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  1. BrienC

    Route Report for Anyone Walking Camino Del Norte

    Hello peregrinos/as,
 During October 2019, I walked the Camino Del Norte, starting in Irún. Then I wrote about the adventure. Excerpt: “The bells not far above our room rang and rang—before six. They rang and they rang. Big bells with deep tones to wake the body, small, high-pitched bells to...
  2. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    Thank you for your thoughts, Tom. Planning after the holidays seems to be the most common answer to my question. In 2016, I walked the Via de la Plata during the fall season. You just don't do that route in summer. The heat is too dangerous. And springtime, as you've noted is very busy. Walking...
  3. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    I think we're a bit off subject, but I think—after two Caminos and many other long-distance adventures—I'm tired of taking it all too seriously. And thanks for your thoughts, Robo.
  4. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    I used to be a project manager. We had this saying, "Plan, plan, plan, and then throw it out the window the first day of the project—'cause nothing goes according to plan." So, now I do as little planning as I have to. I was just asking in general, as a curiosity more than anything.
  5. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    I'm always recommending the "wing it" approach, but it seems that many people are too scared to do that.
  6. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    That was the general time of year I was thinking the answer would be from most folks.
  7. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    I prefer the fall myself.
  8. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    I hear ya. I'm letting the idea of another Camino next fall brew in the old grey matter.
  9. BrienC

    What time of year do people do their planning?

    I'm assuming that Spring is the high season for most non-Spanish pilgrims. But my question is when do these people do their planning, what time of year, how early or late leading up to their Camino? Thanks Much,
  10. BrienC

    Camino Book New book out: "Su Camino..." by Brien Crothers

    That's awesome, Jim. Thanks you for the feedback! Much appreciated. Last year I did the Via de la Plata, but at a slower pace. 33 days for the 1,000km. Also wrote about it, in a route report format. It's on Amazon too. If you would be so kind, please leave a rating on Amazon. Getting ratings and...
  11. BrienC

    Not Exactly Live - VDLP, Fall 2016

    For those interested in this VDLP route report, the entire collection is now available in a Kindle eBook edition. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XKYB3V7/?tag=casaivar02-20 Buen Camino!!!
  12. BrienC

    Not Exactly Live - VDLP, Fall 2016

    Glad you enjoyed the reports. Zamora is one of my favorite cities in Spain. Not large, but beautiful. Buen Camino!
  13. BrienC

    Not Exactly Live - VDLP, Fall 2016

    Excellent idea. That is a long stretch! If you can, catch a ride from Castilblanco to where the Camino leaves the road, taking to dirt track. They are farms roads mostly from that point. I can't remember exactly, but I think it's about in the middle of the 30k. A taxi, if available, could work...
  14. BrienC

    Not Exactly Live - VDLP, Fall 2016

    UPDATE: I've heard from a couple people that the slideshows associated with these reports on my website were not visible. I've finally sorted that out and they should be available to everyone. Thanks ever so much for your patience.
  15. BrienC

    Dangers of Walking Poles

    Been there, done that. I got tripped up in my trekking poles last summer on the John Muir Trail, in California, and am still trying to get one spranged finger back to normal. One long day during my trek, I planned to camp by a lake that was almost 12,000 feet in elevation. This particular day...
  16. BrienC

    Another backpack Question.

    Yep!
  17. BrienC

    Solar charger: Game changer or wasted space?

    On the CF in 2015, I sent my solar charger home - total waste of weight nd space. As others have mentioned, if you are concerned about leaving your phone unattended, bring along a small portable USB battery pack (like 2500 mAh) to charge. Then you charge your phone from it, while in your pocket...
  18. BrienC

    Albergue destroyed by fire in Xunqueira de Ambía

    I would describe the muni (xunta) much the same way, all white and stainless. Stayed there in mid-November, last year. But it had all the comforts, was warm and clean. The Spanish man I was trekking with at the time preferred to stay at the xuntas to support them, ensuring they stay in operation...
  19. BrienC

    Via de la Plata Route Report - Completed

    Sorry for the confusion. The GPS tracks are only included in the version of this route report on my website. And, are only simple screen captures from the Strava app on my phone. Hope this helps, BrienC
  20. BrienC

    Via de la Plata Route Report - Completed

    I used Strava. There are many available apps for tracking. Search this forum to find out what others may favor, and why. I use Strava because I'm an ultra-distance amateur athlete and do a lot of training, both on foot and bike. Strava handles both. Just depends on what your needs are. Cheers...

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