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Virtual Camino Band of Trudgers

2020 Camino Guides
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Anybody else on the Forum walking the Camino Frances care of Walking4Fun?

I know we have @jozero mid-way between Zubiri and Pamplona. I'm just about to get my credential stamped at Torres del Rio and @easygoing is way ahead around Leon.

Anybody else?

"We few, we happy few, we Band of Trudgers"

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Well, allright. I will park my walk on the West highland Way and start the Cf. I will be very slow though as life is busy in these lockdown times. I want to know in two easy steps how to get your credential and stamps. No complicated directions please... and let me tell anyone on the way between Zubiri and Pamplona: do not miss San Esteban, in Zabaldika. It IS on the ‘real’ camino. Though these days, what is real maybe needs to start with a read of the following book: The Velveteen Rabbit. That outlives any old virus...
and thanks, Jeff, for the nudge
 
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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
Well, allright. I will park my walk on the West highland Way and start the Cf. I will be very slow though as life is busy in these lockdown times. I want to know in two easy steps how to get your credential and stamps. No complicated directions please... and let me tell anyone on the way between Zubiri and Pamplona: do not miss San Esteban, in Zabaldika. It IS on the ‘real’ camino. Though these days, what is real maybe needs to start with a read of the following book: The Velveteen Rabbit. That outlives any old virus...
and thanks, Jeff, for the nudge
Good for you. I think you can start anywhere along the Frances though @jozero started from SJPP as did my friend Paula and I although our mutual friend Therese is joining at Leon, or maybe Burgos . . .

The Credential is just a bit of silliness between me and my fellow Penguin, Paula. Just make a new table in Word (or whatever you use) and copy and paste them in as you go. I've attached the one from SJPP to start you off.

You also get stage stickers from Walking4Fun (Stage 1 on the CF being SJPP to Roncesvalles) and 10,000 20,000 30,000 step badges. 10000 steps is a snail, 20000 is a turtle, 30000 steps . . . .well I just haven't got there yet :)

You can collect your sellos from Roncesvalles onwards go to

Camino Navarro for sellos from Roncesvalles until Obanos

and

French Way for sellos from Puente la Reina to SdC

The main site has an amazing collection of sellos from refugios, churches, town halls, bars - you should be able to find your favourites grouped by nearest town.

DM if you have any problems.

See you along the way and remember: no taxis, buses or hoverboards! We are Virtuous Virtual Pilgrims after all, not Tourigrinos!

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Anybody else?
I'm the curmudgeon who is well off-piste on the Viejo, and anyway looking askance at such new-fangled apps. ;)
I have to say, even without an app, having a destination sure helps the discipline.
Buen camino fellow trudgers - I lift my cafe con leche to you in appreciation!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Good for you. I think you can start anywhere along the Frances though @jozero started from SJPP as did my friend Paula and I although our mutual friend Therese is joining at Leon, or maybe Burgos . . .

The Credential is just a bit of silliness between me and my fellow Penguin, Paula. Just make a new table in Word (or whatever you use) and copy and paste them in as you go. I've attached the one from SJPP to start you off.

You also get stage stickers from Walking4Fun (Stage 1 on the CF being SJPP to Roncesvalles) and 10,000 20,000 30,000 step badges. 10000 steps is a snail, 20000 is a turtle, 30000 steps . . . .well I just haven't got there yet :)

You can collect your sellos from Roncesvalles onwards go to

Camino Navarro for sellos from Roncesvalles until Obanos

and

French Way for sellos from Puente la Reina to SdC

The main site has an amazing collection of sellos from refugios, churches, town halls, bars - you should be able to find your favourites grouped by nearest town.

DM if you have any problems.

See you along the way and remember: no taxis, buses or hoverboards! We are Virtuous Virtual Pilgrims after all, not Tourigrinos!

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Ah, Jeff, you are very patient. Thank you. I can't get my bike over there, and anyway I would have to walk up every slope. So it will be Shanks' mare without a doubt. I am not allowed to use public transport and can't afford a taxi. I said I would be slow. My app gives me 1km more than walking4fun, but that's ok. It is a paltry 8.1km - looks better at 12,282 steps! I guess I am near Orrisson. I also guess I would be totally bunched if this were for real! See you tomorrow, as I am walking no more this day.
 

Sue127

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
French Camino in 2020
I’m 6km short of Astorga. I should have been starting my first CF for real next Wednesday, so I was really pleased to have found this site and got an insight into some of the scenery I will one day walk through. Not sure that I will reach Astorga by evening. Just about to walk the dogs but that’ll only add on another 2 or 3km. I’m on Stage 22 (walking much less distance per day than I hope to be in reality). My profile name is Sue127. Maybe we’ll meet up on route. Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Well, good morning. I added another 6916 steps to my total, and that takes me to about half way to Roncesvalles. I am having a look at Stingy nomad. Poor soul, she is puffing and panting but her views are far superior to mine... In reality, mine was 50 minutes flat walking, with very few other people on the streets. I was wielding my nordic poles to help me stay straight backed, and had my pack forwarded 😇. Reaching the albergue - and here is the funny part: it is the same one I used to find when on total lockdown, always plenty of space, lovely welcome, great breakfasts... right now just finished a bowl of cornflakes. A lockdown breakfast. Time to move on, Stingy nomad has caught up with me. 🤣 I will see how half an hour more works on my stamina. I am luckier than stingy nomad - she is surrounded by the mist of early morning. See you later folks!
Now have just about ten more km to do. Very windy. Will be a struggle... it will be very late by the time I get to Roncesvalles... 👣 👣
Second edit: now, 19.6km done. The final 6 something will take it out of me, all downhill... I had to stop for a real, but virtual, funeral service. Beautiful, if sad, because only ten people were allowed to attend. That is still better than when and perhaps still, people cannot bid farewell in a dignified manner...
Now, socks and shoes off for a while. I will help (actually I am the real hospitalera in this albergue!) get lunch sorted, and then will take two more spells in the laneway to bring me galloping down to Roncesvalles. See you later, pilgrims.
 
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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
Well, good morning. I added another 6916 steps to my total, and that takes me to about half way to Roncesvalles. I am having a look at Stingy nomad. Poor soul, she is puffing and panting but her views are far superior to mine... In reality, mine was 50 minutes flat walking, with very few other people on the streets. I was wielding my nordic poles to help me stay straight backed, and had my pack forwarded 😇. Reaching the albergue - and here is the funny part: it is the same one I used to find when on total lockdown, always plenty of space, lovely welcome, great breakfasts... right now just finished a bowl of cornflakes. A lockdown breakfast. Time to move on, Stingy nomad has caught up with me. 🤣 I will see how half an hour more works on my stamina. I am luckier than stingy nomad - she is surrounded by the mist of early morning. See you later folks!
Now have just about ten more km to do. Very windy. Will be a struggle... it will be very late by the time I get to Roncesvalles... 👣 👣
Second edit: now, 19.6km done. The final 6 something will take it out of me, all downhill... I had to stop for a real, but virtual, funeral service. Beautiful, if sad, because only ten people were allowed to attend. That is still better than when and perhaps still, people cannot bid farewell in a dignified manner...
Now, socks and shoes off for a while. I will help (actually I am the real hospitalera in this albergue!) get lunch sorted, and then will take two more spells in the laneway to bring me galloping down to Roncesvalles. See you later, pilgrims.
"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail,
"There's a Kirkie close behind us, and she's treading on my tail.

It is not a race! ;)

Sending you a DM
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
👣👣I made it to Roncesvalles. It was so good to be met by my walking companion’s father. In no time we were in Pamplona, consuming the best zumo de naranja in the world! Then showers, washing clothes and the most wonderful simple salad...plenty of chat and now early to bed as we have an early start, if we want to be walking from Roncesvalles in the morning by 7am. Till tomorrow,
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drvnsmiln

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP - SdC '14
SdC - Fin-Muxia. '14
Sarria - SdC '14
VdlP '17
Levante '19
Portugues '19
ON Walking 4 Fun:
Been walking 3 days (at 3 miles per day) and I am STILL in Lisbon! At this rate, I won't be in SCQ until sometime in September. Good thing I don't have to concern myself with the 90 day limit in the Schengen area!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I just started from St Jean yesterday...just 3k...
It's gonna be a slow camino 😁
As @ Jeff Crawley said: it’s not a race! @drvsmiln is predicting a September arrival. I just wanted to make sure I got to Roncesvalles in two days instead of three, but from here, it will be what it is.
We left Roncesvalles in good time, and look forward to the second best tortilla ever (the first best was in the same place on this very date, except it was June, 2006). When i reach Larrasoaña I will post my stamps, but here is one I can post with pride, courtesy of @Turga :
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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
ON Walking 4 Fun:
Been walking 3 days (at 3 miles per day) and I am STILL in Lisbon! At this rate, I won't be in SCQ until sometime in September. Good thing I don't have to concern myself with the 90 day limit in the Schengen area!
Ah, but which September? ;)
I understand St James is a patient soul and prepared to wait for us.

For my own part I left SJPP on 23rd March and here I am, two months later, having just cleared Torres del Rio.

However: no problem finding a bed for the night; no snoring companions keeping you awake; no blisters; no night-time curfew; no crack of dawn starts; no tripping over your pack on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night . . .

Best. Camino. Ever. (If you don't mind missing out on the companionship, the food, the scenery . . . )
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
I missed Astorga by 1.5km yesterday, but will definitely be there today: should I have a rest day there? Will I be able to move after eating chocolate?
Stay at the Hotel Gaudi. Ask for a room looking out over the front. You can stand at the window and wave like Eva Peron as dusty pilgrims pass you by.
Eat the chocolate while standing up or walking around the Plaza. The calories go straight to your feet and give you added impetus (to eat more chocolate) it's a proven fact!
 

igailfh

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Português, Camino de Tejo (Fatima)
I'm interested in what you are doing, @Jeff Crawley. Is it a virtual walk on the Camino Frances? How do you get on to that? Is there a website? Would you give some details please?
I've just today finished a virtual walk on the Great Ocean Road here in Australia through the Conqueror Virtual Challenge, 239km.
Okay, I've just seen your link to Walking 4 Fun, lol. I'll check them out.
 
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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
I'm interested in what you are doing, @Jeff Crawley. Is it a virtual walk on the Camino Frances? How do you get on to that? Is there a website? Would you give some details please?
I've just today finished a virtual walk on the Great Ocean Road here in Australia through the Conqueror Virtual Challenge, 239km.
Hi, there are many walks on the Walking4Fun site, the Camino Frances is just one of them:

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Head over there and join then pick your route. Every day you add either the number of steps you've taken or your distance in miles or kilometres and it works out where you would have walked to - the site can be quirky and the figures not necessarily add up but hey, that's part of Camino Life - arguing as to whether you walked 16.29 or 16.15km that day ;)

A lot of work has gone into the site with some great photos to show you where you would have been.

Buen Camino!
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
Hi Sue, no we're just toddling along with the rest of the Neighbors group - you're "Way" ahead of any of us. Have fun in Astorga - not too much chocolate mind! ;) 🍫
We walked from Leon to San Martin del Camino today along a trail in the pines of Washington. The sun was out and several people were very talkative just like the actual Camino.
Tomorrow Astorga 🌻🍫
How do we form a neighbor's group? If you are more savy than I am please add Camino Sharon.
Thanks
 

igailfh

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Português, Camino de Tejo (Fatima)
Hi, there are many walks on the Walking4Fun site, the Camino Frances is just one of them:

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Head over there and join then pick your route. Every day you add either the number of steps you've taken or your distance in miles or kilometres and it works out where you would have walked to - the site can be quirky and the figures not necessarily add up but hey, that's part of Camino Life - arguing as to whether you walked 16.29 or 16.15km that day ;)

A lot of work has gone into the site with some great photos to show you where you would have been.

Buen Camino!
Thanks, @Jeff Crawley! I'll get joined up tonight. I've never walked the Camino Frances so maybe that'll be the one. But...I've walked the Caminho Portugues twice, Coastal & Central, & never had time for the Spiritual Variante, Finisterre, or Muxia. So that one may be calling more strongly...who knows! Decisions, decisions.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
We walked from Leon to San Martin del Camino today along a trail in the pines of Washington. The sun was out and several people were very talkative just like the actual Camino.
Tomorrow Astorga 🌻🍫
How do we form a neighbor's group? If you are more savy than I am please add Camino Sharon.
Thanks
It's easy enough, just click on "Create Group" and give it a name and add members' names to it.
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
It's easy enough, just click on "Create Group" and give it a name and add members' names to it.
I would love to create my group. What names are my fellow virtual Walker's using ?
I added my picture to my name on the site. Maybe if you all did that I could pick you out.
Thanks
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Well, here I am on a bit of a rest day. Hah! to tell you the truth, this virtual stuff is messing up my head. I knew where I was when I was slogging along from Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña, and then from there to Cizur Menor, and onward to Santiago. I have to try to be more flexible. I didn't know I was signing up for that!
According to walking4fun, I am at the exact spot that was the end of the road for a blessed pilgrim in 2006. I know that spot like the back of my hand, as I often walk along that path when I am in the area. I am 56.5km into my virtual Camino Frances. yippee!
In my head, to add to the confusion, I am focussing on the people along the way who are coping with a sudden and total loss of livelihood. All I can do is send my best intentions for their capacity to keep on going on.
I use a step counter on my phone. In fact, I use 2. They agree on the steps, but differ on the km. And then, to add insult to injury, walking4fun decides on its own conversion to kms. I am too worn out to argue. I just need to keep going and forget about neat and tidy daily distances that match my real Camino Frances.
It's ok, I am just getting used to having things different.
Watch out, young people. Don't end up like me! Stay flexible.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
Well, here I am on a bit of a rest day. Hah! to tell you the truth, this virtual stuff is messing up my head. I knew where I was when I was slogging along from Roncesvalles to Larrasoaña, and then from there to Cizur Menor, and onward to Santiago. I have to try to be more flexible. I didn't know I was signing up for that!
According to walking4fun, I am at the exact spot that was the end of the road for a blessed pilgrim in 2006. I know that spot like the back of my hand, as I often walk along that path when I am in the area. I am 56.5km into my virtual Camino Frances. yippee!
In my head, to add to the confusion, I am focussing on the people along the way who are coping with a sudden and total loss of livelihood. All I can do is send my best intentions for their capacity to keep on going on.
I use a step counter on my phone. In fact, I use 2. They agree on the steps, but differ on the km. And then, to add insult to injury, walking4fun decides on its own conversion to kms. I am too worn out to argue. I just need to keep going and forget about neat and tidy daily distances that match my real Camino Frances.
It's ok, I am just getting used to having things different.
Watch out, young people. Don't end up like me! Stay flexible.
W4F certainly has quirks!
On one page it says I've done
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On another it says
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And how come my real life friend #14897 (I usually call her Paula) has done less steps than me but covered more ground?

Just don't fall into the John Brierley distance trap:

Pilgrim 1: "Well Brierley says it's 23.6km"

Pilgrim 2: "Well that can't be right. My GPSr says I've walked 25.67km today!"

Pilgrim 3: "Perhaps you did a bit of Appalachian flatfooting along the way?"

It's been too hot for much walking (IRL) today so I guess I won't make Viana tonight. Shame, I was looking forwards to relaxing in the jacuzzi in my suite at the Palacio de Pujadas

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It'll still be there tomorrow.

Buenas noches a todos!
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
I’m Sue127. Just 3.7 km short of Ponferrada. Will have to sleep under the stars tonight.
Thanks Sue for your name. You are just a little ahead of me. we had to sleep out under the stars between St Jean and Roncesvalles but other days have managed to find some interesting little villages on our short days. And a virtual Camino gives you lots of leeway. We haven't had to take a taxi or a bus 😉
 

Levi

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015
VDLP 2016
Portuguese March 2017
Sanabres September 2017
Madrid September 2018
I'm just through Zubiri. My goodness, that descent just before the town...phew!

Actually, I walked from St Jean to Burgos in March this year just before the Spanish lockdown. So the real route is still very clear in my mind. Weather is better in my virtual walk, though!

Buen virtual caminos today, Trudgers ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I am somewhere around Trinidad de Arre. A little haven, currently run by a very nice guy, supported by his family. I have decided to walk along the wooded path alongside the river. It arrives at the same spot before the path up to the city of Pamplona as the official camino route but it offers shade. Shade! Worth a fortune. This will be our second night staying in the home of my walking companion's father. One more night, and after that, from Puente la Reina, off we go, untethered. it has been a gentle introduction: being delivered to the starting point, collected from the end of day point, then returned to that spot next morning, for three nights. Each day, a little more in the backpack. One step at a time. Nothing more, nothing less. 👣👣
 

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