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Graceybeth

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP-SDC July 1, 2016
I know this may seem silly, but I have constant butterflies for my Camino trip. I leave June 5th so only a couple of weeks away and I simply cannot wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I'm backpacking through Europe for the month of June and then start my Camino July 1st. I timed it so I could spend a couple of days in Pamplona for the festival of San Fermin and watch one of the running of the bulls. I come on here and read the forums and every few days, I unpack my bag and repack it just to kind of "Play" with my stuff. Makes me feel like I'm participating. I am doing training hikes too. Seriously, can we make the clock go faster? These days are dragging on!!! Thanks for enduring my ramblings. I just felt I needed to share my excitement with like minded people. I tell my friends here and they are think I'm crazy because I'm going solo! And I think they are a little sick of hearing about it!

Oh and a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was taking a training walk here in Dallas on the normal streets as there aren't many parks to walk and I was pushing my dog in his stroller because he is just a little guy and can't walk 10 miles. I had my full pack on and a lady pulls up beside me as I was waiting to cross the road and offers me $20. I asked why and she said that I actually looked like a homeless person who was trying to do something with their life instead of just standing around looking dirty with a sign begging. I was clean and wearing nice clothes with nice sunglasses so I wasn't sure why I looked homeless. I explained what I was doing and she said "Oh, I thought you had everything you owned on your back with your little doggy in his home!" I don't worry what people think of me but I guess I do stick out like a sore thumb here in the concrete jungle!IMG_2966.JPGIMG_2955.JPG
 
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MTtoCamino

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis SJPdP to Finnestere April(2014)
What an excellent story! You are going thru what everyone goes thru prior to leaving. If you tire of your European walk early don't compare to the Camino. Just start your Camino early, as once you are done many places to go..
 

Mike Savage

So many friends to meet . . . so little time
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés,Inglés
Muxia/Finisterre
Português Coastal
Português Central
Sanabrés
Great story and yes some people get very excited before departing. You are going to have a great time!

Buen Camino!

Mike
 

JKH

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015) and Camino Fisterra (2015)
I know this may seem silly, but I have constant butterflies for my Camino trip. I leave June 5th so only a couple of weeks away and I simply cannot wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I'm backpacking through Europe for the month of June and then start my Camino July 1st. I timed it so I could spend a couple of days in Pamplona for the festival of San Fermin and watch one of the running of the bulls. I come on here and read the forums and every few days, I unpack my bag and repack it just to kind of "Play" with my stuff. Makes me feel like I'm participating. I am doing training hikes too. Seriously, can we make the clock go faster? These days are dragging on!!! Thanks for enduring my ramblings. I just felt I needed to share my excitement with like minded people. I tell my friends here and they are think I'm crazy because I'm going solo! And I think they are a little sick of hearing about it!

Oh and a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was taking a training walk here in Dallas on the normal streets as there aren't many parks to walk and I was pushing my dog in his stroller because he is just a little guy and can't walk 10 miles. I had my full pack on and a lady pulls up beside me as I was waiting to cross the road and offers me $20. I asked why and she said that I actually looked like a homeless person who was trying to do something with their life instead of just standing around looking dirty with a sign begging. I was clean and wearing nice clothes with nice sunglasses so I wasn't sure why I looked homeless. I explained what I was doing and she said "Oh, I thought you had everything you owned on your back with your little doggy in his home!" I don't worry what people think of me but I guess I do stick out like a sore thumb here in the concrete jungle!View attachment 25855View attachment 25854
So funny, Gracey. Good luck.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I know this may seem silly, but I have constant butterflies for my Camino trip. I leave June 5th so only a couple of weeks away and I simply cannot wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I'm backpacking through Europe for the month of June and then start my Camino July 1st. I timed it so I could spend a couple of days in Pamplona for the festival of San Fermin and watch one of the running of the bulls. I come on here and read the forums and every few days, I unpack my bag and repack it just to kind of "Play" with my stuff. Makes me feel like I'm participating. I am doing training hikes too. Seriously, can we make the clock go faster? These days are dragging on!!! Thanks for enduring my ramblings. I just felt I needed to share my excitement with like minded people. I tell my friends here and they are think I'm crazy because I'm going solo! And I think they are a little sick of hearing about it!

Oh and a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was taking a training walk here in Dallas on the normal streets as there aren't many parks to walk and I was pushing my dog in his stroller because he is just a little guy and can't walk 10 miles. I had my full pack on and a lady pulls up beside me as I was waiting to cross the road and offers me $20. I asked why and she said that I actually looked like a homeless person who was trying to do something with their life instead of just standing around looking dirty with a sign begging. I was clean and wearing nice clothes with nice sunglasses so I wasn't sure why I looked homeless. I explained what I was doing and she said "Oh, I thought you had everything you owned on your back with your little doggy in his home!" I don't worry what people think of me but I guess I do stick out like a sore thumb here in the concrete jungle!View attachment 25855View attachment 25854
@Graceybeth:
I don't walk in the summer (too hot for me) so I don't know from personal experience, but there have been a lot of posts on the forum about the difficulty and cost of finding accommodation during San Fermin in Pamplona. You might try to make a booking for the days you expect to be there. If you can't get a reservation, there are posts that you might search for information and suggestions. Good luck.
 

DanielH

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2015 (SJPP to Burgos)
September 2016 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
May 2017 (Villafranca del Bierzo to Santiago de Compostela)
I know this may seem silly, but I have constant butterflies for my Camino trip. I leave June 5th so only a couple of weeks away and I simply cannot wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I'm backpacking through Europe for the month of June and then start my Camino July 1st. I timed it so I could spend a couple of days in Pamplona for the festival of San Fermin and watch one of the running of the bulls. I come on here and read the forums and every few days, I unpack my bag and repack it just to kind of "Play" with my stuff. Makes me feel like I'm participating. I am doing training hikes too. Seriously, can we make the clock go faster? These days are dragging on!!! Thanks for enduring my ramblings. I just felt I needed to share my excitement with like minded people. I tell my friends here and they are think I'm crazy because I'm going solo! And I think they are a little sick of hearing about it!

Oh and a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was taking a training walk here in Dallas on the normal streets as there aren't many parks to walk and I was pushing my dog in his stroller because he is just a little guy and can't walk 10 miles. I had my full pack on and a lady pulls up beside me as I was waiting to cross the road and offers me $20. I asked why and she said that I actually looked like a homeless person who was trying to do something with their life instead of just standing around looking dirty with a sign begging. I was clean and wearing nice clothes with nice sunglasses so I wasn't sure why I looked homeless. I explained what I was doing and she said "Oh, I thought you had everything you owned on your back with your little doggy in his home!" I don't worry what people think of me but I guess I do stick out like a sore thumb here in the concrete jungle!View attachment 25855View attachment 25854
What a great story. That is too funny! I live in Dallas and walk the hills of north oak cliff for training every day. I did the Camino last year from Saint Jean to Burgos last fall and will pick up the Camino again in Burgos starting in September. I and many others on this forum can relate to your excitement. Not a day has gone by in the past year that I haven't obsessed with the Camino so you're in good company. Wishing you a Buen Camino!
daniel
 

soozansings

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June 2nd (2016)
I know this may seem silly, but I have constant butterflies for my Camino trip. I leave June 5th so only a couple of weeks away and I simply cannot wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I'm backpacking through Europe for the month of June and then start my Camino July 1st. I timed it so I could spend a couple of days in Pamplona for the festival of San Fermin and watch one of the running of the bulls. I come on here and read the forums and every few days, I unpack my bag and repack it just to kind of "Play" with my stuff. Makes me feel like I'm participating. I am doing training hikes too. Seriously, can we make the clock go faster? These days are dragging on!!! Thanks for enduring my ramblings. I just felt I needed to share my excitement with like minded people. I tell my friends here and they are think I'm crazy because I'm going solo! And I think they are a little sick of hearing about it!

Oh and a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was taking a training walk here in Dallas on the normal streets as there aren't many parks to walk and I was pushing my dog in his stroller because he is just a little guy and can't walk 10 miles. I had my full pack on and a lady pulls up beside me as I was waiting to cross the road and offers me $20. I asked why and she said that I actually looked like a homeless person who was trying to do something with their life instead of just standing around looking dirty with a sign begging. I was clean and wearing nice clothes with nice sunglasses so I wasn't sure why I looked homeless. I explained what I was doing and she said "Oh, I thought you had everything you owned on your back with your little doggy in his home!" I don't worry what people think of me but I guess I do stick out like a sore thumb here in the concrete jungle!View attachment 25855View attachment 25854
I get the same thing walking in my town because we have a homeless mission and a women/ children mission close by where I live. The police officers slow down to make sure I'm ok,and when they understand what I'm getting ready to do they're interested in finding out about it.
 

John Finn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Frances - Sarria to Santiago (2013), Burgos to Leon (2014), St Jean Pied de Port to Logrono (2015), Logrono to Burgos (2016), Leon to Sarria (May 2017).
... I am doing training hikes too ... View attachment 25855View attachment 25854
Well done. You will have no problems, I'm sure.

Training is very important. The Camino is a physical and mental challenge. One has to have the stamina, strength and determination to withstand daily walks of between 15 and 20 miles. I met an Australian woman near Belorado last week for whom it was proving too much. She had been attracted to the "idea" of the Camino but had not fully appreciated the difficulties involved nor the physical toll it was taking on her body. Her feet hurt, she had blister problems, she found her body didn't really loosen up until the afternoons but, because of the need to get to an albergue to make sure she'd have a bed for the night, she had to continue setting out early. She said she "had no idea what I was thinking" when she committed to doing it and regretted her decision.

She's in a small minority but it is important for prospective peregrinos to understand what is involved and to be physically and mentally prepared for it. It often is bloody hard work which will leave you exhausted at the end of the day. Physical issues - especially with your feet - that you may not be aware of if you haven't been doing long training walks will very quickly manifest themselves. Other posts here (e.g. "Where is the ecstasy?") have shown that some people have unreal expectations of the Camino and are consequently disappointed by the reality. I sincerely hope this does not happen to you.
 
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joe french

Member
Camino(s) past & future
from st jean, the complete st james's walk. 5 to 6 weeks
Well done. You will have no problems, I'm sure.

Training is very important. The Camino is a physical and mental challenge. One has to have the stamina, strength and determination to withstand daily walks of between 15 and 20 miles. I met an Australian woman near Belorado last week for whom it was proving too much. She had been attracted to the "idea" of the Camino but had not fully appreciated the difficulties involved nor the physical toll it was taking on her body. Her feet hurt, she had blister problems, she found her body didn't really loosen up until the afternoons but, because of the need to get to an albergue to make sure she'd have a bed for the night, she had to continue setting out early. She said she "had no idea what I was thinking" when she committed to doing it and regretted her decision.

She's in a small minority but it is important for prospective peregrinos to understand what is involved and to be physically and mentally prepared for it. It often is bloody hard work which will leave you exhausted at the end of the day. Physical issues - especially with your feet - that you may not be aware of if you haven't been doing long training walks will very quickly manifest themselves. Other posts here (e.g. "Where is the ecstasy?") have shown that some people have unreal expectations of the Camino and are consequently disappointed by the reality. I sincerely hope this does not happen to you.
Any tips with how to prepare my feet for the walking...do poles work? I have never used them, I imagine they would be a hindence, I d rather have my hands on my rucksack straps...did u recommend boots or good trainer's??? And blisters...what precurions should I be taken....thanks ...Joef
 

John Finn

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Frances - Sarria to Santiago (2013), Burgos to Leon (2014), St Jean Pied de Port to Logrono (2015), Logrono to Burgos (2016), Leon to Sarria (May 2017).
Any tips with how to prepare my feet for the walking...do poles work? I have never used them, I imagine they would be a hindence, I d rather have my hands on my rucksack straps...did u recommend boots or good trainer's??? And blisters...what precurions should I be taken....thanks ...Joef
There are umpteen remedies for blisters, Joe, and the efficacy of any of them is open to question. I just completed another stage this year - Logrono to Burgos - and neither this year nor last did I have any problems. I wear 1000-Mile (brand name) socks and before I put them on I lightly coat my feet with Vaseline. I also have a left sock and a right sock and I wear the same socks for three days in a row. Whether this helped to prevent blisters or if I wouldn't have got any anyhow I don't know but I'm sticking to the formula!

Poles - I use them. They give me that extra bit of oomph in the hills. They *can* be a bit of a hindrance I suppose but you can always just strap them on to your pack when you don't need them.

Boots or trainers? Trainers for me. Most people in my experience wear them. Boots tend to be a rarity. It's really down to personal preference though.
 

Graceybeth

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP-SDC July 1, 2016
@Graceybeth:
I don't walk in the summer (too hot for me) so I don't know from personal experience, but there have been a lot of posts on the forum about the difficulty and cost of finding accommodation during San Fermin in Pamplona. You might try to make a booking for the days you expect to be there. If you can't get a reservation, there are posts that you might search for information and suggestions. Good luck.
I booked my room for the first two nights of San Fermin back in October and so thankful I did. It only cost me $74. The same room is now over $400.
 

Carmen L. Padron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
June 2016
I know this may seem silly, but I have constant butterflies for my Camino trip. I leave June 5th so only a couple of weeks away and I simply cannot wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I'm backpacking through Europe for the month of June and then start my Camino July 1st. I timed it so I could spend a couple of days in Pamplona for the festival of San Fermin and watch one of the running of the bulls. I come on here and read the forums and every few days, I unpack my bag and repack it just to kind of "Play" with my stuff. Makes me feel like I'm participating. I am doing training hikes too. Seriously, can we make the clock go faster? These days are dragging on!!! Thanks for enduring my ramblings. I just felt I needed to share my excitement with like minded people. I tell my friends here and they are think I'm crazy because I'm going solo! And I think they are a little sick of hearing about it!

Oh and a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was taking a training walk here in Dallas on the normal streets as there aren't many parks to walk and I was pushing my dog in his stroller because he is just a little guy and can't walk 10 miles. I had my full pack on and a lady pulls up beside me as I was waiting to cross the road and offers me $20. I asked why and she said that I actually looked like a homeless person who was trying to do something with their life instead of just standing around looking dirty with a sign begging. I was clean and wearing nice clothes with nice sunglasses so I wasn't sure why I looked homeless. I explained what I was doing and she said "Oh, I thought you had everything you owned on your back with your little doggy in his home!" I don't worry what people think of me but I guess I do stick out like a sore thumb here in the concrete jungle!View attachment 25855View attachment 25854
 

Carmen L. Padron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
June 2016
I will be walking for 6 days at the end of June and loved reading your post. I have been feeling the same and have gotten questions as I walk/train in my neighborhood in south Florida. I have tested 5 different types of socks, pants, packed and unpacked several times and I am sure I am driving my husband (who is not walking ) and friends crazy and I am only walking 6 days!! I have dreamed of this for 3 years and almost cried when I order my pilgrim passport/document the other day! I hope to arrive in Santiago by July 1 at the end of my short walk, I will be thinking of you as you start yours.
Buen Camino
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Well done. You will have no problems, I'm sure.

Training is very important. The Camino is a physical and mental challenge. One has to have the stamina, strength and determination to withstand daily walks of between 15 and 20 miles. ....
Just to clarify one point, John. You don't have to "withstand daily walks of between 15 and 20 miles" unless you choose to. I choose to withstand daily walks of between 10 and 13 miles, which works perfectly for my body.
 

Bandlcamino2016

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting Camino Norte may 23 2016
I understand your excitement. We leave tomorrow from Toronto Canada for the Camino. Have packed and unpacked three times today. I have to do it again still 4 pounds over what I want in my back pack. I'm anxious , excited and nervous all at the same time. Wonder how much sleep I'm going to get tonight lol I'm thinking not a lot ... Our first Camino and we're taking the Norte route ... Who knows what's ahead. Enjoy your Camino I know I'm looking forward to mine ... It's reboot time
 

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