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  1. Craig White

    Training

    I walked the Camino last June, I'm now 66 and trained for two years walking 30 + km a day with full pack. Once I hit the Pyrenees all bets were off. Toughest time of my life. My pack was 12kg and after Perusing, I started to jettison items. Walking steep grades up and down should be the focus...
  2. Craig White

    Being alone in the albergues?

    And never felt uneasy, everyone was friendly and helpful. Just relax and be aware of your surroundings and you'll be fine. Be open, non judgemental and all will be the experience of a lifetime
  3. Craig White

    Being alone in the albergues?

    I've stayed in a few albergues alone and with another pilgrim
  4. Craig White

    My parting thoughts on my camino

    For me, the most profound impact is meeting all of the pilgrims from around the world and how we all treat each other with love and acceptance. I just wish the question of why we are doing the Camino would be set aside, we all walk for different reasons, sometimes not knowing why.
  5. Craig White

    My parting thoughts on my camino

    Well said,
  6. Craig White

    My parting thoughts on my camino

    My opinion, is to leave the stones piled on the markers, clear off the piles on the path, they can be a hazard, don't judge people's reasons for placing a stone on a marker or cross, deeply personal, none of our business and examine why you feel the need to knock them off. Might as well remove...
  7. Craig White

    My parting thoughts on my camino

    I thought I knew why I was doing the Camino, now, not so sure. Started off in a group, but left it as it wasn't fulfilling my needs. Now, I walk alone, happily, and stop when and where I want. Not rushing from village to village, booking a bed ahead of time, trusting in God to provide, which he...
  8. Craig White

    Are You Lonely Going "Backwards"?

    I have not felt lonely on my Camino, helped a girl from Texas who had no poles and a limited time to reach Santiago, gave her my 2 poles, some safety pins and off she went. Going to Zibiri and down the steep slopes on a rocky path, I was glad I did. I don't need the poles, had no idea why I...
  9. Craig White

    Are You Lonely Going "Backwards"?

    Sitting in montparnasse waiting for my train and I am walking from sjpp to muxia and then back. Should be interesting✌️
  10. Craig White

    Getting Old.

    Plan is to do one every two years God willing
  11. Craig White

    Getting Old.

    Ah, a certain age, where you care less about appearance and more about personality and character. Being on the downside of 65, and doing my first Camino in a few days, I marvel at the fact I am healthy enough to walk with relative ease and aleve. To be retired and have the time to myself, with...
  12. Craig White

    My first-time Camino: a review of the good, the bad, and the cows!

    As I sit in the airport in Toronto my pack beside me I just know it is too heavy even after unloading things I wanted. But I figure I can get what I need on the road and if not..... oh well. I'm excited, apprehensive and in my mind I know the next 90 days will be a lot of reflection, discarding...
  13. Craig White

    My first-time Camino: a review of the good, the bad, and the cows!

    I'm leaving May19th and will be my first Camino at age 65, trained for two years or.more. I have packed my pack several times and have discarded many items. I still think it's too heavy....lol. One thought that continually runs through my mind is I need to be less judgemental of people and...
  14. Craig White

    Walk from Bayonne to St. Jean

    Heading out to Paris may 19, train to Bayonne in the afternoon, overnight in Bayonne and wasn't able to book train to SJPDP.hoping to meet up with pilgrims to share a ride or get a ticket once I arrive. All in all, not a problem, being retired has its rewards. Little over a month before I leave...
  15. Craig White

    Those we leave behind

    I hear you pal, I was married for 25 years and 9 years prior to taking the plunge. During my marriage I took work away from home,Canada, and went to Trinidad for 5 years. Why, itchy feet and the need to challenge myself. My wife understood, but didn't necessarily agree to my leaving and we...
  16. Craig White

    Cruz de Ferro - Your Stone

    Picked up my stone a few years back and engraved my late wife's name on it. Year of birth and year she passed, grief knows no time line, my symbol to move on is to place the stone at the Cruz do ferro to honor her and move on. Wish I could remember where I picked it up, but doesn't matter. Cheers
  17. Craig White

    lifetime to walk

    Yes, we have all the time in the world and will try and see all we can. GD, wants to then go to Sweden...
  18. Craig White

    lifetime to walk

    One more question is, do I need a visa and how long can I stay in Europe for, I'm a Canadian, if that makes any difference.
  19. Craig White

    lifetime to walk

    Yes, my plan is to walk where my feet take me and my granddaughter made me promise we would stop over in Sweden where she has freinds. I like the idea of a free tour guide.
  20. Craig White

    lifetime to walk

    I plan on walking the Camino in May of 2018, after I retire and that gives me a few years to train. Yes, joined a gym, have a workmate who gives me workout tips and a diet to follow. Since I have the rest of my life to do this amazing pilgrimage, I have a few questions. What is the best place to...

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