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  1. KariC

    Portugese Coastal route starting March 3

    1. Is it better to start at Porto or Tui for a fulfilling experience? What is recommended for 1st time? Definitely start in Porto, or even farther south than that, since you have three weeks. Some of the most amazing part of that is south of Tui. 2. I generally dont like cold weather. Will...
  2. KariC


    I walked with Dirty Girl Gaitors - incredibly lightweight, and they come in hundreds of colors/patterns, so men can wear them too. They're good at keeping debris out; keeping laces tied, and keeping feet dry. They might not work for a prolonged deluge, but work for lighter rain.
  3. KariC

    Sleeping bag liner

    I don't know the brand, but that's what I used, too - cut far enough down so getting out at night wasn't a problem. If you do end up cutting yours, do the sewing before the cutting - if you feel you need to be able to seal it at all, I like the velcro buttons suggestion above - a stip of...
  4. KariC

    Partial coastal or full inland route?

    I did it the way you are proposing, and it was great. Being from the desert, I thought I would want to go longer along the ocean, but I am actually thrilled that' I followed some people I met up with inland.
  5. KariC

    Help with beautiful spots for making a proposal (of marriage!)

    Camino de agua y piedras, along the variante espiritual! El Camino de agua y piedras, along the variante espiritual!
  6. KariC

    To plan or not to plan?

    I've only done the Português, but my understanding is that the albergues along that route are smaller than the ones along the Francés. It only takes one or two loud people to mess up your sleep, but to the extent that being around 100s of people contributed to the problem, you might find the...
  7. KariC

    Le Puy musings and plannings....

    Thanks, everyone, for this very helpful information - my own trip, starting from Le Puy, is very much in the dreaming phase, not having moved onto planning, so it's great info. A question: everyone seems to assume that making reservations at some point is advisable. My question is whether...
  8. KariC

    First-timer looking for Advice

    Hi, Caroline, I think you're approaching it just right. Going with the flow was a complete change from my normal self and normal life, and it was entirely do-able on the Camino. I also decided to walk the coastal route, but changed my mind to switch to the Central route, and then on a...
  9. KariC

    How to maximise 5 days, finishing in Santiago?

    My advice would be to do less than 100 miles and to do it at a sane pace. The Camino shouldn't be a miserable, beyond-exhaustion exercise in brutality. Enjoy it. Don't go for a compostela - there are ways to appreciate the beauty, spirituality, and community without feeling you have to walk...
  10. KariC

    Camino de PORTUGUÉS from la Guarda starting in November

    Boa sorte on your camino - BTW, there's no "de" in it - as written, it would translate from Spanish as "path of Portuguese." (In Portuguese, it's written "português"). I think the confusion comes in because there is a "de" or "del" before Santiago / norte / invierno, because those are nouns...
  11. KariC

    Silk liners...

    I use a mummy one - never felt my feet or legs being constricted, and less fabric = less weight, even as little as silk liners weigh.
  12. KariC

    Camino Portugues, Coastal route from Porto - Itinerary help

    Why wait til you reach Portugal before getting your credencial? You can get it on this website - just look at the blue (at least it's blue on my computer) bar on top, Camino Passport.
  13. KariC

    Ladies Osprey Packs

    I got and used an Exos 58 - absolutely loved it - so lightweight and completely comfortable to wear.
  14. KariC

    Boat from Vilanova de Arousa to Padron

    I would have said roughly 3 hours, going from memory. I understand larger boats are going these days (as opposed to the approx 15 passenger raft-like boat I was on in 2016) so those may be faster.
  15. KariC

    Boat from Vilanova de Arousa to Padron

    Padrón. I recall the boat arriving late morning, but it depends on departure time, which depends on a lot of human and nature factors.
  16. KariC

    Reading while on the Camino

    I did. Got tons read on transatlantic flights, and of course, a kindle-ish device is lightweight and you can set the backlighting low enough so you don't disturb fellow pilgrims. Highly recommend.
  17. KariC


    If your friend wouldn't take offense at the request, there are strips you can put in your mouth that look a lot like the Listerine fresh breath strips, but they do something to reduce snoring. I think they work OK, but perhaps not for really loud cases. If your friend's in denial or is...
  18. KariC

    How is CP Compostela calculated

    It's not a ferry. At least when I did it in 2016, it was a large inflated raft-like boat that accommodated 20 people or so. We signed up at the albergue the night before, and I happened to be the one to get the last available seat. Things may have changed in three years, but I definitely don't...
  19. KariC

    First time walker - poles needed on Portuguese Coastal from Porto?

    Jane, I use them in the mountains for downhills in New Mexico, and did NOT need them on the Caminho Português! Unless they're a can't-do-without item for you, I would recommend against anything that falls into the "I'm going to carry this extra weight on the chance I might need it even tho I've...
  20. KariC

    Buying Hiking Poles

    Then by all means! It's like shoes - people swear that their brand is the best, as if one thing would be the right answer for all bodies - what works best for YOU is what you should do.

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