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  1. LakeMcD

    Prefer to carry weight on my shoulders

    I've always been a proponent of dividing the load of my pack between some ratio shoulders and hips, often changing the ratio throughout the day. We pack rather lightly with a base weight of about 11 pounds. On our last camino my wife had some problems with her hips and felt better carrying the...
  2. LakeMcD

    Hotel with airport shuttle for early flight from SdC

    Hello everyone, I’m looking for advice on a hotel in Santiago de Compostela that offers free shuttle service to the airport for a 6:30 AM flight. Any ideas would be appreciated. Many Thanks, Gary
  3. LakeMcD

    Starting on July 11th

    This will be the 5th year in a row of pilgrimage. We start the Salvador on July 11th after hearing so much about it, and will walk the Primitivo again afterwards. Will post when we can. Buen Camino
  4. LakeMcD

    Pack transport on Salvador

    Hello all, We had a wonderful camino last year along the LePuy, this year it will be the Salvador/Primativo. Anyone know of pack transport along the Salvador. We tried Jacotrans but it looks like they are not doing it anymore. Many Thanks, Gary
  5. LakeMcD

    Fishing opportunities along the way.

    Does anyone have any experience fishing along the Le Puy route? I have a very light tenkara fly rod that I am considering taking this summer if there are opportunities to wet a line along the way.
  6. LakeMcD

    Luggage storage options

    Hello Everyone, I am in the planning stages of the Chemin LePuy for summer of 2018. The plan is to make a week long stop over in Iceland enroute to Paris( at this point we will be flying into and out of Paris). We are in need of suggestions on where to store our cold weather gear while we are...
  7. LakeMcD

    US travel alert

    The US State Department just put out a travel alert for Europe 2 days ago, which prompted me to visit the scary recesses of my brain again. One of those scary thoughts that has arisen the last two years while I’ve been in Santiago for the Feast of St. James week is; what a potential target this...
  8. LakeMcD

    Help with booking Gites

    Hello everyone. I'm in the process of booking my gite reservations on the GR10 portion of our trip and need a little help deciphering the charges and options available. Also any tips on the ins and outs of staying with and without meals when booking would be helpful. Here is an example of what...
  9. LakeMcD

    Anyone else; GR10 > Norte

    Wondering if anyone else has plans for this route this year, I start with treads on the trail June 23rd. Buen Camino
  10. LakeMcD

    New Cicerone; Northern Caminos?

    Anyone know if there is a new one coming out for this year?
  11. LakeMcD

    JFK - Madrid, experiences with Iberia?

    Hello, has anyone had experience with flying Iberia Airlines transcontinental routes?
  12. LakeMcD

    Jul 11 2015 in Granon at "hippie hostel" also..

    the older albergue in Ledigos and finally at municiple albergue in Villacazar.
  13. LakeMcD

    Down vest for June 22- August 6 ?

    Hello everyone, Will I need a light down vest during this period. I should mention that I might take in part of the Norte route at the end of my stay if I have time. Other clothing for my top include: light wool t-shirt, synthetic t-shirt, very light synthetic long sleeve hoody for sun, 1/4...
  14. LakeMcD

    Secondary day pack or.....

    What do people use to stuff what you don't want to leave unattended, carry tablet, cameras, etc... while you sight see after checking in the albergues?
  15. LakeMcD

    Origin of # of sleeps?

    Just wondering where this convention of speech came from.
  16. LakeMcD

    Thoughts on an extra day at SJPDP

    I fly into Madrid and will stay in Bizkarreta on June 22nd and the hostel will transport me to SJPDP the next morning to start my camino. I've never set foot in France before and am wondering if it would be a shame to leave it's borders immediately. As such might it be a better idea to backtrack...
  17. LakeMcD

    What to do with a week after Camino?

    Hello everyone! New to the forum here. I've planned for 5 weeks for Camino Frances including Finisterre and then an extra week. So what to do with the extra week that would not cost more than 400 euros? Portugal? Ireland? I was in Ireland about 5 years ago and have fond memories. Ideas and...

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