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  1. jmcarp

    R.I.P. Gene McCullough

    Well-known Camino personage Gene McCullough passed away as a result of a bicycle accident on September 5th in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. Below is the memorial announcement from the Colorado Front Range Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino. A celebration of life held in...
  2. jmcarp

    Book - The Roads to Santiago de Compostela

    I found this interesting book in the gift shop of the castle located on the top of the big rock in downtown Lourdes (France): . I'm not sure where else it may be found, but a search on the ISBM 978-2-3508-0046-2 will show some possible sources.
  3. jmcarp

    Blogger App for iPhone

    When we walked the Camino in 2013, my wife and I both had Android phones and used the Blogger app to post to our Blogspot blog. I never really cared for the Android OS, so we eventually switched to iPhones. We're planning to walk the Camino Portugués in May, and wish to make occasional posts...
  4. jmcarp

    Cell phone for Camino Portugués

    When I walked the Camino Francés in 2013, I took an unlocked, non-smart phone and used an Orange SIM card for voice and text only. It worked great all along the CF. I also had my locked Verizon CDMA smart phone, which I used for wifi only when I needed internet access. Again this worked fine...
  5. jmcarp

    Paul's Boots

    This is not related directly to the Camino, but it is related to the spirit of the Camino. It's an inspirational short film about an Australian who wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail, a long-distance hiking trail (approx 2200 miles/3500 km) in the eastern U.S. Paul died before he could make...
  6. jmcarp

    Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA)

    During the week of September 21-27, 2015, a group of eleven hardy pilgrims and a car-shuttling photographer/videographer joined the Winter Pilgrim, Ann Sieben ( ), for a 115-mile walking pilgrimage from San Luis, Colorado to the Santuario de Chimayó in Chimayó...
  7. jmcarp

    What to Expect on the Camino (for prospective pilgrims)

    For more than twelve hundred years pilgrims have been making their way across Europe to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of Saint James, the apostle and friend of Jesus. They have crossed the Pyrenees, the farms and fields of northern Spain, the high desolate plateau of the meseta, the...
  8. jmcarp

    Our Camino Video

    I finally completed a video slideshow of our pilgrimage on the Camino Frances from mid-August to the end of September 2013. It's posted here: Buen Camino, Jim
  9. jmcarp

    Lost and Found

    There have been many threads regarding the safety and security of backpacks and other luggage along the various routes of the Camino. In spite of all the advice that's been given, we let our guard down just once and paid the price. Here's what happened to us when our backpacks were stolen on...
  10. jmcarp

    Stolen backpack; need email addresses

    Through an act of carelessness on my part, our backpacks "mysteriously disappeared" (my wife tells me not to say they were stolen) in Santiago after the completion of our Camino last week. This is not to re-hash the circumstances or the sad list of things we lost, but to issue a plea to any of...
  11. jmcarp


    Has anyone created Camino route maps using the program gmap-pedometer ( I've been using this program to lay out hikes for my hiking club for several years, and lately have been using it to plan training hikes for my Camino later this year, but wonder if anyone has actually...