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2019 Camino Trek Alone But Which Route

Discussion in 'The Camino Portugues' started by BelindaSBrown, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. RJS

    RJS Well-Known Member

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    Hi again Amy

    I would also say that including Walking Pole(s) in your kit is (Almost) essential – I have used one on all of the Caminos that I have walked (+ most of the other long distance paths + trekking in Nepal) and like a wise old Cumbrian Farmer once said to me when talking about walking with a Stick “It’s like having a third leg” :)

    The only problem that I see with including them in your kit list is transporting them to and from the starting point of your Camino.

    And here, I should now declare that I have an interest, as I might have a solution to this problem ethically made in Nepal.

    If you choose to take them in your hand luggage, you should be aware, that different countries have different restrictions on what you can carry as cabin luggage, and although trekking poles might well be acceptable as cabin luggage in the US, they aren’t in many European countries such as where I live, the UK – You can see this on the UK government website at https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/sports-equipment where is stipulates that Walking/hiking poles are not allowed as cabin luggage. So if you are transiting via the UK, you should be prepared to check them in, and as the UK (Still) follows European rules, the probability is that you could also run into issues in other European countries – Therefore you might like to have something like a “Trekking Pole Pro-Tector” so that. If necessary, you could check your trekking poles into Hold Luggage.

    Or

    You might prefer to check in your backpack to hold luggage, and if this was the case you might want to consider using a Rucksack Pro-Tector” - The smallest Trekker size would probably suit your needs and would both help ensure that your rucksack got safely to your Camino starting point, then could be used in its second function as a water resistant liner for your Rucksack on the walk, and if you have it transported ahead, you can then lock it to help prevent any petty pilfering – Just an idea as I have sold quite a few of these to other pilgrims walking Camino’s :)

    If you wish, You can read more about both Rucksack Pro-Tector’s and Trekking Pole Pro-Tector’s on my website at https://www.pro-tector.co.uk/

    The biggest problem with checking in luggage is that sometimes it doesn’t arrive at your destination airport and there have been quite a lot of discussions on this on here as IF this were to happen it would cause massive problems – I checked out the statistics and, unfortunately it looks as though “In the United States, an average of 1 in 150 people have their checked baggage misdirected or left behind each year” according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_luggage

    But thankfully this appears to be an improving situation :) https://apex.aero/2017/05/04/sita-baggage-report-2017-lost-luggage-technology



    With mobile phones, have you considered utilising things like WhatsApp and Messenger – I use these all of the time to chat with my friends all around the world – and the Big Advantage is that, It’s FREE – OK, you need Wi-Fi, but these days there are so many free Hot Spots that, at last most days, this won’t be a problem :)

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

    Rob
     
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  2. Amy Brooks

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    Hi friends

    Wily you are right - time is flying! 15 weeks is now 6 1/2 weeks! I have been training and planning - which I consider part of the bigger Camino journey... I really have enjoyed those long 17, 18 mile walks. It is now trillium time in Oregon which makes those walks even more beautiful.

    My route is evolving - I kept reading that the stages between Coimbra and Porto were often on busy roads so I have opted to start in Porto - head to the coast for a stage or two - then head into the Central route. Since I am getting on the Way a day earlier I can take a rest day if needed. And I will continue from Santiago to Finisterre and Muxia. So I am hoping to get 18 days on the Camino.

    Then on the way home I have booked two nights at The Poets Inn (thanks again Wily) for some celebratory time and exploration in Porto. Does anyone have any must see spots in Porto?

    I think of this forum often on my long walks - with gratitude for your support, advice and enthusiasm for the Camino.

    Cheers
    Amy
     
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    Hi Amy, how exciting for you, you’ll be quite a ways ahead of me as i leave Lisbon May 22. Thanks to some of you above you mentioned Brierleys long days between Lisbon and Porto, I have had a good read and plan to split up several days as I think walking 30km several days in a row may be too much for me. But I’m looking forward to the trip now and meeting some wonderful people, thanks for all the tips folks.
     
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    Amy, I did Porto to Santiago (along with my Camino family that I met doing Camino Frances n 2015) last year and loved it. What I did discover along the way was that the Lisbon to Porto section was difficult and trying in parts. Probably best described by a couple of women we met as saying "we walked some of it and also took taxis, trains,and buses and even hitch hiked"! What we heard from a few people was it was tedious and slow getting out of the suburbs of Lisbon which seemed to go on for ever. Having said that there were some rewarding sections once clear of Lisbon. Buon Camino
     
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    Have a great Camino... hopefully we will reconnect here in the forums and share our respective journeys! Have a great time and Buen Camino!

    Amy
     
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    Sadly I can't take enough time off from work to walk from Lisbon... but I have heard similar reports about the walk out of Lisbon. I will be walking from Porto to Santiago and then out to Finisterre.

    Annie - any great spots I shouldn't miss? What route did you walk?

    I leave one month from today!! I can't wait!

    Thank you forum family!
    Amy
     
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    Amy, we walked the Spiritual variant which we loved, was mostly the path less travelled. Having said that the Camino Portugues is less busy than Camino Frances. A tip; we did phone ahead for the albergue accommodation. There are not the Municipal albergues that there are on the Frances. Mostly the albergues were new and very nice but also full. However if you are travelling alone it's probably not so essential to book.
    Allow time in Porto to go to Livrario Lello bookshop https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livraria_Lello. Some say it is too crowded and commercial but I loved it and think it is not to be missed. Food is great in Porto too. Buen Camino
     
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