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Can you make a Le Puy route recommendation?

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2013) Frances (2014) St. Oswald's Way (2015) Le Puy (2016) Portugues (2018)
Hello, friends,
I'm trying to figure out what to walk and what to skip, toward the end of the Via Podiensis.

I have heard there's a four-day stretch from Aire-sur-l'Adour to Navarrenx that is especially monotonous. I could walk it anyway and continue on to Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port -- or I could skip that section (assuming I can get a bus or taxi in Aire-sur-l'Adour) and skip ahead to Navarrenx and continue from there through Saint-Jean and end in Pamplona.

Could anyone advise? It's easiest to walk a continuous route, of course, but I missed the stretch from Saint-Jean to Pamplona on an earlier camino, due to snow, and have always wondered what it's like to walk through those mountains. I don't know how tedious the piece after Aire-sur-l'Adour actually is. I welcome your thoughts. Many thanks.


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Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
I walked the LePuy route last year and wouldn't describe any of it as monotonous. But that's one of those very subjective topics. I also continued on from SJPP to Logrono. Aside from the Pyrennes section, the latter doesn't stay in my mind as being particularly more interesting than anything on the LePuy route. The social vibe is somewhat different from SJPP onwards. Waaay more people, especially those who speak English. Whatever you decide, Bon Chemin/Buen Camino.


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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I think you might want to see these answers.

Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2013) Frances (2014) St. Oswald's Way (2015) Le Puy (2016) Portugues (2018)
Thank you very much, Intrepidtraveler and NorthernLight.
And sorry for any confusion about posting a similar question in two places. I didn't intend to pose a question in this section for the Geneva-Le Puy route, as it more appropriately belonged in the Le Puy-SJPdP section. I'll eventually get the hang of this!

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