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  1. Damien Reynolds

    Camino Frances in November?

    Hi friends. Been awhile. But I always come back. So let's just say I now have a lot of time on my hands. Thinking about an impromptu camino in November. I'll fly out to Madrid, train to Leon, walk from there. Its a path I've followed many times so not worried about how do deal with the walk /...
  2. Damien Reynolds

    Hard Core Salvador + Primitivo + Finnesterre Itinerary

    My 2018 plan... This is all based on Beatrice's experience and Laurie's previous guidance. I have 3 months to train my ass off, to be able to pull this one. I think I can and already feel inspired.
  3. Damien Reynolds

    Hola amigos. I'm back. Camino primitivo in Sept 2018.

    So last year I bailed on the camino because I did the John Muir Trail in Cali. Well this year, due to some logistics difficulties, I am headed to Spain again. Yay. I am anxious to reconnect with my friends from the past. And figure out really the best route for me this year. As of now I have a...
  4. Damien Reynolds

    Warning! Don't go to Atocha station in Madrid without coins in your pocket if you have to pee!

    So I arrived in Madrid Barajas about 2:15, and immigration took a while. I was finally free to continue my travels around 3:15. Now I was a little nervous about catching my train at Atocha at 4:23, so I skipped the bathroom at the airport, deciding I better get to the train station first. I...
  5. Damien Reynolds

    holy cow, its my 8th time out, and I'm nervous...

    So these last two days have been nerve wracking at work. I had to do things like budget forecasts and finalizing contracts at a pace I would not rather. And then I come home, thinking its time to chill and final pack, and my adrenaline and nerves rise. I am heading out again, after numerous...
  6. Damien Reynolds

    As Mother's day approaches... a Camino memory

    Mother's Day for me these last few years is a bittersweet day. I remember the woman who birthed me, raised me, made me who I am through genetic influence and caring gestures of trust, and hope. It is bittersweet because she is no longer around. My first Camino was because of my mother. She had...
  7. Damien Reynolds

    Don't worry, about a thing... (top five fears and why they shouldn't be)

    Ok, so getting ready to head out again, I am startled a little by the "worrisome" posts I've seen on this forum. Um, its a walk in the park, or more accurately, a walk across a country... Here is my response to those most prominent fears, hoping to encourage newbies to get into it. 1) I am...
  8. Damien Reynolds

    Practical Tips to take care of about 2 weeks before you leave for the Camino...

    Hi everyone. I am getting ready to head out in about 2 weeks again and this is my checklist of things to do that you might not have considered. I am assuming that by this time the pre-camino training plan is well underway and all equipment has been purchased, acquired, and worn in where...
  9. Damien Reynolds

    In 5 weeks I go back... looking again for the known, and unknown

    Every time at a business meeting when my associates learn I'll be taking several weeks off, and they ask where I'll be headed, those that know me wait patiently for the ensuing conversation... Me: "I am going to Spain to walk across the country." The newbies: "What?" The friends: "You are...
  10. Damien Reynolds

    Be the one who... (advice for maximizing Camino experience)

    My first couple of trips were with family, and the joys and pains of the way were shared within a discrete group. I learned later, after walking a bit, that the joys can be spread, the pains diminished by: 1. Being the one who looks out for like minded or lonely individuals and inviting them...
  11. Damien Reynolds

    For those of you walking alone...

    Don't fret, it is my preferred mode of choice. I will sound like a cliche but there is never "alone" on the Camino. If you are on the Frances, within 3 days you will have met up with similar folk who walk at the same pace. If you are lucky, they will speak your language. If you are really...
  12. Damien Reynolds

    Another special moment unique to the Camino experience...

    This is another time that touched me, and will give a taste to what you may expect, if you are lucky and open. My second walk was with my sister. She poured it on in the beginning, exclaiming even "this is easy!" on a walk from Astorga to Rabanal. I told her to keep her voice down. See...
  13. Damien Reynolds

    Have you ever raced a Spaniard?

    Ok, I realize, in advance, that this thread is certainly not in the veign of the "spirit of the camino". But it happens. As some of you know, I walk long days. In order to walk long days, I tend to walk fast. Now, this is not a crazy fast walking speed, but probably 10-15% faster than your...
  14. Damien Reynolds

    My Single Most Greatest Camino Memory, What's yours?

    OK, after meeting my mother of 55 in Leon we had actually managed to walk from Leon to Arca in 13 days, and we knew we were going to make it to Santiago in time to make our trip a fabulous success. Anticipation was welling. Before I had left, a great personal mentor of mine, an older...
  15. Damien Reynolds

    A Camino Story (The Camino Provides)... Do you have one?

    A "Camino Story" is a story about a freakish but beautiful coincidence while walking along the way. It is said that whatever you ask for on the Camino, you will receive. An example of a camino story I have personally experienced involves Rebecca from Australia (2009) having a vision of a Green...
  16. Damien Reynolds

    Practical tip: How to pronounce "Diarrhea" in Spain

    Ok, this is meant to be sort of funny, but also practical. On about 1/3 of my Caminos at some point, along the journey, I have suffered with diarrhea. It's not fun. I have no clue what caused it, but I have noticed that in my latest Caminos I have not experienced it as much. I think it may be...
  17. Damien Reynolds

    Is Quico a crazy uncle or is the house a cool place to stay? (Granja de Moreruela)

    Its been about 3 weeks since I've looked at my itinerary, and I am starting to further narrow down some of my sleeping options. I am planning on stopping in Granja de Moreruela, which gives me two options apparently: Albergue de peregrinos de Granja de Moreruela or...
  18. Damien Reynolds

    Silly me, wanting to fall in love on the Camino

    Ok, its melodramatic but true... One of the reasons I keep going back is because I'm looking for "her". This year, before I left for the Camino, I had a dream, literally. I dreamt I met a woman fair, who could keep up with extended distances, who would sing with me along open expanses and not...
  19. Damien Reynolds

    Don't Hate Me... Itinerary review for Caceres to SDC

    Ok, so this next camino I used a new tool (to me at least) that allows easy calculations of the starting point, the intermediate stops, and the ultimate goal. It probably saved me about 4 hours of manual labor... but without any actual experience walking the VDLP, I have no idea if it is fool's...
  20. Damien Reynolds

    Where to start? Will I see wildflowers?

    OK I had thought I had made my mind up. My next Camino would be a combination of Norte and Primitivo. Then I started thinking about it again. Do I really want to see again what has already been seen? How about a new challenge, something different? Something beautiful that I haven't yet...

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