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  1. Ian L

    Barefoot training

    I would never actually walk a Camino barefoot or in minimalist footwear, but I have integrated it and other feet strengthening exercises into my training. Foot pain has not been an issue since! I got the idea for this after reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest...
  2. Ian L

    Video: What's in my Pack? Let the debate begin ...

    @Robo I'm also a fan of foam rolling so I purchased a Tiger Tail Roadster for my last Camino - https://tigertailusa.com/product/the-roadster/ At 200g it won't save you any weight but it would save you some space. Unfortunately, I never got to use it there since it was in a checked bag with...
  3. Ian L

    On the Camino: One Day at a Time, one Photo at a Time 4.0.

    It looks like Matt has a utility belt that would make Batman jealous! He even has a roll of duct tape and bungee cords on there! lol!
  4. Ian L

    On the Camino: One Day at a Time, one Photo at a Time 4.0.

    Getting started in the morning from Calzada del Coto July 2019. It was a unanimous discussion, even the cat seemed to prefer taking the Roman Road.
  5. Ian L

    West Highland Way

    Thanks for posting this Duane, nice write-up and pics! I have plans to walk the GGW this summer if conditions permit. We will be spending some extra time in Scotland to do some more sightseeing, so if the weather is good I would like to try hiking up Ben Nevius.
  6. Ian L

    The Best Clothing ? And the winner is....

    Most of my Camino/hiking gear has become my everyday clothing due to the comfort and allows me to be ready to take a long walk whenever I get the chance. Socks - The Wrightsock coolmesh socks have worked the best for me in hot weather. They are double layer but still very cool. For colder...
  7. Ian L

    Altra = Happy Feet?

    I will give the Olympus a try next Camino. I think the Timps would probably be sufficient for all the hard surfaces, but I'm not getting any younger either!
  8. Ian L

    Altra = Happy Feet?

    I've had a pair of LP 3.5s for a couple of years. I have no idea how many miles I've put on them, but I'd say my experience has been the same as John Newman, besides normal wear on the ball of the foot, they are still in pretty good shape. I've been mostly hiking in my Altra Timp 1.5s this year...
  9. Ian L

    Comment by 'Ian L' in media 'The Best lemonade stall'

    I also stopped there in 2017, I believe it was going into Obanos.
  10. Ian L

    Milano meets Camino

    You're not a "real" pilgrim until you walk a Camino in heels! LOL
  11. Ian L

    Special albergues on the Meseta

    I enjoyed my stay there also. It's pretty close to the middle of the Frances when starting from SJPP.
  12. Ian L

    Walked the Appalachian Trail for Three Days.

    I did some day hikes on the AT this summer. My favorite was Mount Katahdin in Maine. Baxter Peak on the mountain is the northern end of the AT. The 10.4 mile (16.7km) trip up to the peak and back took me about 11 hours. Mount Katahdin is also the highest point in Maine at 5,269 feet (1,606 m)...
  13. Ian L

    LIVE from the Camino Doing the Camino Frances.

    It looks like Manjarin was closed. I stopped there for a beer on a hot summer day, it's an interesting place to check out.
  14. Ian L

    Fromista Canals? What was their purpose??

    If you keep following it from Fromista the one leg will take you to Palencia and then ends in Valladolid. It looks like an interesting walk!
  15. Ian L

    Comment by 'Ian L' in media 'It's Hard Work being a Pilgrim!'

    I didn't arrive in Logrono until late in the day and the Albergue had an early curfew, so I only had time to grab some fast food. Well, this gives me an excuse to do another Camino Frances!
  16. Ian L

    On this date in August...

    Sounds like a good time to go, now all I have to do is wait until I can return!
  17. Ian L

    On this date in August...

    Was the Camino crowded at that time? I've heard that the August crowds don't start until the last 100K. I've only been there during late June and July, which I will probably go around then next time, but it would be nice to know if August is a possibility. I won't be doing the last 100K so that...
  18. Ian L

    Past Sarria

    I stayed in the same albergues as you in Acebo, Fillobal, and Barbadelo last summer. I really enjoyed that part of the Camino. I think the only two things in Fillobal are the albergue and bar, lol! The food at the bar was excellent, and the woman that works there was really friendly and...
  19. Ian L

    Trail runners: Altra or Brooks, or Hoka????

    I have both Altra Timps (high cushion) and Lone Peaks (medium cushion). I like the fit and cushioning of the Timps much better, my feet seem to slide toward the front of the Lone Peaks. I haven't tried the Olympus (maximum cushion). I think the only way to know how you like zero drop shoes is...
  20. Ian L

    Carrion de los Condes

    There was even a little snack bar in the park when leaving Villovieco on the river route. I don't think we saw another pilgrim on this route last summer. It seemed more interesting than walking beside the main road.