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  1. joecamino

    Where is the steep and lengthen rocky (pebbles) descent?

    Wow, this thread's bringing back memories! I went into my Camino well aware of the major climbs, but pretty clueless about the big descents. Reading this, I can remember every one mentioned. I can't imagine getting through them without hiking poles.
  2. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    Excellent! And if Sept doesn't work out, the Camino will still be there next Spring :) . Buen Camino!
  3. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    Hey thanks David. I reread my post, and see how it could have been unclear. Didn't mean to put words in your mouth-- I know you didn't say (write) that. What I meant to say is close to what you wrote. I did start without training, As hoped, I did get stronger as I went. Your point about...
  4. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    Thanks Nana. Did you walk in May, or is still ahead of you?
  5. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    I wouldn't go so far as saying it was all downhill once I crossed The Pyrenees. There were plenty more challenges to come-- especially mental ones (like extreme fear before each "landmark" big climb.) But that said, it really wasn't rougher than I expected. Perhaps more accurately, I got to see...
  6. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    Thanks Paul. I watched that film quite some time ago, and forgot about this.
  7. joecamino

    Advice of those who have walked May/June

    Hello. This is a great time to go! I walked my CF in 2017, leaving SJPDP on May 5th. I caught all kinds of weather in that time frame-- from rain, to a heat wave in Galicia-- but most days were quite pleasant. Beyond that, walking this time of year I saw everything in it's spring glory! A...
  8. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    And a healthy liver too! :) I didn't drink a lot wine...but there were cold beers on warm days that remain some of the best I've ever enjoyed.
  9. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    Thank you Ellen. That's just what I did! :)
  10. joecamino

    Repeating the camino - opinions please!

    Just wanted to say "Wow!" Twelve years between your first and second-- fourteen more years of living before your third. I have to think you brought three very different perspectives to your Camino's, and saw the Camino change a great deal over that time. Would love to hear more if you care to...
  11. joecamino

    Just...Wow!

    Those jumped out at me too. Was gonna make a wise crack about a pilgrim loopy on too much wine. Then I followed Jeff Crawley's "stack of coins" advice, and it appears to be Senda del Pastoreo / GR282 According one site, it is a "Multi-day route through the mountains of Alava...based on the...
  12. joecamino

    What is the most unusual thing you have seen on any Camino?

    The Prado was amazing! Definitely going back someday
  13. joecamino

    What is the most unusual thing you have seen on any Camino?

    Yep, it's a detail from Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. One of the trippiest paintings I've ever seen-- and I've been to Dali's house! lol
  14. joecamino

    WiFi Hackers/Snoopers

    Hiya Kirkie-- I'll take a shot at answering. If you use VPN software on your computer, it will connect to a VPN server and create an encrypted connection. Think of this as an opaque "pipe" between the computers. All your internet activity will pass through this pipe, and anyone snooping won't be...
  15. joecamino

    Disaster strikes

    Of course! Yes, Honey Badger served me well. Rented her from Velobur in Burgos.
  16. joecamino

    23 days to walk Camino Frances in May

    I also cycled this stretch, and thought it was a great adventure! This approach might also give you an extra week to see more of the Camino, including the Meseta. More info on my experience here. Buen Camino!
  17. joecamino

    Disaster strikes

    Ouch- sorry to hear about that. :( I can only speak to the stretch between Burgos and Leon-- I chose to cycle that part of a StPdP to Santiago walk in 2017. For the most part you'll find it a breeze-- a lot of road riding and minimal climbing. The one exception I can recall was on my first...
  18. joecamino

    Hiking at Night?

    Whoa! I remember what a bitch that was in early afternoon. Can't imagine walking it in the dark
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