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Riding home from Porto to Manchester.

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Riding home from Porto to Manchester.

Hi all!

In September, I shall ride from Porto back to the UK over 3.5 weeks. I'll head up to Santiago de Compestela and then east thru Lugo and eventually onto Bilbao before heading into France. I have not cycled in this region before (Galicia/Asturias). Can anyone recommend places/ routes along the way. I'm resigned to the fact that this will be a very hilly route so I'm looking to go light and lose some weight. I've looked at blogs on Crazy Guy but any tips would be most welcome. Safe riding. Martin .

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Ridewithgps route Porto/Matosinhos to Santiago de Compestela

I live in Matosinhos which is just outside of Porto and I'm planning of riding from Porto to Santiago de Compestela late October. Here is a route that I mapped out a route on RideWithGPS 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26909872

If you want the GPX file let me know and I can send it to you just be aware I have not riding this yet so I can not comment on the quailty of the bike trails.

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Thank you so much!

Thanks for your reply, this route looks similar to the one I planned. Yes, you could send the route to me if that's ok? My email is 

mdk1968@hotmail.co.uk

Good luck with your ride in October!

Best regards,

Martin.

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Camino Santiago

First time I ever did the Camino Satiago I cycled it backwards from Santiago to St.Jean Pied de Port ( having come up from Algarve all along Portuguese coast and interior )

If you are social and like staying in cheapish places and meeting nice people every night ad don't mind sleeping in dormitory then I would recommend going to the Pilgrim Office in Satiago and signing up to do the Camino and getting your Pilgrim Passport which then entitles you to stay at the many Refugios ( Pilgrim Refuges ) along the way.  You don't have to be Catholic or Christian to do it, there are people doing it for many reasons. I like the varied scenery of the route of the main Camino Francaise and you also pass through wonderful food and wine country and of course much history and amazing buildlings. The refugios are mostly very affordable although there are many newer private ones that cost more than the church or local community run ones. In Galicia they used to be run on a donation basis, maybe they are still are. If you get tired of people snoring the just wild camp along the way occasionally. My only problem with doing this was that each night I would meet very nice people but then the next day would have to say goodbye to them. Most people are obviously heading to Santiago whereas I was heading away. I did meet a few people also doing it backwards. By the time I got to St.Jean Pied de Port I had already decided I would turn back and do it the right way.

Enjoy your ride

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Thanks!!

Hi James,

Thanks so much for your info. I will pick up a pilgrim passport if I Still head thru Santiago de Compestela. I rode from Lisbon last year and inadvertently did some of  the Camino in reverse without realising. I went thru Salamanca, Valladolid, Budgie, Logrono, Pamplona and onto St. Jean Pierre de Port. This time I will stay in the north of Spain. Will there be refuges up there too? I can look online too! Hopefully a mixture of Warmshowers, wild camping & refuges will give me shelter on this beautiful journey.

Thanks again for your help.

Martin.

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*correction

Burgos NOT Budgie, bloody spell check strikes again!!

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I have also cycled the

I have also cycled the Spanish North coast from Bay Of Biscay in France. Turned inland eventuallly to head over the Picos de Europa. The coast was beautiful, green and plenty of nice hills to make you sweat. There is a coastal Camino route and possibly more and more refugios these days. Back when I did it I relied on a cheapish local campsites which gave a lovely insight into how the Spanish enjoy their Summer hols. The North coast is thankfully not full of Brits on piss looking for cheap lager and full english. 

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Cheers Jim. That is good to hear. I had planned on heading east from Lugo to Ernes on the Galicia/ Asturia border but I think I'll head north to the coast instead. I had arranged a WS in Ernes but it seems there is no road north from his house meaning I'll have to double back on myself (fully loaded up a big hill). Plus, I must be in Biarritz for the 22/09 to meet a friend. Have a great weekend!

M.