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  1. John Crawford Howell

    Darn those downhill stretches suck - some ideas to strengthen your body for downhills

    There is a one-way single lane loop road that meanders up and down through the forest park adjacent to our home. Before 10:00 a.m. it is closed to vehicles. People with whom I may be walking know that at a certain point I peal off to go onto a root/rock gnarly trail for some distance. I refer to...
  2. John Crawford Howell

    Weight loss

    Each of us will find the right balance between daily distance, time allotted to do the Camino of choice, alcohol intake, carb loading, and hydration. If weight loss or gain is involved, it's probably a result of our unique physiologies, age, and metabolism. Or something . . .
  3. John Crawford Howell

    Weight loss

    Very well said, Lhollo.
  4. John Crawford Howell

    Weight loss

    I lost 28 pounds from SJPdP to Santiago. I started out with food poisoning I contracted in Bayonne (my fault) which curtailed my appetite. I had little desire to eat much of anything along the way, but knew I had to. I also could not drink so much as an entire beer. Me—a WSU Cougar! My constant...
  5. John Crawford Howell

    CPAP Machines and Albergues

    Compared to the basso profundo snorer I encountered in Belorado in 2017, who managed to hit the lowest register of the Notre Dame's massive organ, a CPAP machine's gentle sound represents pure sublimity.
  6. John Crawford Howell

    Update on Anniesantiago

    Thank you, Annie, for sharing with your Camino friends something so personal. You've recognized we are all in this together. Positive thoughts headed your way. John
  7. John Crawford Howell

    Food Poisoning in Carrion de los Condes.

    I rarely consumed bottled water on the Frances. I filled up from Albergue taps, Hostal taps, town fountains, fountains on the edge of towns, and was almost seduced by a particularly attractive cattle trough with cold water streaming into it high on the slopes leading to O'Cebreiro. In "Vulture...
  8. John Crawford Howell

    Food Poisoning in Carrion de los Condes.

    It's why many of us hiking the trail in 2017 referred to it as "Vulture Town." In the same way we referred to Zariquiegui (before Alto del Perdón) as, simply, "Z Town." All seemed to understood what was being referenced.
  9. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    So, Mad Mike, don't know where you are geographically, but if you are in the USA, I send greetings for a Happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!
  10. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    It shall be, brother.
  11. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    Oh, yes! It's called wine. Preferrably a nice Rioja which will be vicariously offered up in your direction as you cross the Rio Ebro into Logroño...
  12. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    We belong to the same club...:D
  13. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    Awesome, Mike! You are an inspiration. From time to time, please keep your Camino family advised of your movement.
  14. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    You continue in my thoughts, Mike. You're going to beat this! John
  15. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    Glad to learn the pain is receding, Mike. I'm doubling up on the Rioja toast in your direction this evening at sunset...
  16. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    You're welcome, Sandi. At sunset, in your and Mike's directions, I will raise a glass of Rioja with the thought a speedy identification will be made of your physiological puzzle(s), and that a fast track back to good health follows. Deception Pass is just 20 minutes from our home (we live on...
  17. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    You'll be in my thoughts, Mike. Best, John
  18. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    Hi Sandi. I'm just down the road from you in Anacortes. I'm not a doctor, but I suppose I am at an age when I see friends experiencing health conditions that were foreign to us in our youth. When I saw your comment, "My situation is looking like my immune system is attacking my muscles and...
  19. John Crawford Howell

    Severe joint and muscle pain post Camino Frances

    Thanks, Mike. If you are comfortable sharing the results of your Thursday exam, that could be helpful to others and would be appreciated. We may not be doctors, but some of the members of this forum have had inexplicable ailments of which many doctors are unable to properly diagnose. Enter 'the...
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