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  1. Michael Gray

    Care and maintenance of boots

    What is the best regime for looking after boots on the Camino? I always brush the loose mud and dirt off and pick stones etc out of the tread at the end of the day. What about drying wet boots? I have seen manufacturer’s advice to avoid sunlight and artificial heat and not to stuff them with...
  2. Michael Gray

    Haglund's deformity

    I suffer from Haglund’s deformity (so I’m told), a bony bump on my right heel. No pain or discomfort at all, but it does mean I quickly wear a hole in the fabric lining of the heel counter of any hiking shoes or boots, long before the shoes/boots otherwise wear out. The hole in the fabric then...
  3. Michael Gray

    Is there an app...?

    I am looking for recommendations for an app or program to keep a journal of my Camino. When I did my second Camino in 2016 I sent photos and messages to my family chat group using WhatsApp. I was surprised and delighted when for Christmas my son gave me a hardback book comprising all the photos...
  4. Michael Gray

    “A Cameo of Santiago”?

    I have been asked to give a talk to a club I belong to about my Camino last year. In the club’s newsletter, the topic has morphed into “A Cameo of Santiago”. I’m not sure if it’s a spell-checker error or an editor’s well-meaning but mistaken correction. However, it’s given me an idea for a...
  5. Michael Gray

    The second bar...

    On the Camino France last year I recall seeing a sign that said ""Second bar is always better" A. Schopenhauer". Can anyone remember where that sign was and let me know, please? And does anyone know if Schopenhauer really said that? Many thanks MG