I could tell you all about poles and why I like them but that's about me. From what you said I would tell you to ditch the poles. Doesn't sound like your thing. Sort of like fitting a round peg in a square hole. If it's so important why not just carry one pole like a walking stick?
Depends on the time of year I think. We walked in Aug/September and October 2018. We were shut out of the alburgue at Ibiri Auzoa 20ks outside of Markina-Xemein for not calling ahead. Had to taxi forward as I could not do another 20k that day having walked from Zumaia. Then a few days later...
On the Portuguese Camino we had dinner in with a Portuguese family in Gijon. Barely anyone spoke English and we were gregariously accepted into the fold. I thought the grandmother was going to choke me and the daughter liked my husband a little too much after too much wine and port! Lol.😂
Well, the walking from Vilanova was a hard road slog so we decided to walk to the train station 10k away. So admittedly we took the train to Padron. I just couldn't fathom the road slog after getting my mind set on a boat ride. One of the only transportation we took on our entire Portuguese.
My son's best friend walked the CF the spring after we did in 2015, inspired by our journey. There he met a french Canadian woman and they just got married in the fall. We were on the Camino del Norte. He now lIves with her in Montreal. ❤