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  1. SFletcher

    Questions from first timer

    These cattle were on the Camino Frances just before Ages (one day before Burgos) in June 2019. It was notable as they were the first cattle we had seen in over a week since Pamplona. They ignored us and kept munching. We stayed on the track through the field and were careful not to get between...
  2. SFletcher

    Meseta or Leon/Sarria - which one first?

    If Leon - Santiago is too long to manage in 2 weeks, you could also consider walking from Burgos to either Astorga or Ponferrada in one visit, then continue from there to Santiago next time. That would even out the stages a bit, and both Astorga and Ponferrada have transport links that would...
  3. SFletcher

    Did you have the luxury of a steaming hot bath during your Camino?

    Another vote for Hotel Norte y Londres in Burgos. We reckoned the bathroom was bigger than some of the albergue rooms we had slept in. It was a very welcome and leisurely wallow as the energy levels were depleted after 9 days walk.
  4. SFletcher

    Have you been sponsored?

    I met one person 2 years ago who said he was being sponsored on his walk. I felt it was was placing additional stress on him - it was as if he had an obligation to complete the walk so as not to disappoint others. He was gym fit but not used to walk up and down hills. If you are going to to...
  5. SFletcher

    The English Way surpasses the Primitive and is the fourth route with more pilgrims

    The Celtic Camino extension is in Ireland, not the UK.
  6. SFletcher

    Post your favorite flower photo taken on Camino.

    Taken June 2019 between Torres del Rio and Viana
  7. SFletcher

    On the countdown..

    There is also an ATM in Burguette, first village after Roncesvalles. The Santander branch is just where the Camino turns right off the main street.
  8. SFletcher

    Wearable Warning Lights for Pilgrims/Walkers

    I have also used bicycle lights that you can get in Decathlon and many other places. They are in a soft Silicone housing with a hook and band that can be clipped around a handlebar, or in this case , a hiking pole.
  9. SFletcher

    Flight cancelled, looking for advice on bus from Biarritz to Bayonne

    Hi Tom, The bus company is Chronoplus and it used to be line 14, but I did a quick check on their website and there seems to be a complete new system starting only last week. If I read it correctly, line 3 and 4 go from Biarritz through the airport and on to Bayonne Place des Basques. Line 4...
  10. SFletcher

    Access to Sain Jean Pied de Port from Greece.

    That should be fly to Biarritz, not Bordeaux
  11. SFletcher

    Nakasendo Way, Tokyo - Kyoto, Japan

    Back to the original question on the Nakasendo - I walked the well - promoted section from Tsumago to Magome in 2015, about 4 hours walk. I have not found anything about the full distance from Tokyo to Kyoto apart from one blog whose author walked it in 2017. He said the walk is a major...
  12. SFletcher

    Lodging Pamplona

    Yes the bus station is on Calle Yanguas y Miranda. It is all located underground. The only visible part is the glass building with the entrance and stairs. On my first visit, I had checked it out the evening before I was travelling, just to get my bearings. I have stayed in Hostal Arriazu and...
  13. SFletcher

    Burgos River Way PDF

    I had downloaded this guide and used it successfully 2 weeks ago, with 4 others tagging along too. There are no arrows along the early part, so without the guide it would have been a leap of faith. There is a blue/yellow camino sign where you turn right at the airport fence. When you get to...
  14. SFletcher

    Pamplona Bull Run

    Reports are that finding accommodation in Pamplona during San Fermin will be very difficult as even the pilgrim hostels get filled. It may be better to plan stops before and after Pamplona and just walk through the city.
  15. SFletcher

    To book ahead or not?

    Reports from my partner who has just reached Pamplona today are that there were beds available along the way over the past few days.
  16. SFletcher

    Bordeaux to SJPP

    Bus 14 from the airport will take you to Bayonne (not Biarritz) where you can get the train to SJPdP. It is only €1 or 2 and you can pay on the bus. 1 hour may be tight to allow for waiting time for the bus then the journey to Bayonne.
  17. SFletcher

    Ready to go!

    The Napoleon route is higher, and while half of it is on paved road, sections of it are on a track. That means it is less accessible for rescue services, so it is safer to close it in winter months. The Valcarlos route goes through a valley which also has a main road, so it does not get closed...
  18. SFletcher

    Albergues in SJPdP

    I stayed last year in Azkorria and was happy with everything there. There was a very good breakfast in the morning.
  19. SFletcher

    New free camino app: Wisely - Camino Forum Places

    Tapping the back arrow closes the app when I had wanted to close a side menu and return to the map. Can this be fixed ?
  20. SFletcher

    Learning Basic Spanish

    I found Duolingo useful for getting familiar with some vocabulary, starting from a position of knowing no Spanish. I felt I needed something additional to get to the stage of being able to converse, but I was at least able to phone an albergue and confirm a reservation.
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