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  1. HighlandsHiker

    Help! The walking pole makes me feel like the walking dead!

    You're my superhero, Anamya, for being able to leg press so much weight!!! I'm doing barbell squats, weighted walking lunges, prisoner squats and weighted sumo squats, which seem to help a great deal (I seem to be squatting a lot, lol). Maybe I should get cracking on those leg presses!
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    Help! The walking pole makes me feel like the walking dead!

    Anamya - Just an idea - maybe your physiotherapist cousin could help you with a program to really build up muscle in your thighs/calves. I've been amazed by the fact that although I'd done long training every year and hiked with poles on all Caminos, a trainer here helped me build super-thigh...
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    Best stops and albergues between Astorga and Santiago

    Let us hear what you think, Chris. Also, if you decide you want an inexpensive room there, they don't have them bookable online but if you ask when you arrive they might have one in the building where the family lives. Buen Camino to you!!
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    Best stops and albergues between Astorga and Santiago

    Shierly, you're going to like Astorga and that last section of the Frances. I loved Albergue la Escuala in La Laguna de Castilla on the way up to Do Cebreiro. Remote enough to feel far away up in the mountains, good food, nice people. I also liked Albergue A Reboleira in Fonfria - Fonfria...
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    Primitivo, June 2019

    Jill, try looking under Renfe's FEVE schedules. It's a narrow-gauge (slower-speed) train. It runs all the way up from Leon past Oviedo to the Norte also, if I remember. I'm using it this year to go in the opposite direction back from Oviedo to Leon after the San Salvador.
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    Booking Abbey Foy

    Hi again, kmccue - I went through the tourisme-conques.fr site, hébergements section, and used the links for the Abbaye from there. It took a few tries to get a response and I used two different emails for them to do that. They secure reservations with PayPal, if I remember, which is reassuring...
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    Vilalba to Arzua: Accommodations and how to break this section up

    I stayed at the Hospederia at Sobrado dos Monxes, Laurie, and only stayed the one night. It was a bit of a struggle to get booked in. I emailed them early in the day, but they hadn't responded by the time I got to Sobrado. In Sobrado they had an unusual way of taking people into the albergue...
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    Friends of Bill W.

    Yes, Matt. There are a number of us out doing the Caminos, and it's remarkable how quickly the common ground is found with those other hikers - like radar:0)). I'm guessing that you checked the international directory for the meetings in whatever language you need them in - larger cities...
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    Valenca or Tui?

    Another vote for Tui. Ideas Peregrinas is a fresh, almost trendy place to stay in the old quarter. There's a cafe in the check-in area. Tui is a charming hilltop town with a wonderful mostly Romanesque cathedral at the top. Ideas Peregrinas has private rooms as well as dorms. You can always...
  10. HighlandsHiker

    VDLP Timing Issues

    Thank you SO much, Alexandra. That's exactly the information I was hoping for. You've helped tremendously.
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    VDLP Timing Issues

    Via (or anyone?), could you tell me the most scenic days of the route BEFORE Salamanca? I'm cutting some sections at a few points where there's public transport available (although will see the towns like Zafra, Merida, Caceres and Salamanca before exiting for Segovia and on to Leon this time)...
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    Segments for Le Puy

    Oh, the Cele Variant reconnects with the main Le Puy/GR-65 before Cahors, depending on which route you've taken right around Bouzies/St. Cirq-LaPopie. You can choose between the route Bouzies-Arcambal-Cahors or the more southern way out of St. Cirq-LaPopie, which reconnects with the main Le...
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    Segments for Le Puy

    I wish I could help, kmccue - my Miam Miam Dodo was so marked up, pared down, and generally hard-used by the time I finished that I pitched it at the train station in Bordeaux. But there IS a detour that was clearly marked, so hopefully the most recent Miam Dodo that you ordered will include...
  14. HighlandsHiker

    Sandals.

    I'll be about a week behind you, Richo. Thanks for the question and others for their responses. Very helpful!
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    Segments for Le Puy

    intrepidtraveler (I remember you from your Norte posts!) - Out of Conques was strenuous (the hill to the chapel that others are mentioning), but the views were beautiful (see image to left). In Noailhac, there was a cafe that was willing to make an assiette pelerin at 11:00 - Rocamadour...

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