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  1. intrepidtraveler

    Z-Packs Question

    Do any of you own the Z-Packs Arc Blast? If so, now that you've used it for awhile do you think that it's worth paying almost twice as much for it as any other backpack? I am intrigued by the lightweight aspect as well as it being waterproof. What input do you have for someone like me who is...
  2. intrepidtraveler

    VDLP/Sanabres Updates

    Hi Everyone - So first the good news - there is now a tienda and a farmacia in Asturianos. Word on the street was that we needed to stock up in Mombuey, as the next opportunity to buy anything besides bar food would be in Puebla de Sanabria - 30+kms down the road. When I was in Asturianos...
  3. intrepidtraveler

    ATM's Zamora -Ourense

    A question for anyone who has walked the VDLP- Sanabres. Are there ATM's from bigger banks (Caixa, Santander ) available on this stretch? Smaller places like Liberbank and Caixa Rural won't take my bank card so it would be helpful to know before I leave Zamora. Thanks in advance for taking...
  4. intrepidtraveler

    Albergue in Oliva de Plasencia

    Has anyone stayed here recently? When I was in Alcuescar the other day, the hospitalera at Casa Peregrina told me that the municipal in OdP was closed due to bedbugs. I didn't think to ask at the time how current her information was. Does anyone have current information about this albergue?
  5. intrepidtraveler

    San Gil Variant

    Has anyone recently walked this route? If so, was the way to Carcaboso clearly marked? According to the Gronze schematic the San Gil variant to Carcaboso appears to be shorter than the "regular" route. Is this true or is it wishful thinking on my part? Would love to hear from anyone who has...
  6. intrepidtraveler

    Cruce de las Herrerias

    So I am looking at the gronze.com website about the VDLP. Their map shows a dotted line detour to Cruce de las Herrerias. Has anyone taken this side trip and if so, why did you or didn't you think it was worthwhile?
  7. intrepidtraveler

    Massage in Merida

    Can anyone recommend a really good massage therapist/body work sort of person in Merida? Or anywhere along the VDLP north of Zafra for that matter. Thanks in advance for taking the time to reply.
  8. intrepidtraveler

    Gpx files? ??

    For those of you who are more tech savvy than I am (about 99.9% I would guess)... What is the difference between gpx and kml files? I received the email with the download link for Gerald Kelly's gps maps. I downloaded them onto my phone, but when I try to open them I get an error message...
  9. intrepidtraveler

    Currently on the VDLP?

    Has anyone out there recently left Seville to walk the VDLP? If so, how are temperatures? Many others on the trail? Am coming down to the wire for decision time on this year's route. Am torn between VDLP or Aragonés -Frances -Invierno and just wondering....
  10. intrepidtraveler

    Anyone on the Aragonés?

    Hola a todos- Is anyone currently on the Aragonés route? If so, how are trail conditions (mud,etc) and what kind of weather/temperatures have you been having? Thanks in advance for taking the time to reply.
  11. intrepidtraveler

    Invierno vs. Sanabres

    I would like to hear from anyone who has walked both of these routes. Did you prefer one over the other? If so, why? Or is comparing them the proverbial apples vs. oranges situation. Thanks in advance for your replies.
  12. intrepidtraveler

    Camino dos Faros

    Has anyone in this group walked the Camino dos Faros? If so, how well waymarked is it, any pilgrim-style accommodation, did you meet anyone else and what time of year were you there?
  13. intrepidtraveler

    Weight-ing to Start

    Like many people on this forum, I am always looking for ways to lighten the load in my backpack. Back at the time of my first Camino I remember people suggesting that I cut the labels out of my clothes as yet another way to reduce pack weight. So, my curiosity got the better of me and I...
  14. intrepidtraveler

    Ruta de Lana

    Has anyone in this group walked the Ruta de Lana within recent (last 5) years? If so, would you be willing to share your experience - accommodation, waymarking, weather, etc? Thanks in advance for any insights into this route. The list of available Camino options seems to be getting longer by...
  15. intrepidtraveler

    Travel Question

    Hi Everyone - So I am hoping that there are some tech saavy people out there who can help me with my question... I am flying out of Santiago first thing Monday morning on Ryanair. Today I got an email from them about checking in online so as to avoid paying them 50E (please!) if I check in at...
  16. intrepidtraveler

    Camino Ingles - How Busy

    If there's anyone out there who is currently on or recently finished the Camino Ingles, how busy or not is this route? It looks like I will have 3 days after the Norte and am considering the Ingles from A Coruna. Any issues with finding a bed either in an albergue or pension? Thanks for...
  17. intrepidtraveler

    LIVE from the Camino Accommodation Jackpot

    So if you are on the Camino Norte before Cadevedo or there is a Norte in your future, keep in mind Casa Carin Alberque/AT's in Cadavedo. For 15E I had 1 bedroom in a 2BR apt that included a kitchen, LR, and free washing machine. The other BR was occupied by 2 other peregrinas. Very clean(still...
  18. intrepidtraveler

    LIVE from the Camino Tapia de Casariego

    For those that have walked the Norte - did any of you take the coastal detour to Tapia de Casariego that is shortly before Ribadeo? If so, was it worth the detour? Any insights/advice about wayfinding, route marking etc. How is the alberque in Tapia? Thanks for taking the time to reply.
  19. intrepidtraveler

    LIVE from the Camino Albergue Recommendation(s)

    So a few days ago I had the good fortune to stay at Alberque La Ferreria. It is located in Amandi which is about 2kms. past Villaviciosa. Where else can you find a gumball machine that dispenses earplugs instead of gumballs? Needless to say the hospitalero Sergio has an interesting sense of...
  20. intrepidtraveler

    Live - Cam. Norte Cobreces Question

    Hi Everyone - I am currently on the Norte spending the night in Cobreces. While walking through town I saw yellow arrows pointing in 2 different directions, one was labeled the "official route", the other the "alternative route." My guide book (Cicerone) does not say anything about an...

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