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First Time Trip ?'s


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First off I am very excited for my Trip in Mid-late May '07, my Sister and I will be walking the together starting in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port. I have been doing a lot of research and this forum has been very helpful. I do have a few questions though.

-Is the trail well marked, its my biggest fear to get
-There is a lot of confusion on footwear. Would a good pair of walking shoes such as New Balance be practical in mid to late May?
-Are the Refugios marked?

Thanks for all your help!!


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You should not worry about those questions - I had my walk (the first) late May this year and had very little ideas about what to expect - except all the good advises on this web. Trail was well marked (except a few places, but created no problems), shoes similar to yours and the refugios were easy to find - except for Saint Jean were I actually had to search for them. I am planning returning next year but probably in mid April.



Everything is well marked for the first week or so of the walk and by the time that they get a bit casual about it you will have got the hang of how the Camino works and shouldn't have any problems with a bit of common sense. I did the same walk as you are planning from mid May to mid June this year. I had no map, a rudimentary guide and had no navigational problems. I heard of a German lad who set off one day, walked hard and ended up back where he started but the fact that people were talking about it suggests that it is pretty rare. Anyway, what is a day in a lifetime?

As for footwear, this year everything was dry and so shoes would be fine if they are well worn in, have tough soles and are comfortable. A heavy rain storm in the clay areas to the west of Pamplona could cause you problems but, what the hell, it's not going to wreck your pilgrimage. I wore leather boots but the weather was so hot that I boiled my feet.

Relax, take it as it comes and enjoy the camaraderie along the way.

Buen Camino



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