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    Don’t underestimate cold in Pyrenees

    I know this is a weather thread, but since the reserve cash issue has been raised, I just wanted to remind folks that many U.S. Banks (and probably Canadian banks, etc.) offer currency exchange services, as does AAA. Be forewarned, however, that it may take a few days since some of those banks...
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    R.I.P. Gene McCullough

    Well-known Camino personage Gene McCullough passed away as a result of a bicycle accident on September 5th in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. Below is the memorial announcement from the Colorado Front Range Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino. A celebration of life held in...
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    Backpack Advice: Fairview 40 vs. Aura 50

    Assuming the basic dimensions of the larger backpack are within the airlines' carry-on limits, but by the time you get all your gear packed in the pack will be too overstuffed to squeeze into the overhead bin, take along a small, lightweight daypack which can be folded into itself. Remove some...
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    What to leave out - Camino Frances

    I may have missed it, but is your three-week time frame three weeks' walking time or three weeks' door-to-door? At the very least, you should allow a couple of days at each end of whatever section or sections you choose to walk. Also, if done in sections, the travel time between sections will...
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    e-Biking traject SJPP/Pamplona or Irun/Pamplona

    That's good to know. I just wasn't sure.
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    e-Biking traject SJPP/Pamplona or Irun/Pamplona

    Are you sure that e-bikes are recognized on the Camino, or more specifically, at least for the last 200km (that's the requirement for bicyclists as opposed to 100m for walking)? I don't know, but I'd advise you to check with the Pilgrims Office before going too far down this road.
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    Carabiners or “S” hook?

    Be aware that those binder clips may rust and stain your clothing. Been there, done that.
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    Carabiners or “S” hook?

    I agree with you, @BROWNCOUNTRYBOB. Note that I did not suggest using them for hanging washed clothing on an outdoor line, but they work well for socks that may not have fully dried from yesterday's wash or from crossing a stream. As for the clips/clothes pins/clothes pegs, we tried the small...
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    Carabiners or “S” hook?

    I'd recommend a couple of mini-carabiners that you can attach to gear loops on your backpack for attaching flip-flops or sandals; they weigh next to nothing. Also, a couple of large safety pins -- diaper pins are perfect, but getting hard to find since hardly anyone uses cloth diapers anymore...
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    Porto to Fatima daytrip?

    In 2017, we flew into Lisbon, arriving in the early evening. We then took a bus to Fátima, arriving at around 10:00 pm. We had pre-reserved two nights in a hotel (Avenida de Fatima?), which was approximately a 1-km walk from the bus station and a 5-minute or so walk from the main plaza of the...
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    The end of our pilgrim mission.

    So sorry to hear this. When we walked from Porto to Santiago in 2017, we passed many pilgrims following the blue arrows along the shared path as they were going to Fátima for the canonization of Jacinta and Francisco. Thanks to you and your association for the work you did to support this...
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    Camino Portuguese is very nice, but...

    The best thing that can be said for those cobblestones is that it's hard for a car to sneak up behind you on those sections that are walled in or have hedgerows on both sides of the road.
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    Forum Book Club - 1.4 - The Great Westward Walk (Antxon González Gabarain)

    I count it as perhaps the best book about the Camino that I have read. I read it in English, as translated by @Rebekah Scott. Here's the review I wrote for Amazon: 5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Westward Walk Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2017 Verified Purchase The...
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    Forum Book Club - 1.3 - Walk in a Relaxed Manner (Joyce Rupp)

    It's a wonderful book. My wife and I read it before our first Camino, and it really helped us to get into the right mindset before we started our walk. We copied her Pilgrim Prayer onto a small card which we laminated and carried with us. We prayed that short prayer every day before we started...
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    What to wear in Winter

    And that, my friends, is why it is so great to have @davebugg back on the forum. Thank you, Dave, for the detailed explanation, advice, and insight.