PCB Prevention Attempts

Apologies for sloppy blogging. Since my last post I have visited Rome and Alicante and am currently packing for Oslo, where I will attend a book launch, have a huge traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner with friends and show new peregrina S around town in less than a day. No pressure there, then. As for walking, there has been precious little of it, but I am hoping I will get a good few days out after my next deadline is sorted.

However, with autumn and now winter descending on us with dark nights and cold weather, a peregrina needs to actively take steps to avoid a full-blown attack of the dreaded PCB, which will only make the dark season darker. So I am planning our March camino already!

When I say plan, I mean plan. When I go on my own I don’t mind taking each day as it comes – I have everything I need in my pack and there are usually beds in the municipal albergues, so I just go with the flow. Walking in twos is a different matter, and walking before Easter means a lot of eating and sleeping places are closed. My best course of action is to decide on dates, then get plane tickets (done), book ALSA bus to Astorga (done), book first and couple of last nights (done), and then count the remaining days, calculate an average and then have a look at the guidebook to find out what is doable, pleasant and interesting.

Doable is about 20k a day, give or take, and with only two weeks we don’t really need rest days.

Pleasant is stopping over at Acebo to really enjoy the walk down towards Molinaseca …

DSCN1052 and booking a four star Parador in Villafranca to start the next day on the Donkey Killer …

Image result for camino duro villafranca and also making the walk to O Cebreiro a short and leisurely one (12k).


Interesting is stopping over at Ponferrada and finally getting to see the castle properly, and also trusting the Hoka supersoled shoes and not bypassing the tarmac stretches in a taxi, but trying to walk every single step. (I am neither tourist or purist but feel I am missing out when I have to bypass the tarmac to save my poor PF-ridden feet.)

I am booking some favourites, some new places, some between stages and some in bustling city centres. Our shortest day will be 12k, our longest 26k – no, I won’t be stopping in Salceda and have to do 30k on the last day this time! – and we will have a whole day in Santiago before leaving late afternoon the next day.

So far this seems to keep the PCB at bay, and another ray of camino light in the autumnal gloom was a letter with certain donation goodies from a certain peregrino just back from the Portugues … that patch is going on my pack as soon as I can decide which one!


3 thoughts on “PCB Prevention Attempts

  1. That sounds like a really interesting camino section that shouldn’t be too crowded at that time of year. Keep those PCB’s at bay.

    1. Hi Magwood – the two week walk from Astorga is my all-time favourite stretch because of the Galician rolling hills and stunning views, the villages of Rabanal and O Cebreiro, the towns of Molinaseca and Villafranca, the gorgeous walk from Sarria to Portomarin, not to mention the soups and stews, the seafood and albariño … We walked the same part of the CF for our honeymoon and my husband decided he wanted to walk it again – no complaints from me! Hopefully we will get the same good weather and meet some other pilgrims on our way but it seems to be a very quiet time on the road. PCB averted for now.

  2. Awesome, can’t wait to read about what the Camino is like in March, recently saw a picture of a pilgrim walking up the final road section into O Cebreiro in October and there was a good 10-15cm of snow on the ground. I think I might plan a winter camino at some point. Not next year though, unless something changes… next year is reserved for catching up with the american pilgrims I met this year and having a german I met on the camino the year before that … so in a way I am doing camino related stuff.. just not on the camino…

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