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    How did you acquire your hiking skills? Did you start at 500 miles for your first hike? More likely is that you spent years making lots of small hikes and gradually learning and improving your hiking skills. Travel skills are the same way...
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    Recommendations from the US State department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ Spain: Level 3: Reconsider Travel Portugal: Level 3: Reconsider Travel UK: Level 4: Do Not Travel -Paul
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    Yes, co-ed toilets and showers do exist on the Camino. In my experience, individual privacy was always protected. It just feels a little odd knowing that the person in the cabin next to you might be of the opposite sex. As an American, it...
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    Uncomfortable? Yes! But no one has died from the experience. Perhaps it is good penance to practice toleration of your fellow brother or sister. This humbling experience will give you a much better appreciation of the next night in a hotel...
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    I suggest that you watch the Camino Documentary: Six ways to Santiago. Pilgrim Annie is forced to sleep on the floor next to some strange guy. When Annie is struggles to walk the Camino on the following day, the same stranger carries her pack...
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    Whatever you use for gear, don't wait until you get to Spain to try it out. Train in the rain with your gear and get to know the strength and weakness. Improve your rain gear and try it out again on the next rain day, -Paul
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    pjacobi replied to the thread Compeed vs hikers wool or both?.
    Based on advice in this forum, I tried putting a panty liner in each boot. The theory was to absorb moisture from sweat and prevent blisters. It did nothing for me except leave a sticky mess in my boot. I'm glad I tried it out on a training...
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    pjacobi replied to the thread Compeed vs hikers wool or both?.
    I train up to walking 70 KM on a weekend, plus 10 KM during the week carrying a full pack. One 3-day weekend, I did a full 100K. Rain allows me to test out my rain gear. Yes, I did get blisters, but learned how to care for them and how to...
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    pjacobi replied to the thread Compeed vs hikers wool or both?.
    If you are not walking enough in training to get a blister, then you are not training hard enough! You can then practice taking care of you blister that you acquired during training. Training also allows you to experiment with various ways to...
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    How many people over-estimate daily mileage that their body can handle, then fall behind in hotel schedule and have to cancel? These rooms/beds are then available to anyone present with cash in hand. Any hotel in Spain or other parts of Europe...
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