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Walking to Santiago de Compostela
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userstarvin marvin
Posted: 26 April 2017 4:55 PM
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Anyone have any tips/advice? I'm off in just over 3 weeks!
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 26 May 2017 5:03 PM
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I've now been walking since Monday and it's now Fri 26 May and I'm in Cizur Menor just outside the fabulous city of Pamplona. It's 34 deg here.....wow! found a few free camping spots for the future.
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 28 May 2017 3:47 PM
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Now walked to Estella, hope to be in Burgos by next weekend. Beautiful weather, fabulous views.
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Posted: 28 May 2017 6:12 PM
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Did you forget your camera? .......

userstarvin marvin
Posted: 3 June 2017 6:17 PM
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pelmetman - 2017-05-28 6:12 PM

Did you forget your camera? .......



No, I'm using my phone, and I rarely post photos, particularly of free camping spots.

I guess you've seen pictures of churches before, and views etc, by much better snappers than me.

My camera is really by default as I hate carrying the damn things.

Anyhow I'm now in Tostantos, about 27miles east of Burgos. Tomorrow will have been walking 2 weeks, so approx one third distance in one third time.

Managed to get my proxy vote (yes that's proxy), sorted before I left home.

Must go, my shout for the beers, champions league final tonight with crazy spanish, and brazilians. It's like the United Nations here, so many different nationalities.
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 6 June 2017 7:20 PM
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Moved on to a place called Tardajos which is about 10kms west of Burgos. 490kms to go!

What a terrific central district Burgos has, along with the completely astounding Cathedral.

Went on a mini tapas crawl last night. Super place. For sure I'm coming back here with the van.
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 9 June 2017 6:52 PM
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Just a short walk today from Itero de la Vega to Fromista, with a spring in my step with news of Jezza stopping the Maybot in her tracks. Happy days.
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 12 June 2017 3:44 PM
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Passed the notional halfway point yesterday, so half distance in half my time frame. Today I'm in Sahagun for the fiesta of San Juan and they're running the bulls right pass where I'm staying. Party time unless you're a bull!
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 16 June 2017 9:08 PM
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Had a day off today in Leon, what a lovely city. The cathedral is spectacular. 320kms to go, by Sunday night should be two thirds distance in two thirds time. Astorga is the next biggish place.

It's been 42 deg here today in the sun, far too hot for serious walking, going to make another early start to be finished before middday.
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 21 June 2017 6:53 PM
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Arrived in Pontferrada. What a beautiful walk through the valleys. Very hot again today, it was 37deg this afternoon and won't go below 21deg tonight. There is a haze in the distance which we believe is from the Portuguese wild fires. Longish walk tomorrow 24km to Villabranca. Only 211kms to go!
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 24 June 2017 9:07 PM
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Much better day for walking today, went over the O'Cebriero, the last major climb before Santiago. Wonderful views along the valley, saw a couple of Italian vans free camping, made me feel quite envious.

Only 137kms to go, should be close to the finish this time next week.
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Posted: 27 June 2017 7:53 PM
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Now in a charmless place called Palas de Rei. Apparently there is now 66kms to go, hoping to be in Santiago on Saturday. Seen a couple of excellent free camping spots this last week. Weather taken a turn for the worst, showery rain today. Not good for tomorrow either.

Going to a place called Melide for "pulpo" supposed to be the best around here.
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 29 June 2017 11:57 AM
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Had my "pulpo " for lunch, delicious! Very atmospheric restaurant, loads of Spanish eating and shouting, as they do.

I'm now in another small town called Arzua, famous for its soft cheese, now there's only 40kms to go. Hope to do a long drag to a place called Lavacolla tomorrow, then it's a short 10km sprint to Santiago.

Then off to the parador for a glass of champagne with a £10 pom!
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 2 July 2017 3:38 PM
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Arrived in Santiago de Compostela yesterday at 9.00am after a short 10km walk from Lavacolla. Went a got my compostela certificate from the pilgrim office. Been and done the pilgrim stuff, given Santiago's statue a hug and down into the crypt to view the silver casket containing his remains.

Staying for a few nights in Santiago to take in the sights and the buzzing atmosphere. Off to Finesterre tomorrow for the day, weather now looks pretty good.

Walked 800kms in 41 days with one day off, so a simple average of 20kms/day. My shortest day was 5kms , blistered foot, and my longest (twice) was 30kms. So overall very pleased with myself, not bad for an old 'un.

If anyone out there fancies a long challenging walk with great infrastructure, then go and do it. Beats the costas into a cocked hat.

Buen Camino!
userstarvin marvin
Posted: 4 July 2017 7:47 PM
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Flying home tomorrow, Santiago is a fascinating place, a UNESCO world heritage site. Certainly worth a couple of days sightseeing. Took a bus trip out to Finesterre, spotted a few free camping places, so managed a bit of "recce" at the same time.

So that's it folks thread over and goodnight.
userkeninpalamos
Posted: 6 July 2017 1:43 PM
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Absolutely fascinating, I have Just read Tim Moore's Spanish Steps about the very same walk with a donkey and the history of the pilgrims etc.. If you havn't read it already I would recommend it.and congratulations that's one hell of a hike!

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userpelmetman
Posted: 6 July 2017 8:23 PM
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starvin marvin - 2017-07-02 3:38 PM


If anyone out there fancies a long challenging walk with great infrastructure, then go and do it. Beats the costas into a cocked hat.

Buen Camino!


Well I've just spent 6 weeks working like a native trying to make our hovel acceptable for tenants.......still got another 6 weeks at least to go.......plus I've probably spent 30K on builders ......

So seeing as you are a pious socialist who do you think has spent their time most productively ? .......





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