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Has anyone got any experience about walking the Camino with your equipment on a small cart which you pull from a padded hip-belt? If you get one balanced well enough and one with wheels that roll easily it should be a good way to ease the load on yorself for most of the way. Of course there are some parts where the track is stony and where a cart would not be the best thing, but I think it could be a way of reducing the wear and tear on your knees on a big part of the Camino.
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Carts and wagons and wheelie-bags are an ongoing parade, at least on the Frances. Some of them are fabulous inventions. I oughtta start shooting pictures for a coffee-table book (for a somewhat arcane and limited audience, I imagine..)


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I coincided with a German couple who were walking in the south of France and some of Spain last year using a cart. I think they found it a practical way of coping with some back problem issues. The man also carried a spare tube etc and a puncture repair kit which I did see him using. But it was one extra thing to clean the mud off in some of the conditions we walked in as we approached the Pyrenees!
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Here's a pic of a pilgrim pulling a cart...


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We saw a Scandinavian couple in El Acebo with a small year old child in a cart with a harness attached to the father who pulled it along. The comment from my sister-in-law was that she hoped that the baby didn't suffer from motion sickness, as it swayed to and fro! Anyway the child seemed happy enough!
We also saw a man (German)? pulling a homemade attraption, which honoustly didn't look like it would make it all the way to Santiago -( we were about 3 weeks walk away then).


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One of the dozens of pilgrims Rob Ward describes in his camino book (All the good Pilgrims) is a woman who walked from France with a buggy.
It must be jolly difficult son some of the muddy, stony, rutted paths but many seem to manage.
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I thought I posted on this yesterday but don't see it.

We saw a few people attempting to walk with various types of carts.
All seemed to me to be more trouble than they were worth.
The trails can be steep, rough, pitted, rocky, muddy and anywhere from extremely narrow to being forced to walk on VERY busy roadways which aren't wide enough for a human, much less a cart!

I personally would not attempt it... but I guess some are successful.
Maybe I"m a wimp :)
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You might want to read Walk to Jerusalem by Gerard Hughes. Fr Gerry walks from Scotland to Jerusalem (or at least most of the way) with a handcart. It's an extremely good book about a particular pilgrimage. My reflection from it in terms of carts vs rucksacks is to go for a rucksack if possible!


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