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    Why I am Considering Leaving This Forum

    From David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement address, “This Is Water,” at Kenyon in 2005. “It just depends what you what to consider. If you're automatically sure that you know what reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won't consider...
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    Irish Pub in Oviedo?

    I am reminded of my experience a small Spanish Camino town Irish Pub. They had 3 beers on tap. I requested a Guinness. "We don't have that." I requested a Smithwicks. "We don't have that." Finally I asked, "How about Estrella?" No problem. So I asked, "How is it that in an Irish pub you...
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    sock cleaning

    I think "paper tape" is better and cheaper than Compeed, even after blisters develop. I agree that that an anti-chaffing product (so called "liquid powder") is easier on the socks...
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    Which guide would you carry

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Beebe Bahrani's Moon guide
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    Blister Prevention and Care

    From the July REI newsletter
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    Book. Off The Road by Jack Hitt

    Hitt walked The Camino again years later with his daughters and described the adventure in the NYT.
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    A unique Basque artist

    Perhaps someone might encounter this artist on the Camino Norte. His sand sculptures are just remarkable.
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    4 camino related books

    Not about the Camino Frances but definitely about pilgrimage with a lot of interesting history … “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” by Timothy Egan.
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    Foot glide recommendations

    I had great success with Blue Steel Anti-Chafe cream (actually a “liquid powder”). It contains dimethacone which incorporates into the epidermal layer and prevents friction against the dermal layer, thus preventing blistering. It is available from Amazon in the US.
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    Camino Nordés?
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    I haven’t heard of PreHeels before. When I walked my caminos I applied Blue Steel anti-chafing cream (a “liquid powder”) each morning and managed to avoid any blisters. The key ingredient is dimethacone which incorporates into the epidermis and prevents friction against the dermis. Apparently it...
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    Compeed vs hikers wool or both?

    Perhaps of interest to some …
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    New art in Bilbao
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    trail runners with wider toe box

    I’ve been running in NB 1540 now V3 for years. SL-2 last and wide toe box. They are comfortable day 1 just out of the box. Never any issues. Pricey but made in the USA.
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    Arrow at Burguete

    One sound memory from the Camino I often hear over again in my mind is "Señor, señor. Camino esta aquí," usually from an elderly woman pointing a direction different from the one I was walking. Also, very early on I learned 'derecho' is straight and 'a la derecha' is to the right.

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