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  1. joecamino

    Dazed or confused after Camino?

    I can't be the first person to come off the Camino-- weeks of living focused, fairly well-structured days-- and feel a little bit lost. There's no job to jump back into. If I did get the flash of insight-- the "This is what you're gonna do with your life!" moment I'd hoped for-- well, I must...
  2. joecamino

    Finished my Camino, but not done walking

    First, Thank You to the people on this forum. Last week I finished a terrific Camino-- 40 days from SJPdP to Santiago. It´s a journey I might not have started without the support I got here. I won´t be heading back to the US for a couple months, and know that I really want to keep on walking--...
  3. joecamino

    After Santiago

    With the help of many people on this Forum and on the walk, I arrived in Santiago this week! What an experience! I'm taking everything in, greeting new friends as they walk in-- and also thinking about what's next. Hoping folks here might have some ideas. I want to hang out with a friend in...
  4. joecamino

    In León- now what?

    OK, I know the answer is something like "Keep heading West!" ;) but I am hoping for suggestions folks might have on good stopping points, places one shouldn't (or ought to) miss, etc. I'll probably average 20-25km daily, with some long and short days mixed in. Thanks!
  5. joecamino

    LIVE from the Camino Burgos to León-- best route

    Hola! Yesterday I walked into Burgos, 17 days after leaving SJPdP. Tomorrow I pick up a rental bike for what I hope will be a 3-day ride across the Meseta. Does anyone have guidance on best cycling route(s) to León? Wherever possible-- and safe-- I'd prefer to ride the road, and leave the...
  6. joecamino

    Cycling the Meseta?

    Just walked into Pamplona a few hours ago-- so thanks first for all the encouragement that helped to get me here. The Pyrenees were hard but they didn't kill me. I'm now getting stronger and having more fun. A chat with another pilgrim got me thinking about crossing the Meseta by bike. My...
  7. joecamino

    Meltdowns. How did/do you handle them?

    I fly out to Europe tonight, and expect to have some amazing experiences on my Camino. Based on what I've read and heard from others, possibly some pretty challenging ones too. So...anyone care to share a story of hitting the wall / having a meltdown on their Camino-- or seeing someone else...
  8. joecamino

    Lodging on first few days

    In a week I start walking. I'm feeling a bit intimidated by The Pyrenees, but have decided to start at St Jean anyway, and take the Valcarlos route. Do the municipal albergues in Valcarlos / Roncesvalles accept reservations? Are there other lodging options there that do? Is Valcarlos the...
  9. joecamino

    Best ways to organize one's pack

    I fly out in less than a week....excited, nervous, and trying to finish up pack list. Can anyone share some good tips on how they organize their gear for the Camino? I'll be carrying an Osprey Stratos 36L pack, and want to get the most from it (Note: not "stuff the most into it" ;-) One...
  10. joecamino

    A few gear questions (sticks, bag, weights)

    So, I’ve got my two biggest pieces of gear nailed down-- an Osprey pack and Merrell shoes (a size larger than normal!) I've been working on other key items-- wonder if I can get some thoughts from folks here before spending more $$$. 1. Trekking poles. Who knew there’d be so many options...
  11. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    This feels like the right year for me to walk the Camino-- much change in my life, and many "What's it all about?" questions to chew on. But I'm feeling fear, because I'm not in the best shape of my life. If it's possible to "train as I go," I'd really like to get on the road in May-- before...
  12. joecamino

    Rest days...

    I've a few questions about rest days on the CF, and am curious to hear people's experiences If you took rest days, were they on any kind of schedule (say, every 6th day)? Based on how your body was feeling? Driven by how much you liked a town? Or did you plan beforehand to spend extra time...
  13. joecamino

    Several possible start dates-- big difference?

    I plan to walk my first Camino (Frances) this year. From reading the forum, it sounds like the route gets busier as one goes later in the year. Is there a significant difference-- in crowds and weather-- across these possible start times? Early April Mid April Early May Mid May Starting in...