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  1. Pilar

    Four Categories of Pilgrims

    I appreciate your comments and also am reticent to open up and share lest the same happens to me.
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    Altus poncho repair help needed

    I re-sealed my seams with the iron on tape. Low temperature iron and using a cotton cloth to protect the nylon. So far so good. The curved seams are a little more difficult but manageable.
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    Free socks

    Feetures does the same. I have done it without issue.
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    Free socks

    Very resourceful! I identify with that!
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    Washing Backpack - Dumb Questin?

    I too wash my pack in a front loading machine. I take it to a self-service laundromat with high capacity machines. Slip it in lengthwise with a mild soap and it is like new when it comes out. I air dry it. I have done Vaude, Osprey, Arcteryx and Gregory packs without adverse effects. I use a...
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    Via Francigena Insights

    Mille grazie!
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    Via Francigena Insights

    I find that resource difficult to use. I’ll try again. Thanks.
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    Via Francigena Insights

    We are in Bolsena. We have experienced the same thing. We will be in La Storta on 5/11 and are having trouble finding a place to stay. Where did you end up.
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    End of the day sandals

    I had a pair of those (Birkenstock plastic). I carried them on the outside of my bag and let me just say they don’t like the heat. They shrank for lack of the scientific term. Comfortable until I couldn’t wear them anymore.
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    Italy in September

    Doing the same in May. Will watch this thread for advice.
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    Flying with poles in carryon.

    I agree. I have not had a problem USA to Madrid but 50/50 Madrid to USA. Never in Santiago or France. Next time will mail my poles home when finished and not worry about it.
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    SIM card

    I have used Vodaphone and Orange in the past. Last two years the Vodaphone coverage was not very good on the Norte last year and Madrid this year. Check the coverage for the areas you will be in to make sure you will be likely to have the best signal.
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    Hiking Shoe - dilemma

    I have worn out 3 pairs of Lone Peaks. I wore XA Pro 3D GTX prior to the Lone Peaks. I wasn’t unhappy with the Salomon’s but would not return to them. I also tried the Timp and found it fit differently. Narrower and shorter. My Lone Peaks were not as durable and did not last as many miles as the...
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    A bad dream

    What a godsend in disguise. You never walk alone. Prayers for a complete recovery. Thanks for the reminder.
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    How many km for albergue?

    On the Norte, the Albergue de Perigrinos San José in Zumaia requires a minimum of 15 kms walked but that is the only one I can recall.
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    When to buy Travel Insurance

    I live in US and I have used Allianz for my travel insurance and have been pleased. There was a medical emergency and they covered without a hassle for an early return home. I purchase day of buying airline. Easy to use website and good service.
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    Anthony Bourdain, Mental Health, and the Camino de Santiago

    Thanks. I am sure I am not alone in thinking that the author’s description of his life somehow parallels our own.
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    Getting Old.

    These fit in the belt pocket of my pack and they work very well.
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    Question about Altra shoes

    The Lone Peak is a great shoe. I am also a convert after many miles in Saloman and Ahnu to name two. The cushion in the Olympus is more than in the Lone Peak and the heel slightly higher. If you are concerned with the drop, consider the Olympus. Disappointed to hear of the wetness issue in damp...