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  1. Graham Skinner

    Flooding in Santiago

    I walked in tee shirt and shorts too, when everyone else was dressed to the hilt in waterproof gear and carrying umbrellas. I, like the two ladies am of the opinion that my skin is the best waterproofing you can have. Why get all your kit wet when you only have to dry the tee shirt and shorts...
  2. Graham Skinner

    Graffiti - CYMRU AM BYTH

    I saw them all the way from Roncevalles to Santiago, on the distance markerś sign posts and even on the side of farm buildings. Wish i had saw them as s few choice wirds would have been said
  3. Graham Skinner

    Hiking/Walking Shoes or Sandals

    I just completed the whole of the Frances and wore Merrill Nova 3. After 500 miles they still had a decent sole on them and still wearing them on my weekly hikes. Carried a second pair in my pack in case they didn’t last but never wore them apart from my flight home.
  4. Graham Skinner

    Additional passport or pages

    Pilgrims can do as they wish, all I stated was that I only had got 1 stamp per day from Sarria but had 2 credentials full from SJPDP. I even asked the person whom I got the Compestella from about the 2?stamps per day and he told me that as I had hiked from SJPDP the requirement for 2 per day was...
  5. Graham Skinner

    Additional passport or pages

    I just completed the Frances from SJPDD to Santiago. I did not have 2 stamps per day after Sarria and still got my Compestella.
  6. Graham Skinner

    Rain jacket recommendations

    When it rained on my Camino I never wore a rain jacket. I always said to myself my body is waterproof and just got wet. My tee shirt and shorts are easily dried at the end of the day and as long as my pack and other things are dry, then I was a happy teddy bear.
  7. Graham Skinner

    Ryanair Carry-On Dilemma: Need Your Advice!

    I assume you are flying into Biarritz and if so, the wait for baggage is very small. You queue at passport control a fair bit unless you are first off the plane and if you are in a queue, your pack will be on the carousel waiting for you. To protect against damage, I purchased the £5 IKEA...
  8. Graham Skinner

    Boxer shorts - any recommendations

    I just completed the Frances and wore Runderwear clothing. They also do socks which were excellent. No blisters and No chaffing at all.
  9. Graham Skinner

    St Jean to Burgos in 2 weeks?

    I did it 10 days in July but did not stop in Orrison and went straight to Roncesvalles. I’m 62 so at 32 you will easily do it in 2 weeks. Enjoy and Buen Camino
  10. Graham Skinner

    Pack weight question

    And there was me carrying 15kg in July!!! But then I’m ex British Army and used to carrying much heavier. Never bothered me at all.
  11. Graham Skinner

    Questions related to getting your Compostela

    I pre registered a couple of days before i arrived in Santiago. They email you a confirmation and QR. Arrived at 1130 in the morning, and went straights to the pilgrims office. The guy at the entrance scanned it, picked up a ticket and was In and out in about 5 mins.
  12. Graham Skinner

    Footwear for Porto to Valenca/Tui?

    All planned already for next year in July with people I met on this one.
  13. Graham Skinner

    Footwear for Porto to Valenca/Tui?

    I just completed the Camino Frances from SJPDP to Santiago. Wore MERRILL trail shoes the whole way. Apart from one minor blister, they were a god send. Then again, due to the temperatures in July, boots would have been a nightmare.
  14. Graham Skinner

    Alltrails app

    No. I trust modern technology and also carry a military GPS (as I’m still serving) and trust that equipment implicitly. When I look at the apps such as Wise Pilgrim and Buen Camino both have different distances. Plus the Camino distance markers on the route can say that I am 355km from Santiago...
  15. Graham Skinner

    Alltrails app

    I am on day 24 on the Frances and have used AllTrails throughout with Strava as a backup. It’s been perfect and recorded more accurate distances than what the guide books and apps have said.
  16. Graham Skinner

    Dragon on Halfway Compestella

    Hi, just picked up my halfway Compestella in Sahagun. Can anyone enlighten me the reason for the dragon on the certificate?
  17. Graham Skinner

    Biarritz Airport to SJPdP Sep 5, 2023

    Be careful as I got told off for doing as you have. Asking if pilgrims want to share a ride. They said it’s not my taxi to offer others to join.
  18. Graham Skinner

    July 1, 2023, from Biarritz with Express Bourricot

    Thank you and can see my error. Would not want to upset EB.
  19. Graham Skinner

    July 1, 2023, from Biarritz with Express Bourricot

    Hi, I arrive in Bairitz on 1 Jul and have booked EB ride to SJPDP leaving at 1600. Any other pilgrims arriving around that time and would like to share?
  20. Graham Skinner

    Ride share Biarritz to SJPDP 01 Jul 2023.

    hi, already booked EB from Biarritz to SJPDP on Saturday 01 Jul at 1600. Looking for any pilgrims willing to share if arriving around that time? Thanks in adavance.

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