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  1. MauraO

    Danger for pilgrims walking between Roncesvalles & Zubiri

    I waded across too Gerard, and thought I was very clever until I got to the middle and the strength off the current nearly took me away. If it wasn't for my walking poles? and a bit of lucky balancing? Scary stuff all right. I hope your OK.
  2. MauraO

    Danger for pilgrims walking between Roncesvalles & Zubiri

    Heads up: River between Roncesvalles & Zubiri is flooding and many had accidents today. I know of one lady who fell in and was bruised and shaken(had to get taxi to Pamplona) An Asian Man who was hurt when he tumbled in head first when he tried to help her. An Italian man who really hurt his...
  3. MauraO

    Making life Sparkle.....

    Making life Sparkle.....
  4. MauraO

    Using Cards or Cash?

    Make sure you notify your bank that your going abroad to ensure that there are no hick ups with cash withdrawals from the atms. We met a young woman who was unable to access her funds and she had to beg from fellow pilgrims for 3-4 days, (well she didn't really have to beg all the time, she was...
  5. MauraO

    What is your Backpack size for a Summer (May-Oct) Camino on the CF?

    Hi Jo webber, I had a frozen shoulder a few years back so needing to keep my pack light I brought the Osprey 25L. I found that with the weight off my shoulders, the hip belt (which was thin) kept slipping up to my waist and though not really uncomfortable - just didn't feel right. This year I...
  6. MauraO

    Packing list for Camino Primitivo in May 2017

    Hi Alaskadiver, I love your list. I had never heard of a rain skirt and am now looking in my wardrobe with the same idea as Irishgurrrl! Could you tell me where you got your shorts, are they for sleeping in? I have been looking for a while now and am unable to find something cosy, in a cotton...
  7. MauraO

    Seven Week Training Program

    Hi Hi Suzie, thanks for this, I have started the training found in Doug's link: http://www.aussiewalk.com.au/training.htm. from the second week for the 20 - 30km distance, and I have to say that even after a couple of days, I can feel my ankles and back strengthening. My ankles had felt...
  8. MauraO

    Seven Week Training Program

    Thanks Ian, We went grocery shopping on Wednesday there, and taking on-board the above advice of completely changing our diet, we looked anew at the foods in store. We have stocked the cupboards up well with rice, pasta, fish (including tins of all types), natural yogurts, eggs, lentils, and...
  9. MauraO

    Seven Week Training Program

    Thanks everyone for sharing all this wonderful advice - it's a great support and I am humbled by some of your stories. I have started training and changed my diet. When the going gets tough I will remind myself of all the freshly baked Spanish bread we will eat along the Way. :)
  10. MauraO

    Seven Week Training Program

    Thanks martyseville, there are many walks close to where I live (I'm ashamed to say) and hill climbing not too far off either. As for gear, boots, pack etc. I do believe I have that sorted - actually I think now that I was focusing on all the wrong things!
  11. MauraO

    Seven Week Training Program

    Thanks Dougfitz, Will start walking tomorrow.
  12. MauraO

    Seven Week Training Program

    Thanks Mark, I will do all that you have suggested here and no more bread!
  13. MauraO

    Seven Week Training Program

    I have seven weeks to get my fifty-something, over weight and out-of-shape self together, for the Camino Frances. Does anyone have any experience of achieving a good healthy level of fitness in this time frame?
  14. MauraO

    April /May/June 2016 Peregrinos - Camino Frances

    Hi Brubru, I walked part of the Camino last year and like yourself I was a first timer and solo walker. If I needed quiet time to ponder about my world/life I had it. If I wanted to talk I had that too. You meet so many people on the Way and it is so comfortable to walk along and chat. There is...
  15. MauraO

    April /May/June 2016 Peregrinos - Camino Frances

    Thanks Joe, My Husband Aidan & I are leaving SJPP on the 6th April, Ye will probable see us as ye pass by!
  16. MauraO

    Camino Frances April 2016

    Hi, My flight to Biarritz is booked for 5th April, so I hope to start walking the full Camino from SJPP early in April also, I've dreamed of doing this for years now and just cannot wait to start..

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