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Approaching the monastery of San Salvador de Cornellana in Asturias, Spain, on the Camino Primitivo. This wonderful 12 Century building is being renovated and is still open as an albergue for pilgrims.

Day Three on the Camino Primitivo ~ Doriga to La Espina, Kilometers

The interior of the monastery in Cornellana is 12th century and the façade is 17th Century. The renovation workers had already begun their day by 8:00 a.m. We hung around the monastery for about 15 minutes, absorbing the energy of the place. I wondered how the other peregrinos liked their stay here, in the albergue. I felt some regret that we had not. It was a fantastic place.

Day Three on the Camino Primitivo ~ Doriga to La Espina, 23.8 Kilometers

Day Three on the Camino Primitivo ~ Doriga to La Espina, Kilometers

Catedral San Salvador de Oviedo/Oviedo, Asturias

Catedral San Salvador de Oviedo/Oviedo, Asturias

San Salvador de Valdediós. Patrimonio de la Humanidad | Asturias | Spain

San Salvador de Valdediós. Patrimonio de la Humanidad | Asturias | Spain

Pastoral scene on day four of the Camino Primitivo. This was shot at the high point of the day, near La Guardia in Asturias, Spain.

Day Four on the Camino Primitivo ~ La Espina to Compiello, 25.2 Kilometers

Pastoral scene on day four of the Camino Primitivo. This was shot at the high point of the day, near La Guardia in Asturias, Spain.

Catedral de Lugo in Vigo, Spain... anda la hostia!!!! En Vigo tenemos la Catedral de Lugo... JOER

Catedral de Lugo in Vigo, Spain... anda la hostia!!!! En Vigo tenemos la Catedral de Lugo... JOER

Leaving Cornellana, we began a long climb uphill behind the monastery on the SL-7 towards Sobrerriba, the next hamlet. The Original Way here, on the 3rd day entailed a lot of side-road/pavement walking.

Day Three on the Camino Primitivo ~ Doriga to La Espina, 23.8 Kilometers

Leaving Cornellana, we began a long climb uphill behind the monastery on the towards Sobrerriba, the next hamlet. The Original Way here, on the day entailed a lot of side-road/pavement walking.

The Way to Casazorrina by an old mill on Day Three of our Camino Primito, on the stage to Salas in Asturias, Spain.

Day Three on the Camino Primitivo ~ Doriga to La Espina, 23.8 Kilometers

If adversity builds character, then day three on our Camino Primitivo was a character-building day for me!

Right by the famous San Salvador Cathedral, to the West, there is both a signpost and a plaque marking the beginning of the Camino Primitivo. The sign post is on a lamppost and the plaque that marks the official beginning is just below it on the pavement.

The Camino Primitivo or the Original Way

The Camino Primitivo is a difficult, but beautiful pilgrimage, extending 342 kilometers from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela, through the northwestern regions of Asturias and Galicia in Spain.

san miguel de lillo - Ecosia

san miguel de lillo - Ecosia

Capilla del Cristo de los Afligidos in La Pereda, Spain, just west of La Espina on day four of the Camino Primtivo. It is a quaint little fifteen century chapel with the Camino waymark as well.

Day Four on the Camino Primitivo ~ La Espina to Compiello, 25.2 Kilometers

Day four on the Camino Primitivo was to test my strength, pride and perseverance.

Santa Cristina de Lena, Asturias, Spain

Santa Cristina de Lena is a Roman Catholic Asturian pre-Romanesque church located in the Lena municipality, about 25 km south of Oviedo, Spain, on an old Roman road that joined the lands of the plateau with Asturias.

One of the UNESCO World Heritage churces, in Oviedo, Spain, can be found at the foot of Mount Naranco. This one is called San Miguel de Lillo and was built in the 9th century in the pre-Romanesque style. We walked here from town, as the beginning of our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela along the Original Way (Camino Primitivo).

The Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo Churches

One of the UNESCO World Heritage churces, in Oviedo, Spain, can be found at the foot of Mount Naranco. This one is called San Miguel de Lillo and was built in the 9th century in the pre-Romanesque style. We walked here from town, as the beginning of our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela along the Original Way (Camino Primitivo).

Fortunately, the Original Way follows a service road along the N634 on a track to Porciles. Shimmering, green countryside everywhere here in Asturias, Spain.

Day Three on the Camino Primitivo ~ Doriga to La Espina, 23.8 Kilometers

Day Three on the Camino Primitivo ~ Doriga to La Espina, Kilometers

Onward on day six of the Camino Primitivo, the Way switchbacks and steepens its decent as shown here, toward the reservoir at the bottom of the valley. This is near Grandas de Salime, in Asturias, Spain

Day Six on the Camino Primitivo ~ Berducedo to Castro, 26.9 Kilometers

Onward on day six of the Camino Primitivo, the Way switchbacks and steepens its decent as shown here, toward the reservoir at the bottom of the valley. This is near Grandas de Salime, in Asturias, Spain

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