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Steep descent [ vertiginous] into Orio

Thornley

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Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
Knees are getting bad.
Is there any way to get assistance [ taxi /bus ] when we reach the down slope just outside Orio.
We have completed this section before , diary noted that it took its toll .

There is a medical spot i believe before this decent , can you call a taxi from there.

Any assistance greatly appreciated.
 
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I would arrange a taxi the night before or the morning of with a pick up time. Calculate the distance you will be walking, pad it with a bit of time and have someone from your albergue/hostal call the taxi and explain the situation. I arranged a taxi to take me down the hill from Cruz de Ferro as I'd heard it was quite steep and my knee was shot.
 
This will more than likely be the way it eventuates
Just not sure from memory ( and it’s fading) where the exact medical spot was situated
Thanks KL
 
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Knees are getting bad.
Is there any way to get assistance [ taxi /bus ] when we reach the down slope just outside Orio.
We have completed this section before , diary noted that it took its toll .

There is a medical spot i believe before this decent , can you call a taxi from there.

Any assistance greatly appreciated.
Hi
You are taking very sensible precautions David. @Thornley
My memory from 2014 ; of that ‘extremely rocky path ‘ is fading too, but recall it was a killer on my legs/ankles. I don’t even recall a medical spot. I wish I could help more. I stopped at the Orio albergue/ the views from there were unforgettable though. 😍

Buen camino
 
Have you tried walking down fishtailing that section (zickzack)?
It makes it less steep.

Or turn around 180 degrees and walk slowly backwards.

I usually got problems with my knees when walking downhill, until somebody told me not to straighten the knees.
With that advice I kept my knees slightly bended and one should swing in the knees while walking.

Never had knee problems again following the above mentioned advices.
 
Sadly i too have suffered with my knees but have found trekking poles have saved me countless times , they do take a bit of getting used to but are a great help when tired descending and crossing streams .
good luck
 
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Thornley, this is the section where I truly thought my dear hubby might off me when we walked this section in ‘19, so exhausted was he when we finally got to the AP-8 at the bottom of the stone road. We wondered why a few folks peeled off toward the road instead of staying on the marked Camino — we soon found out!
I’ve been looking at the Wise Pilgrim maps and Google. Maybe you could pick up a taxi, or have a taxi meet you, at Lusarbe Apartamentauk, which looks to be where the Camino crosses a small road. There might be another place to bail out at Yellow Deli Orio near Maddiola Apartments, though that looks to be a bit off the Camino.
We don’t have knee problems, but in all of our walking, this section was definitely the hardest on the knees.
Have a wonderful Camino!
 
Have you tried walking down fishtailing that section (zickzack)?
It makes it less steep.

Or turn around 180 degrees and walk slowly backwards.

I usually got problems with my knees when walking downhill, until somebody told me not to straighten the knees.
With that advice I kept my knees slightly bended and one should swing in the knees while walking.

Never had knee problems again following the above mentioned advices.
Not there as it’s narrow in many sections
This water way is in my opinion worse than going into Conque (Le Puy ) because of its length . And when we get to Deba it will be the elevator
Bad inflammatory arthritis and knees and hips that should have had ops years ago has caught up
Can’t occur before we leave and had no hope during COVID
We’re going as far as Lugo and did not want to stuff up in the first section.
Have already completed Norte (2) however HRH had a red alert on this section in her diary from when we were in our 60s not 70s
There will be a way , thanks for the sensible advice used prior on many occasions
 

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