Km 5825 to km 5978, Nava (Spain) to La Mesa (Spain).
24/10/2022 – 37km
My route (the GR105) followed a low ridge the whole way from Nava to Oviedo, giving me a good view of the surrounding countryside.
So here I am in Oviedo, at the start of the Camino Primitivo. It feels like the final chapter. The big mountains and wilderness are behind me and I’m looking forward to experiencing a different kind of trail, sleeping in albergues every night and getting to know my fellow pilgrims.
25/10/2022 – 37km
A good first day on the camino. I really enjoyed the novelty of having such a well marked trail, and not having to double check my phone gps every five minutes.
Tonight’s albergue is in a beautiful rundown old monastery. It seems that they’ve been fighting to get the connecting church protected/restored, but haven’t had much success.
26/10/2022 – 43km
Cruising along on auto pilot. Enjoying the simple countryside. Watching life in rural Spain as it goes about its day.
The other (2) pilgrims at tonight’s hostel only speak Spanish, and I speak nary a full sentence unfortunately.
27/10/2022 – 36km
I passed the high point of the Primitivo. At around 1120m it’s not much compared to the way behind me. The successively lowering peaks are just another reminder that I’m drawing close to the end.
The last couple of days I’ve been listening to talks from Alan Watts. It feels fitting for the spirit of a pilgrimage.
Given the nice weather today I considered camping, but the strong winds disabused me of that notion. I think the rain starts tomorrow, so that will make it easier for me to just accept that it makes sense to sleep indoors.