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Recent content by arch

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    COVID Anyone in Spain now have a guess on the planned opening of businesses again?

    Ye that's why I only go to the grocery store once a week and have worn gloves and mask from the very beginning
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    COVID Anyone in Spain now have a guess on the planned opening of businesses again?

    Can't imagine staying in albergue where many might be asymptomatic carriers. This pandemic is going to take a long time to resolve.
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    Poll Where do you come from?

    Had a nice stop in Tromso aboard SS Nordlys
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    What (if anything) I did wrong?

    For a Sept-Oct trip to France and Italy I bought an orange sim from Amazon. Worked great once I got the pan right https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07NLCL9SP/ref=psdcmw_14674870011_t1_B06XBYMX58
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    What are your favourite places on the Primitivo?

    Dinner at restaurant on cider alley Oviedo, Hospitales, lunch at HOTEL LAS GRANDAS overlooking the reservoir, walking the Roman Wall at Lugo
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    Unsettling death on Camino del Norte

    Having had family members and friends die a slow and painful death I would wish us all the chance to go this way. Doing something we love.
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    Camino del Norte as my first Camino in June - have I made a mistake?

    My daughter and I did it in september 2016. We got a late start from Irun and got off on the GR for a while. Ended up walking 32 km and getting to our stop in San Sebatian at 9 pm. Advise: start early and watch the route carefully. its a beautiful walk.
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    Hospitales in the rain?

    We walked it in September 2016 with both intermittent rain and wind. Wild and exhilarating. Go for it!
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    I probably won’t do this again

    My wife is a wicked snorer so I have been wearing foam ear plugs for years. Consequently I had no problems on my 2016 Camino
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    Getting from Norte to Oviedo

    My daughter and I took the bus from Santander to Oviedo. Not expensive and you don't miss much.
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    Places with communal meals on the Norte .....

    Absolutely do not miss a stay with Father Ernesto at https://www.alberguedeguemes.es
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    Help! The walking pole makes me feel like the walking dead!

    Lighten up Life's too short! I'm 75 and been using poles for 20+ years. Get poles with long grips so you can constantly raise or lower your hands as the terrain shifts.
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    I wore liner socks for years but switched to compression socks under smart wool. Very pleased with the result
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    Giving Up on the Primitivo

    Sorry to hear it. My daughter and I did the Norte to Primitivo to Santiago in 2016 when I was 72. But I am use to doing 1000 to 1500 m per day here in the Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. At my age training is everything. Also carry a simple Sawyer Star water filter.
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    Bilbao to Santander

    Make sure to stop in Guemes with father Ernesto

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