I can still feel the gut clenching sensation of "what the heck have I gotten myself into." :eek::oops:
 

Jim

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006- Camino Portuguese
2008- Camino Frances
2009- Sanabres extension of the VDLP
2010- Camino Frances
2011- Camino Potuguese
2014- Camino Frances
2017- Camino Finisterre
#33
Winter camino 2014, I prayed each day for mud cessation!

Buen camino.
I was also walking in 2014, June 8th through July 22nd. Overall, a very cool summer with lots of rain.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Fisterre-Muxia March 2017
Slovakia Camino Kosiče-Levoča Oct 2017
El Norte March 1 2018
#34
What is with all this rain? Camino Norte ... muddy hiking shoes ... wet and sweat .... mud and crud ... sometimes it hard to be a pilgrim
You should have walked this March like I did. I’m sure the mud & rain you’re experiencing now is only half of what I walked through day in and day out . That’s El Norte and I LOVED IT !
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPP - SDC 2013
CP Porto - SDC (Coastal & Spiritual Variant) 2016
Finisterre 2016
Norte (2018?)
#36
Makes me recall the wise words of one of America's great philosophers "If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain". Dolly Parton
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#37
I know this thread is about the Camino Norte, but I just did some quick research online of the weather along the Frances, 10 day forecast. I checked all the main cities I could that there would be a forecast for on a weather site, Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, Leon, Astorga and Santiago.
Not a bad forecast ahead. lows to highs of about 8 or 10-21 C (45-70 F). Cloudy a lot, and some showers and just an occasional thunderstorm. Not bad, not really what I would call inclement. Those about to start walking, take note and pack accordingly.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Fisterre-Muxia March 2017
Slovakia Camino Kosiče-Levoča Oct 2017
El Norte March 1 2018
#38
Makes me recall the wise words of one of America's great philosophers "If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain". Dolly Parton
Funny but I had 5 rainbows one day while walking on the coastal route this March without any rain that day but I don't suppose Dolly ever walked a Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
#39
There’s a lot of mud on the Primitivo at the moment. We also have fog, mist and heavy cloud cover every day, but only one really bad day of rain out of eight so far.

We just try to enjoy the precious little moments the camino provides, even in bad weather, like this:

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A really lovely photo to accompany this lovely post....
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#42
Looks like it could rain all the way to Santiago. I’m bummed.
This might sound like a load of bull@!/t but The Camino always always always gives you what you need not what you want. I believe there’s a reason for everything on the Camino. Just smile and be happy you won the lucky few on earth to be walking sacred Path. Buen Camino. I know how you feel I walked across the Meseta once andit seems like every day was heavy rain and strong winds in my face for the whole day. The only time my clothes were dry was when I found a dryer. Wouldn’t trade it for the world!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#43
The Camino always always always gives you what you need not what you want. I believe there’s a reason for everything on the Camino. Just smile and be happy you won the lucky few on earth to be walking sacred Path. Buen Camino. I know how you feel I walked across the Meseta once andit seems like every day was heavy rain and strong winds in my face for the whole day. The only time my clothes were dry was when I found a dryer. Wouldn’t trade it for the world!
I’ve walked across the meseta many times - each time has been different.
I prefer dry weather as I live in Portland, Oregon where it rains from September to July 4. I don’t believe there’s a reason for everything. I do believe we can choose how we react and yesterday I chose to be bummed when I saw the weather report - seeing how I’d been hacking up my lungs with fever and the flu for the prior week. I needed sunshine, not cold rain - and by the way, I got it
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times, but soon again I hope....
#44
Just smile and be happy you won the lucky few on earth to be walking sacred Path.
Yes, that is how I feel. The absolute worst day weather wise on the Camino is better than the best day (is there such a thing?) at work. Anybody....anybody, with enough time, support and financial resources to walk the Camino is truly blessed and lucky. There are so many faithful poor that wish they were in your shoes. Nothing about walking the Camino is that hard, and guess what...if it turns out to be something you just are not enjoying or digging that much, you can always walk off the path, and go home. Taxis, buses and trains abound.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francé 2005; 2016
Inglés June 2017
del Salvador Sep 2018
Primitivo Oct 2018
#45
What is with all this rain? Camino Norte ... muddy hiking shoes ... wet and sweat .... mud and crud ... sometimes it hard to be a pilgrim
I saw a lovely little sign at the Tobermorey Distillery on the Isle of Mull: 'Todays rain is tomorrows Whisky'. If Whisky isn't your tipple, then think of the rain as part of the beer, or coffe or tea, or what ever your tipple is, process in the making ;) I might lift the gloom.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#47
I’ve walked across the meseta many times - each time has been different.
I prefer dry weather as I live in Portland, Oregon where it rains from September to July 4. I don’t believe there’s a reason for everything. I do believe we can choose how we react and yesterday I chose to be bummed when I saw the weather report - seeing how I’d been hacking up my lungs with fever and the flu for the prior week. I needed sunshine, not cold rain - and by the way, I got it
I lived in Ashland for 20 years. I know well how you feel and Ashland is much dryer than Portland
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte/Primitivo 2018
#49
I’ve walked across the meseta many times - each time has been different.
I prefer dry weather as I live in Portland, Oregon where it rains from September to July 4. I don’t believe there’s a reason for everything. I do believe we can choose how we react and yesterday I chose to be bummed when I saw the weather report - seeing how I’d been hacking up my lungs with fever and the flu for the prior week. I needed sunshine, not cold rain - and by the way, I got it
I live in Portland, too! I think it's funny that I'm missing record breaking sun in Portland and hitting (what I think is)
unusually wet weather in Spain!
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled caminos francés, Finisterre, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018)
#51
I’ve been soaked to my skin every day this week cycling the Camino Sanabres, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful for a hot shower as I am now, warm and dry at last, just half a day from Santiago. Medieval pilgrims would not have been so lucky.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#52
I’ve been soaked to my skin every day this week cycling the Camino Sanabres, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful for a hot shower as I am now, warm and dry at last, just half a day from Santiago. Medieval pilgrims would not have been so lucky.
oh, sorry for your trouble, Paladina! and you are nearly there! Buen camino...
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled caminos francés, Finisterre, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018)
#53
oh, sorry for your trouble, Paladina! and you are nearly there! Buen camino...
Thanks, Kirkie. I hope you’re enjoying the Spanish summer that seems to have temporarily migrated to Ireland.
 

Oravasaari

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Fistera (2015), Leon to Fistera (2016), CF, Salvadore, Primitivo (2017), CF run/walk 2018
#55
I must have beeen very very lucky on my 3 previous caminos (all spring or autumn) as I can't recall more than a handful of damp days and only one really wet one. Headed out on the CF for 2 weeks 13-27 June, so I hope I can bring some of that luck with me for everyone to share! Alternatively I'm due 2 weeks torrential rain to even-up the books!
 
Camino(s) past & future
StJPdP/Santigo 18/9-16/10/17
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17
Hendayne/Santiago 21/4-29/5/
#56
Thinking of this post watching all the sodden pilgrims we passed while driving through sections of the Finisterre and Portugese Caminos. Sitting in a nice dry car, we were really feeling for you. Wishing dry weather for you all.......Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
#58
In three years of walking fall caminos: 2015, 2016, 2017, I have had very little rain. But I never paid much attention, since I had rain gear and expected a roof over my head for the night. Now I am setting off on Monday for six days in the Rocky Mountains in rainy weather, and I can't think of anything else. If the tent gets wet while I am setting it up, then the sleeping bag will probably get wet. Trails are very wet, with snow in some passes. I am almost hoping for snow, which can be brushed off the tent. I look back with nostalgia to my few rainy camino days.
 
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