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  1. ebrandt

    Forum Book Club - 3 - Walk in a Relaxed Manner (Joyce Rupp)

    I agree that trying to coordinate a section by section read is virtually impossible. And its a nice idea if those of us who are more familiar with the forum can link up our responses to other places in the forum that are relevant. But I think the book club is naturally going to raise topics...
  2. ebrandt

    Forum Book Club - 3 - Walk in a Relaxed Manner (Joyce Rupp)

    Let me say first that I am a control freak and do lots and lots of preparing. I have lists, plans, you name it! But what is needed? I think it’s important to work on your walking fitness. By that I mean, regular long and short walks for at least a couple months. Make sure to get in some all...
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    Forum Book Club - 3 - Walk in a Relaxed Manner (Joyce Rupp)

    I read this book some years ago and just skimmed it again. I have to confess it was this book and one by a German guy whose name I forget (seems like he was a bit of a public personality in Germany), that put me off camino memoirs! There were some gems in the book, but I guess I found it a...
  4. ebrandt

    Forum Book Club - 2 - To the Field of Stars (Kevin Codd)

    I have to agree with everything you wrote @C clearly . This was the second book I ever read about the camino (after Gitlitz). A Lutheran pastor friend of mine knows Kevin Codd and gave the book to me as a gift. It made me laugh and also helped me believe I could actually do the camino. It...
  5. ebrandt

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    ... is also marked on Brierly's map of Rodeiro.
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    Forum Book Club - 1 - The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago (Gitlitz and Davidson)

    I bought this book when I first heard of the Camino -- my daughter was walking from Burgos with a small group from her college in May 2009. I read it as I followed her walk and ended up reading it cover to cover. I was so glad I had done so before we walked in 2013. My (paperback) copy was...
  7. ebrandt

    Forum Book Club - Getting started, with book nominations

    A Furnace Full of God, by Rebekah Scott
  8. ebrandt

    Walking into Burgos on the Camino Vasco

    New question about the walk into Burgos. It turns out my husband is a purist and is opposed to taking a bus/cab (who knew?). Maybe he will change his mind. But in the meantime, I was looking at maps and it appears that just after Villamar, the route crosses the Rio Vena. There appears to be...
  9. ebrandt

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    The planning itself can bring a bit of the camino home too! I can just get totally transported by reading, googling, looking at pics and blogs! And I need to be transported these days!
  10. ebrandt

    Walking into Burgos on the Camino Vasco

    Thanks @SabineP and @Michael; Camino-addicted! These are great tips. It will be two of us walking and we have done a couple of very lonely caminos so I think we will be OK in that regard.
  11. ebrandt

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    Gosh -- I have been trying to follow this and every time I sign on the string has taken off again! I finally have caught up. I've been busily adding notes to my planning document. Unlike @Kanga I plan and plan and just dream about walking while I'm doing it. Then we start walking and the...
  12. ebrandt

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    This made me laugh and brought back a fun little camino memory. On our very first camino we met a lovely young woman from South Africa the first day. We all stayed in Roncesvalles and woke up with the singing the following morning. It was early April and still quite drack outside. Our South...
  13. ebrandt

    Planning a “25 km or less” Camino on the Invierno

    We are planning to walk the Invierno this coming fall, if possible pandemic-wise. We are planning this same stage -- Molinasca to Villavieja. It looks to be about 26.5 km which is slightly longer than our perferred limit of 25 km, but still doable for us. Then we plan to walk only as far as...
  14. ebrandt

    Walking into Burgos on the Camino Vasco

    Thanks all! I’m on my IPad now so translate isn’t easilyaccessible — can’t wait to read the links. One of the reasons I asked I’d that I know there is Roman stuff on that stage and didn’t want to plan something tha might cause us to miss it!
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    Walking into Burgos on the Camino Vasco

    Hi All, This forum on the Vasco has been very, very quiet! I am planning to walk the Vasco this fall , all pandemic things permitting. I am wondering about the last stage into Burgos. It looks to me like the walk into Burgos from Villimar (just after the BU30) ring road) is on busy city...
  16. ebrandt

    Best Weather Guesses!

    Thanks for all this info -- it is very helpful. I have Plans A, B and C for walking a camino in 2021 or 2022. I think Plan A (working at Miraz from 4 Aug through 18 Aug 2021 and then walking the Vasco/Frances/Invierno) is probably unrealistic. I am not over 65, do not have any co-morbidities...
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    Best Weather Guesses!

    Oh wow @mspath! Thanks for the input. That looks like some walk in 2009! If we walk in spring 2022, we will likely walk the VdLP starting mid March, so it would be mid April by the time we got to Astorga —about when we were walking on our first Camino. Your blog is a good cautionary tale in...
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    Best Weather Guesses!

    Hi all, we are planning a fall 2021 or spring 2022 camino. I have a couple routes in mind — either the Vasco del Interior to the Frances to the Invierno or the Via de la Plata via Astorga. We have twice served as hospitaleros at Refugio Gaucelmo and want to walk through Rabanal so we can see...
  19. ebrandt

    Where have all the bookmarks gone?

    Mmmmmm... you learn something new every day! I’ve always just watched threads but never booked marked specific posts! That’s a bummer if others’ bookmarks are gone!
  20. ebrandt

    Where have all the bookmarks gone?

    What do you all mean by “bookmarks”? My list of watched threads is still there intact.......
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