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  1. jburr3708

    Dealing with a broken ankle

    When I was 71 I broke my ankle on the VDLP in April shortly after Seville. I was taken back to the hospital in Seville where they operated and inserted plates and screws because I had broken both leg bones. I stayed a hotel in Seville for about 3 days before flying first to my sister in London...
  2. jburr3708

    shower/evening foot wear

    I took crocs on my first Camino but they take up a lot of room in backpack and are not good for walking if needed in an emergency. The last three Camino's I have taken Teva sandals. Great, non-slip in the shower and dry in a few minutes. Used them in the evenings with socks if it was. Old and...
  3. jburr3708

    Difficulty at Pilgrims Office in Santiago

    After reading the above I feel I must offer my experience when I arrived in Santiago in early May. I had walked on the VDLP starting in Merida and connecting with the Frances in Astorga. During the last 100 km of the 750 km journey I experienced such leg pains that walking was difficult and I...
  4. jburr3708

    Ridiculous new routes into Portomarín

    I was there about 4 weeks ago and thought the sign indicated that the left option was for bicycles and straight ahead for walkers so I took the route that proved to be ridiculous and I was glad when I finally reached the bottom. It is so steep with rocks that I was sitting down and sliding on my...
  5. jburr3708

    I need to travel from SDC to Porto in Portugal on a Sunday morning in July, I know that there are bu

    I took the Alsa bus from Santiago to Porto on Sunday in September 2015. It took about 4 hours. As suggested by others, wait until the summer schedule is published. We booked easily on their website.
  6. jburr3708

    Looking for blogs/connections from former pilgrims that walked Camino Frances in May

    I walked late April/May 2013. We had a lot of rain and some very cold days. Even deep snow on El Cebreiro on May 25. I wore a fleece almost every day. Be prepared for wet an cold but hope you won't find it. Better to be prepared than surprised. Every year can be different.
  7. jburr3708

    Can a 53 Year Old " Hiking Virgin" Really do The Compostella De Santiago? YOU BET I CAN!

    Of course you can do it. I was not a hiker and walked from SJPDP to Santiago in 2013 when I turned 70. It was one of the best 32 days I ever spent spiritually and physically.
  8. jburr3708

    Not a walker/hiker

    I am 70 and I walked 500 miles on the Camino Frances in April/May of this year and loved every minute of it. I did training before to improve fitness and test equipment which helped a lot and I had no blisters or other problems. Next year I plan to walk the Via de la Plata at age 71.
  9. jburr3708

    Walking the Pyrenees, Route Napoleon in April

    I walked it on 24 April this year. It was closed 2 days before but we had a beautiful day. Snow on some parts of the trail but nothing dangerous. Weather was warm but very windy. It had been closed a few days before and closed again after we crossed. I agree with others. Take it as it comes. It...
  10. jburr3708

    Just how difficult is it getting over The Pyrenees..

    I came over April 24. It took 6 hours of hard uphill against a strong wind, then about an hour on the very steep descent to Roncevalles. There was snow at the top. About 100 people came over that day. I had not been able to train for anything comparable in length, altitude or conditions but I...