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  1. design4life

    Need to skip a section between Tui and Redondela -- Where?

    @Pinzi I thought there was a detour around the industrial section into Porriño that is very pleasant.
  2. design4life

    Cancelation Insurance due to Coronavirus

    I suggest you deal directly with your airline, especially if you are in a higher-risk age or medical group. Re-booking fees are generally waived with a doctor's note.
  3. design4life

    Need to skip a section between Tui and Redondela -- Where?

    Thank you for articulating what I've been thinking. Walking into Santiago -- celebrating with friends, sitting right underneath the butafumeiro -- was an unforgettable experience. But I'm walking alone this time and unless I connect with a group of trail pals I'm not sure I care about making...
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    Need to skip a section between Tui and Redondela -- Where?

    Yes, I have a handsome Compostela at home, as well as my "Dual Pilgrim" certificate from Japan. I treasure them -- and the memories, which include an occasional hop onto a bus. I can't imagine anyone begrudging me a Compostela for a 10-mile Uber ride between Porriño and Redondela, but it's not...
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    Need to skip a section between Tui and Redondela -- Where?

    @Pinker to -- Thanks for the comparison. Maybe it's a matter of whether I wake up wanting to climb or not! @trecile -- Sorry, was trying not to overload my post with too much info. I'm walking Barcelos to SDC, along the Central route, with a detour to the Spiritual Variant. For various reasons...
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    Need to skip a section between Tui and Redondela -- Where?

    Hi everyone, In order to accommodate my slower walking pace (and total vacation days,) I am planning to skip a night in Porriño and go directly from Tui to Redondela. Can you suggest the prettiest section for me to walk a maximum of 18k/11mi? I see that the entry to Porriño has a nice detour...
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    Slippery When Wet? Trail runners on Portuguese tiled walkways

    I've narrowed options to Hoka Bondi or Hoka Speedboat. From this thread, I see advantages of each -- microsipes (perhaps with a bit of sandpaper/break-in time) vs narrow lug. Ultimately I'm worried about slips and falls, due to past history. Any final thoughts about one vs the other...
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    Slippery When Wet? Trail runners on Portuguese tiled walkways

    Thanks for all the info and observations. I'm not a getting a great feeling from you all for trail runners and am wondering whether just to wear my clunky old Keens. The thing is: Even in the Keens I slipped on one of those tiled curbs leaving Burgos in the rain in 2015 and landed in the ER with...
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    Slippery When Wet? Trail runners on Portuguese tiled walkways

    I agree about adjusting the lacing, which I do with my Keens, to keep my feet from slipping forward on downhill and smashing my toe(nail)s. I think also that Sketchers are cheap shoes with little support.
  10. design4life

    Slippery When Wet? Trail runners on Portuguese tiled walkways

    @davebugg Thanks for this very helpful analysis. I had to look up "sipes" but now I get what you're saying. Have you looked at the Hoka Gaviota? It is listed as "maximum stabillity and is the white/pink image attached. I've also attached the Bondi (black/white) for comparison.
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    Slippery When Wet? Trail runners on Portuguese tiled walkways

    I wore my old reliable Keen hiking shoes three times on the CF and lighter weight Salomon hiking shoes this past year on the Kumano Kodo, not wanting to shlep heavy boots on a month-long trip through Japan. I'm planning to walk the Portuguese this spring and have been considering investing in...
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    Camino Portugues - most scenic route with less road walking?

    @David Tallan and @auburnfive, I was thinking about switching to Hoka One or other trailrunners exactly the reason you describe -- extra cushioning on cobblestone/tile roads. But I'm concerned about rain. Which would provide more traction -- Hokas or my Salomon Outlines (lighter weight / Goretex...
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    Elle, your website/blog is unmatched in terms of helping me plan my Camino Portugués. The...

    Elle, your website/blog is unmatched in terms of helping me plan my Camino Portugués. The step-by-step photos are so helpful, as I'm trying to determine how "pastoral" this camino is, compared to CF. Do you plan another update to the ebook before May 2020? Second question: Have you walked the...
  14. design4life

    Portugal=cobblestones

    Thanks! I'm really enjoying your blog. Great photos and so much information on each stage. Lots to absorb.
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    Portugal=cobblestones

    Resurrecting this thread, as I'm having a hard time finding an overall description of the road bed between Porto and Santiago. I've walked the Francés and the Kumano Kodo in Japan, so I've had my share of shale, Roman roads, packed clay, tree roots, and steep stone steps. I have about ten days...
  16. design4life

    For Sale/Wanted Altus Rainseries Atmospheric Poncho, med/lg, blue, never worn!!

    Sold. Moderator -- feel free to take this down.
  17. design4life

    For Sale/Wanted Altus Rainseries Atmospheric Poncho, med/lg, blue, never worn!!

    Hi -- I bought the Altus Rainseries Atmospheric in "medium/large" before leaving the hot, dry Meseta two years ago, with the idea that I'd have it for my return this year to chilly, rainy Galicia. Well, it's simply too big for me, so I left it home. When I returned to finish my Camino last month...
  18. design4life

    Dragonte route

    Thanks so much, all. I was a bit worn out and wanting to save my energy for the Big Climb to O'C, so i took the road walk. Despite the road, it was beautiful, and i was rewarded with a night at the wonderful Casa Susi. But your instructions were spot on in terms of the entry to the Pradela path...
  19. design4life

    Bar/Meeting place O'Cebreiro

    Quick question. A friend is joining me in O'Cebreiro tomorrow so that we can walk the last week to Santiago together. (We walked St J to Burgos together in 2013.) I walk up from La Faba in the morning and need a place to hang out in O'C for a few hours, eat some lunch, read my book. She comes up...
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