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  1. J

    COVID Do you still feel like walking?

    Definitely planning on going (Primitivo)...maybe September? Had bookings for May/June but cancelled. Waiting to see how the virus progresses in Spain.
  2. J

    COVID Albergues openings — Camino Primitivo — Summer 2020

    Thank you very much. Looking at rebooking my CP for September. :)
  3. J

    Recommended men's trousers please

    checkout this website: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/clothing-mens/best-hiking-pants
  4. J

    Recommended men's trousers please

    Prana hiking pants, with zip-off legs have worked well for me. These dry quickly and have some stretch to them.
  5. J

    Cancelation Insurance due to Coronavirus

    Bought a policy last week which allows me to 'cancel for any reason'. This covers up to 75% (as noted above), and, of course, I had to pay up for this coverage.
  6. J

    How do YOU book your ticket to Spain?

    Buying airline tickets is a 'game'. I have found that the prices can change almost daily, and it does not matter which site you use to buy on. Because of this I have learned to check pricing almost every day, and when I see a 'good' price I book it. I do not expect, or think, that I will be...
  7. J

    Barefoot hiking shoes/boots?

    IMHO, I would not recommend this. There are parts of the Camino, (often enough) when you are walking on rocks - not small stones, but rocks the size of your fist, or larger, which would likely be hard on your feet. I would suggest something with a Vibram sole which can take this sort of...
  8. J

    Exploration day at the end: Estella or Los Arcos?

    stayed at Cortidores last year...really liked it. Good choice :)
  9. J

    Senior Newbies planning first Camino- advice?

    in SJPP i stayed at Hotel Itzalpea. Would stay there again
  10. J

    Booking rooms in advance

    Did the CF last Sept/Oct. and, for the most part, booked rooms two to three days ahead, except for the first three nights, which i booked before making the trip. Never had any problems, though it may be busier in June.
  11. J

    Air & Ground Transport to Sarria

    There would be many options on how to handle this. Direct flights from the US, best I know, only go into Madrid and Barcelona....or Lisbon and perhaps Porto in Portugal. From Madrid you could fly into Santiago and take bus (or maybe train) to Sarria. However, it would be less complicated to fly...
  12. J

    Route plan—help needed! (Bilbao, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port)

    Agree that 16:55 is probably too late to catch transport from Bilbao. Have you looked at taking train from Bilbao to Pomplona (4 to 5 hours, about US$30), and bus from Pomplona to SJPP (< 2 hours)? Not sure about accommodating your health issue, but you might try contacting some...
  13. J

    Which is the best rain JACKET to buy?

    Agree with GuyA on Arc'teryx - though pricey. Wore it last year on the CF in two days of rain, which was often a downpour. Used a backpack cover with dry bags and neither I nor anything in the bag got wet.
  14. J

    Train Schedules Barcelona to Pamplona ...

    If I recall correctly, tickets aren't available until 90 days before? Make sure that you are on a website that offers tickets for that route - e.g., i am currently looking for tickets from Madrid to Olviedo (Camino Primitivo), and Renfe does not run a direct train for that route, but Alvia does...
  15. J

    Orthotics

    Larger shoes may be worth trying. For myself, i wear a size 11.5 casual/dress shoe, 12.0 in a running shoe, and 12.5 in my hiking shoes. In fact, the web site for my hiking shoe said that if i wear an Asics/New Balance running shoe, then i should wear a 1/2 size larger in my hiking (North Face)...
  16. J

    Mid/Low Hiking Boots

    IMHP, and speaking for just myself, high cut boots would be overkill and found that any extra support a higher cut boot would give was not necessary. There may be moments when it would be nice to have, but the weight and loss of flexibility in a high cut is not desirable.
  17. J

    Matador Soap Bar Case

    I took one bar of Dr. B. soap in the Matador. It was barely enough to get me thru (from SJPP to Santiago), and I spent four nights in hotels where i didn't use it - also, did not use it for laundry, but used Sea to Summit Pocket laundry wash - dry leaves. I'd suggest you take two bars, or maybe...
  18. J

    Matador Soap Bar Case

    used it for the CF which i completed last month. Worked great - didn't leak, easy to use. Glad i bought it.
  19. J

    Best Mobile Phone SIM card and plan in Europe?

    if you want, you can buy the card in the US before you go - Amazon has Orange, and probably others. Might be a little easier buying before you go because you need to register the SIM. This does not activate the SIM (i.e. start the clock running on your 30 days) as that happens when you turn your...
  20. J

    Internet for Maps

    for a SIM card, you can buy that before you go - Amazon, or elsewhere. i think i've seen somewhere in the Camino Forum where the best coverage may be thru Orange or Vodafone.


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