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  1. Jeff Crawley

    Cost of train from Biarritz to SJPdP, compared to shared taxi

    www.rome2rio.com is your friend: rome2rio.com I see you're in Canada so In Canadian Dollars
  2. Jeff Crawley

    One of my poles broke

    I suppose you could shim the gap with a strip of aluminum foil which is thinner than duct tape? Wrap it around the plug part and gently wiggle it into place, a firm wrench should be good enough to take it apart again for a more permanent repair later on.
  3. Jeff Crawley

    One of my poles broke

    Left handed spanners or les marteaux de Lyon are hard to find.
  4. Jeff Crawley

    One of my poles broke

    Page 1 of the Engineer's Vade Mecum, page 2 includes such gems as "If it really won't budge try a Birmingham spanner." and "If it's a Whitworth thread, tighten it up until it shears then back off half a turn,"
  5. Jeff Crawley

    Trail Condition - before Molinaseca

    First time down it was 21 years ago almost to the day! There had been heavy rain from Foncebadon onwards but the sun came out as I approached Molinaseca and the smell of the freshly watered wild herbs and plants was incredible - one of my favourite sections of the CF.
  6. Jeff Crawley

    Leaving SdC back to Pamplona with my dog

    At least nobody asked why the dog owner hadn't thought out the problems of their return with a dog after the Camino before they set out . . . oops!
  7. Jeff Crawley

    Stolen Backpack in Barcelona - Can compostela be replaced?

    A sad end to an otherwise inspiring journey. The office will have a record of when they issued the original Compostela so it should be easy to provide a replacement. Tell your friend to provide the date the original was issued, the starting out point for their Camino and their name and...
  8. Jeff Crawley

    Taking a dog on Camino

    Dogs entering EU states must be microchipped.
  9. Jeff Crawley

    Taking a dog on Camino

    Don't forget that, post-Brexit, the rules about taking animals into the EU area have changed. If you previously had a pet passport issued in GB (not Northern Ireland) it is no longer valid. Pets to Spain Pets to France
  10. Jeff Crawley

    Umbrella for sun and rain - buy good quality (expensive) or just use a cheap one?

    They used to be called 100ptas and then 1€ stores - in the UK they tend to go by brand names such as "Poundland".
  11. Jeff Crawley

    Umbrella for sun and rain - buy good quality (expensive) or just use a cheap one?

    "Everyone" as in ordinary inhabitants of SdC walking around the city, not Pilgrims on the Camino - sorry that wasn't clearer!
  12. Jeff Crawley

    Umbrella for sun and rain - buy good quality (expensive) or just use a cheap one?

    The rain in Spain falls mainly on the pilgrim . . . On my first visit to SdC in 2001 I wondered why everybody was carrying an umbrella and then the heavens opened up . . . Bought a super one in a back street for about 1000ptas and it's still going strong. I now carry a Dutch silvered Senz...
  13. Jeff Crawley

    gpx track Muxia to Finisterre

    Try our friends over at Het Nederlands Genootschap van Sint Jacob-NGSJ for both GPX and KML
  14. Jeff Crawley

    Astorga to Santiago in 10 days

    The Samos "variant" adds 7kms to your day's hike. It's an attractive route - I've walked both - but unless you especially want to see the monastery (in which case you will need to add time to an already long day) or intend to stay overnight in Samos (which you won't have time to if you want to...
  15. Jeff Crawley

    Astorga to Santiago in 10 days

    You could do it in 10 days, as to whether that would be wise or enjoyable would be up to you Day 1 Astorga to Foncebadon 26k Day 2 Foncebadon to Ponferrada 27k Day 3 Ponferrada to Villafranca 24k Day 4 Villafranca to La Faba 24k Day 5 La Faba to Triacastela 26k Day 6 Triacastela to Barbadelo...
  16. Jeff Crawley

    Santiago to Sarria Sunday Sept 25th 2022

    Here's the schedule from their website Monbus
  17. Jeff Crawley

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    You drink wine that comes in bottles with a cork? La-di-dah indeed 😉
  18. Jeff Crawley

    What shall I remove from my pack.... 🤔

    Lots of good advice up above. Agree to no rain pants - every time I put mine on it refused to rain! If you're worried about the cleanliness of pillows (I've worked in a refugio - some people drool worse than a bloodhound so I don't blame you) you could wrap it in your towel. No selfie stick -...
  19. Jeff Crawley

    The River Route into Burgos

    I've long believed the best way into Burgos is a bus from the hotel Buenos Aires at Villafria :)
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