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    Experiences of ghosts, premonitions or presences?

    Out the outset can I say that I didn't and still don't believe in ghosts! A few years ago in my running days, I was out running (sorry jogging) at night in a well-lit street. One side across the road were houses, the other side of the pavement I was running on was a 3-foot wall and a drop of c...
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    LIVE from the Camino London to Biarritz

    Despite Ryanair's reputation by some people, I flew the same route as you in 2019. They were very efficient as were Stansted and Biarritz airport - no problems. Hope to do the same route again in 2022.
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    Weight loss

    Checking my calories used walking the CF, after Sarria I used some 2,000 calories more than in a usual day at home. So that would equate to some half a pound a day IF I hadn't eaten and drunk more than usual! Over the whole of the CF I lost c. 8 pounds - a bonus.
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    Belorado to maybe Sarria: itinerary ideas?

    Not sure about other people's comments but it is a very small hamlet that I loved in the mountains. Some people I met had tried to book it online when I walked it in 2019 but it said no places available. At my suggestion, they phoned and got 3 places. So you could try phoning if you can find...
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    Belorado to maybe Sarria: itinerary ideas?

    Try Venta-celta, I stayed there and enjoyed the experience although the room was a bit small but the location was worth this small issue. Good food as well in front of the open fire. https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/venta-celta.html?aid=1636199
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    Belorado to maybe Sarria: itinerary ideas?

    Whilst I stayed at Ponferrada and enjoyed it the walk from Molinaseca to Ponferrada, from memory, is only about 4 miles - 2 miles gently up and 2 miles gently down all on a footpath beside the road! Your next day to Villafranca whilst it would add up to c. 20 miles it is relatively flat or...
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    Belorado to maybe Sarria: itinerary ideas?

    Whilst my plan was to stay at Hornillos del Camino like you I couldn't find accommodation but I stayed at Hotel Rural La Consulta de Isar. It is only about 2k up the road on the right about 300 meters before Hornillos del Camino. I walked to the accommodation although they are happy to pick you...
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    Belorado to maybe Sarria: itinerary ideas?

    Villafranca del Bierzo is a lovely place, I stayed at Guesthouse Casa Rural La Llave, they left me a bag with some food for breakfast as I told them I would be leaving early. There are a number of really good cafes/restaurants in the plaza, spent a good few hours there in the evening eating...
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    Backpack Capacity (DaveBugg Bait!)

    I always thought that they filled it with water! Now that I am now far more intelligent (!) I checked online - a 25-litre backpack should hold 1,525 cubic inches of "stuff" that can be bent into the available space!
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    Organised tour or do-it-yourself?

    Whilst I understand the very valid point you make I guess it is the decision people have to balance the potential loss of deposits against the certainty of accommmodation. When I did my first (currently my only), Camino Frances, from SJPdP I used a tour company to book it all for me. I gave no...
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    LIVE from the Camino In Logrono

    I ate there in May 2019 (good quality but haven't a clue what it was as I couldn't translate the menu) as I wanted to eat earlier than my accommodation was going to provide. Perhaps it was me but I couldn't find too many places open, it was raining so I didn't go too far.
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    LIVE from the Camino In Logrono

    Just check at each road junction, I crossed over the road in error once when I saw a rucksack in front. When I got to some traffic lights I stood there looking for the marker when a local pointed me across to the side of the road.
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    Travel company or do it myself?

    When I wrote up my journal I described my walk as a ‘journey’ (it was more than a walk) as I do not believe in the existence of a God or gods. I didn't think that the term pilgrimage would be factually correct. Edit: My underlying reason was that I didn't want to cause concern to "religious...
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    Travel company or do it myself?

    I am an experienced long-distance walker in the United Kingdom, normally 300/600 miles. When I decided to walk the CF in 2019 I was 72, male, fit, and not financially stretched. My concern about walking in Spain was not that I couldn't do the mileage or carry my "stuff" but a lack of the Spanish...
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    Announcement Refuge Orisson

    The only reason to stop there was the camaraderie that it appears to engender. Walking alone would be a good start to make friends with fellow pilgrims.
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