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  1. El Cascayal

    Garmin Fenix

    And this is why most Peregrin@s will wind up as 🐢 🐢 🐢 (opportunity for emojis) or hunchbacks. 😂🚶‍♀️🤣
  2. El Cascayal

    Poll ⛅ New emojis in forum names. Good or bad?

    Most popular does not equal most important. There is no ranking system to designate one Camino as more important than another. Each Camino has historical and present day significance for those who have walked before us and long afterwards. Buen Camino.
  3. El Cascayal

    Poll ⛅ New emojis in forum names. Good or bad?

    With all due respect one Camino is in no way more important than another.
  4. El Cascayal

    Petition to stop lithium mine in Cañaveral

    Signed. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.❤️🌎
  5. El Cascayal

    Shoe arches when you get a larger size

    Got to thinking 🤔 while walking this morning in new shoes. If for the Camino many recommend getting 1/2 to 1 full larger 👟 shoe, what happens to the arch that gets shifted? Does it throw everything else out of whack? Like ankles, hips, back. Any thoughts out there? Here thinking about the old...
  6. El Cascayal

    Trekking Poles Turned Me into the Flash

    I thoroughly am on the trekking poles bandwagon. Like many, the Primitivo was my first use. Provided stability, security from falling, plunging puddle depths, parting thorns, waving at critters. Swiftness, lightness of being: got my poles ready to tackle any hilly windmill going up and worst of...
  7. El Cascayal

    That daily shower scramble - a different viewpoint

    Different strokes for different folks. I’m from the tropics. We shower with lukewarm water and soap 1-2x/day. All mammals have the stink potential. Good to get rid of skin bacteria that causes odors especially intertrigenous netherworlds ie down there. Humidity alone often serves as a natural...
  8. El Cascayal

    COVID Forum Store Masks

    Wear the K-95 of your best fit choice and one of Ivar’s cloth Camino masks on top.
  9. El Cascayal

    Shorter Legs and accommodation on the Variante Espiritual

    First of all: Ella, Congratulations and Buen Camino! Hint learned from hospitaleros & small other lodging: it’s easy to book directly with them by sending an email or WhatsApp (most respond quickly) it saves them the exorbitantly high Bookings fee sometimes 18% and is greatly appreciated.
  10. El Cascayal

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

    Thanks Laurie! So, at the risk of being a pain in the grass... On Stage 1, is it not recommended to go to Mirador de Orellan? I thought some folks recommended going there in the afternoon. If you do go, where do you recommend for the first night stop, and when do you recommend Las Medulas? 25-29...
  11. El Cascayal

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

    Thanks Laurie. I guess my question is: For Stage 1 sleep in Borrenes or sleep in one of the Casa Rurales in Orellan if want to visit Mirador de Orellan on first stage and Las Medulas on the way to Sobradelo for stage 2. Covid permitting, I’m hoping to go sometime in late September to early...
  12. El Cascayal

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

    What a wonderful journey this is. THANK YOU so much Laurie and all the Invierno veterans for this detailed incredible excursion!!! I am just now catching up with all of this. Originally my goal was to peek at it nightly, but no such luck. I started the Invierno in 2019 at Casa Pacita in Barxa de...
  13. El Cascayal

    COVID A Covid silver lining story

    For those without NYT access. Cut & paste of this article without pictures. The Pandemic’s Silver Lining? This Village May Have Been Saved by It. Gósol, a tiny village on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, had spent years begging outsiders to come repopulate it. Since 2020, many have come to...
  14. El Cascayal

    What does 'quintana' mean?

    To clarify or perhaps to confuse even further la Quinta could mean a farm or a clinic, heard it as a child, La Quinta Asturiana, which was the local Clinic for expat Asturianos in La Habana. What say you?
  15. El Cascayal

    What was the thing you were most happy to lose on the Camino?

    Lost my yellow-blue all purpose gaiter somewhere on the Primitivo May 2019 right after that bar at the top of the hill when you cross from Asturias to Galicia. My Peregrina buddy from St. Petersburg, Russia sporting same one on her backpack at Monte de Gozo. In the long Pilgrim line I said to...
  16. El Cascayal

    Increase in new posters?

    What with all the new strains that would pop up, we’d need 💉 boosters every week. Or maybe a liquid add on to ever Peregrino meal. 😂
  17. El Cascayal

    No apologies for repetition - I need this😀

    AWESOME!!! Thanks for posting. So HAPPY now!
  18. El Cascayal

    Camino Blues

    Wow wow wow so many things we share. So many here are 67. I’ll happily join you this May. I too find myself obsessed with the Camino & plan different routes daily. A little or a lot insane, don’t know. I’m a Pulmonologist/Critical care doc doing Palliative, this past weekend 10 of my patients...
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