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    Weather in June on the Camino Frances

    To elaborate on prior posts, walk in what’s most comfortable for you. I saw a woman hiking in a skirt. I walked in leggings mostly. Easy to wash, fast drying. Re shoes, you don’t need big hiking boots with stiff soles. Everyone I saw wearing them had huge blisters. I had La Sportiva light...
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    No more excuse for not having this in Every Home Bar in the U.S.

    When Costco runs out, try La Tienda , a US store/ catalog that sells Spanish jamon and other typical foods and products.. Even has a Camino gift package! Or if you’re in NYC, the Mercato in Hudson Yards, Jose Andres new tapas etc place..
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    Liner versus sleeping bag

    My advice? Take both. Helios makes a super small sleeping bag that is light to med warm. Very lightweight. So you’d be covered if no blankets. Liner important for bedbugs ( treat yours) I did this in Sept Oct last year. By mid October, nights were super chilly, as in seeing your breath chilly...
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    November on the Frances

    I can tell you that in that section, you can buy a limited selection of stuff in SJPDP, but then the next town with a decent sporting goods store is Najera, then Logrono, and of course Burgos. You may find something in Estella, but I didn’t see much, and then there’s the issue of Spanish...
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    Worth skipping parts of the French Camino for Finisterre?

    I would advise against. As prior posts say, you need to walk all of it from Sarria for a compostella. I can not describe the joy you feel yes, on Mount of Joy, seeing the city for the first time knowing you did the whole route! The route to Finisterre isn’t crowded, but the towns are more...
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    Foot Problems Post Camino - What Did You Deal With?

    I walked the entire Camino Frances last Sept-Oct. I developed plantar facisitisBEFORE my walk, during training. My podiatrist helped me treat it ( physical therapy, first NSAIDs, then steroids, orthotics. I took 2 pairs of orthotics with me and switched them out halfway... they do get...
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    I started in SJPP on Sept 2 last year, finished in early Oct. Roncevalles was full, and about 50 pilgrims took taxis to the next 3 towns. Zubiri also filled. KNEW to pre-book Ronevalles online, but had a veteran in not told me to pre-book to Pamplona, I would have been stuck. Also--...
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    September 2018 who’s going?

    Yes... I arrive in St. Jean on Sept 3rd for my first Camino. I'm going solo and cannot wait, though a bit daunted by the first day hike over the Pyrenees .. JAO
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    Sept Already Booked?

    I looked into pre-booking in St Jean and Roncevailles for early Sept 2018 and was shocked to learn that many places were already fully booked. I had intended to stop in Orisson, but haven't got an answer yet. This means that in Roncevailles I would have to hope that the municipal hostel has...

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