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Recent content by Vaughan Bell

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    Over-packer in denial: another packing list - leaving this week

    After just finishing the Camino Frances, two key things I would do for the trek in May/June - ditch the sleeping bag and use a sleeping bag liner instead (less weight, less bulk) and only 2 sets of clothes - convertible pants and polo quick dry shirt with collar (wear one, wash one)...but have 3...
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    Who is trashing the Camino with the graffiti phrase ‘melted rubber humans ‘

    I agree. The other annoyance I have is seeing a lot of the affixed kilometre plaques been removed from the waymarkers, particularly in the last 100 km from Sarria!
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    Returning home to Australia

    I will be in the same boat on my return to Australia 2 days from now. As I was advised, scrub the boots on the outside and simply declare upon arrival on the usual form that you walked through farmland and wooded areas in France and Spain. They may ask to inspect the shoes. Inform them that you...
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    Santiago De Compostela Stamp

    Arriving in Santiago De Compostela tomorrow. Is it possible to get a stamp at the main Cathedral OR is it stamped at the Pilgrim’s Office?
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    Completion Certificate - The Facts Please

    Just one last query. We are arriving in Santiago on the 28th May and have pre-booked accommodation. May sound like a stupid question, but are we required to go to the Pilgrims Office near the Cathedral to claim the certificate (in my case the Welcome Certificate) on the day of arrival? OR can we...
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    Completion Certificate - The Facts Please

    The Certificate of Welcome is the most appropriate Certificate for me I believe. Didn’t receive an “relevations” along the way so far or sense of spiritual enlightenment (even though prayed for it). So, that’s all cool. Thanks for the clear advice. Cheers!
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    Completion Certificate - The Facts Please

    The intention was “a Camino” but we really only had 3 weeks and knew that we could not do the whole journey so had to plan around which stages to skip. Unrealistic to get a 1 month & a bit holiday from work!! But, as always, life likes to throw it’s curve balls and I thought after 6 months of...
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    Completion Certificate - The Facts Please

    Hi all, Unfortunately due to a recurring lower back injury and stuffed knees by the end of the 4th Stage at Estella, I’ve had to “reassess” my expectations for the Camino Frances. So, I’m needing some “concrete advice” as to when the actual minimum 100 km starts in order to obtain the...
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    How long and steep are the downhills going from St Jean to Roncesvalles?

    Definitely get trekking poles. The downhill will test the knees and thighs! However, there is also a steep descent into Zubiri for the next stage. But it is worth the views! up
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    Burgos Decathlon

    Hi all, If you happen to be in Burgos and require more hiking equipment/clothing, by all means visit Decathlon located outside the main centre of Burgos. Simply catch the FREE Bus (clearly emblazoned “HIPERCOR” on a yellow bus) which can be caught directly outside the Teatro Theatre which is...
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    Decathlon at Burgos

    Awesome, thanks!
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    Decathlon at Burgos

    Hi, Based in Borgus for 2 nights to rest a crook back and left hip before re-commencing the Camino. Whilst there, I noted that I need warmer clothing for the remaining stages which are higher up. I’ve been informed there is a Decathlon store at the Hipercor out of town a bit and can be reached...
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    SJPDP to Roncesvalles

    Stage 1 done. Yes challenging, but very doable!!! Descent is murder on the knees and hips. Use the hiking poles, they definitely help!!!
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    Rest time during Stage

    Thanks for the awesome advice! Very helpful. Will definitely let the feet “breath” on a break! Starting tomorrow from St Jean up the Pyrenees!!
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    Rest time during Stage

    Having a debate with some experienced hikers here in Australia before going to France to commence the Camino Frances trek on 6 May. They say it is not advisable to take your shoes/boots or socks off if having a rest break or part way through a Stage before starting up again. Any views on this...

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