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andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. 😂😂😂
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
Hi Andywild,

Definitely taking "the Mick"!!!!!

Have a wonderful time and
Bring your own coffee and tea bags!!!
Annette
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Maybe you have a too snall backpack... This one has space for your hairdryer too...

55607
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. 😂😂😂
And when you come to a fork in the road, take it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
...
I know nothing about questions 1-8 but I'm pretty sure you will be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts. Please make that happen.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
...and any other cutlery you encounter. You'll need them in the Galician albergues!
And the pots and pans
Then again no point as the cookers aren't attached to gas or electricity.......
Just there for show
Still.....you can cook a "pretend" dinner!
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
I dont think you need a sleeping bag at all. I have walked four caminos (two on the CF) in September and October and didnt need one. If you are walking in Galicia the albergues have blankets. Get a sleep sack or a liner that will be more than enough.
If you check your pack you can take poles. I would never check my pack because if it gets lost you are screwed. Either buy poles when you arrive or get a tube from Fedex and check your poles only. I would also throw in a Swiss army knife. They come in really handy.
Many people use the Brierley book. You can also download the Wise Pilgrim app or Buen Camino they both have offline maps and GPS too. You can get a temporary SIM card from Movistar or Orange. I like Orange because for 20 Euros you get 10 gigs and 80 minutes of calling for a month,
See above no GPS needed
The worst thing you can do is not wear your boots. If you are going in September get trail runners. I think most people have less blisters with those. Walk with them for at least a month. Also get a size larger your feet will swell up. Put vaseline on every morning all over your feet.
You wont get lonely on that stretch as it is as crowded as grand central station
they not only have coffee in Spain they have food too.
I think this may be a joke of a thread
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
Andy, your 80L 55lb rucksack should be sufficient. You won't need to carry much food because there is a Burger King every 3 miles along the Camino!
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
You forgot a few questions

What's the average distance I should walk each day - 5km or 50km?

Will 5000€ in cash be enough for my Camino?

How do sim cards work in Spain?
 

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 dont think you need a sleeping bag at all. I have walked four caminos (two on the CF) in September and October and didnt need one. If you are walking in Galicia the albergues have blankets. Get a sleep sack or a liner that will be more than enough.
If you check your pack you can take poles. I would never check my pack because if it gets lost you are screwed. Either buy poles when you arrive or get a tube from Fedex and check your poles only. I would also throw in a Swiss army knife. They come in really handy.
Many people use the Brierley book. You can also download the Wise Pilgrim app or Buen Camino they both have offline maps and GPS too. You can get a temporary SIM card from Movistar or Orange. I like Orange because for 20 Euros you get 10 gigs and 80 minutes of calling for a month,
See above no GPS needed
The worst thing you can do is not wear your boots. If you are going in September get trail runners. I think most people have less blisters with those. Walk with them for at least a month. Also get a size larger your feet will swell up. Put vaseline on every morning all over your feet.
You wont get lonely on that stretch as it is as crowded as grand central station
they not only have coffee in Spain they have food too.
I think this may be a joke of a thread
All sound advice but Andywild knows all that already - he was taking the mick.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
I've decided not to walk in km. Whilst walking the 800km from sjpdp last year I regularly wished I'd walked the 500 mile option instead. Unfortunately the group I walked with were all walking in km and I couldn't swap to miles as I would have hated to split the group up.
I am going to play it safe money-wise.. I'm taking 8000 euro in small denominations. This means changing all my money into 1&2 euro coins and adds 80kg to my pack weight.
I'm not too worried about a Sim card. I have no friends and therefore won't be needing to call anyone.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
All sound advice but Andywild knows all that already - he was taking the mick.
Hi John,
We knew that...
Now we're taking the mick out of the poor guy...but he knows that!!! ....he's a good sport....even though he's a "bad egg" for starting this thread!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
I've decided not to walk in km. Whilst walking the 800km from sjpdp last year I regularly wished I'd walked the 500 mile option instead. Unfortunately the group I walked with were all walking in km and I couldn't swap to miles as I would have hated to split the group up.
I am going to play it safe money-wise.. I'm taking 8000 euro in small denominations. This means changing all my money into 1&2 euro coins and adds 80kg to my pack weight.
I'm not too worried about a Sim card. I have no friends and therefore won't be needing to call anyone.
Seriously Andy,
You need to get on the ...Not So Serious Thread ....it's fun......and we laugh at anything.....and I mean anything!!
 

travelgirl409

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September (2016)
I've decided not to walk in km. Whilst walking the 800km from sjpdp last year I regularly wished I'd walked the 500 mile option instead. Unfortunately the group I walked with were all walking in km and I couldn't swap to miles as I would have hated to split the group up.
I am going to play it safe money-wise.. I'm taking 8000 euro in small denominations. This means changing all my money into 1&2 euro coins and adds 80kg to my pack weight.
I'm not too worried about a Sim card. I have no friends and therefore won't be needing to call anyone.
I’m so enjoying this thread🤪🤪
 

Leibniz

Peregrina
Camino(s) past & future
Frances from Astorga (2018)
Frances/Invierno from SJPP (2019)
I've decided not to walk in km. Whilst walking the 800km from sjpdp last year I regularly wished I'd walked the 500 mile option instead. Unfortunately the group I walked with were all walking in km and I couldn't swap to miles as I would have hated to split the group up.
You should have requested miles walkers at the start when you got allocated your Camino family.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
I'm not a huge fan of sporks as I find the spoon element is often unused and therefore unnecessary weight.. however a spoonless knife/fork combination appeals to me.. I guess it would be a knork?
I take 7 pairs of socks on a camino and knot them altogether in a long line creating a handy scarf.. I like to call it a scock....
 
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MikeyC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
CF - 2019
Andy. If you're getting new hiking poles make sure that you get a matched pair. Last time I didn't check the handles and ended up with two right hand poles. Spent most of the Camino veering off track to the right. Even worse, the wife had two left handed poles. We hardly saw each other most days.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Andy. If you're getting new hiking poles make sure that you get a matched pair. Last time I didn't check the handles and ended up with two right hand poles. Spent most of the Camino veering off track to the right. Even worse, the wife had two left handed poles. We hardly saw each other most days.
You definitely need @davebugg's new E-Poles!
The E-Poles don't replace actual walking, they just provide 75% of the effort to each stride. This allows you to walk with only 25% of the energy compared to manual walking.

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*** Batteries, shaft, tips, and hand grips are not included, but are available as optional add ons.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
They sound truly incredible !! Obviously I'd forget them at the first bar I came to but I will definitely be buying a pair...
Actually, I've just thought of a way of upgrading them... By simply attaching a piece of technical string that travels up your sleeve (think mittens when you were 6) they would never be forgotten..
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
Nah, Andy you know all that.
But if you ditch the Frances and walk the Invierno instead, you'll have a ton of potentially annoying questions to ask about a new route.
All sorts of potential for getting us all worked up - or laughing. Or both.
🤣
 

Camino4my50th

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2019
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
This is a joke right?
 

Camino4my50th

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2019
My ignorance but he has done a Camino?
So all the questions are things that one would have dealt with on a Camino? No?
Also the responses and subsequent responses and questions seem to have a sense of humour to them? No ?
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
Nah, Andy you know all that.
But if you ditch the Frances and walk the Invierno instead, you'll have a ton of potentially annoying questions to ask about a new route.
All sorts of potential for getting us all worked up - or laughing. Or both.
🤣
I'm thinking of the VDLP in April... Luckily there's tons of stuff I don't know so be prepared!! 🤣
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
My ignorance but he has done a Camino?
So all the questions are things that one would have dealt with on a Camino? No?
Also the responses and subsequent responses and questions seem to have a sense of humour to them? No ?
I apologise for the confusion. Yes last year I walked the CF from sjpdp in April and then the CP from Porto and added on finisterra.. I do occasionally ask serious questions though... But mainly I post just to interact with all the lovely people on here. Any any knowledge gained or shared is purely accidental 😀
 

Ian L

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances summer 2017 (SJPP to Fromista)
Plan on returning in 2019 (Fromista to Santiago)
I've decided not to walk in km. Whilst walking the 800km from sjpdp last year I regularly wished I'd walked the 500 mile option instead. Unfortunately the group I walked with were all walking in km and I couldn't swap to miles as I would have hated to split the group up.
I am going to play it safe money-wise.. I'm taking 8000 euro in small denominations. This means changing all my money into 1&2 euro coins and adds 80kg to my pack weight.
I'm not too worried about a Sim card. I have no friends and therefore won't be needing to call anyone.

Also don't forget to switch the weather app on your phone to Fahrenheit rather than Celsius. I made this mistake and couldn't figure out why it was freezing in the middle of summer.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
One of my main concerns with the CF was that I only learned how to ask for a cheese sandwich in Spanish.. this year I plan on learning the word for onion so I can alternate between cheese and cheese and onion.. a whole new world of Spanish cuisine awaits.
 

ShaLaw

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, fall of 2015
My ignorance but he has done a Camino?
So all the questions are things that one would have dealt with on a Camino? No?
Also the responses and subsequent responses and questions seem to have a sense of humour to them? No ?
Yes, he has and kept us all entertained with his blog! https://firstcamino.wordpress.com/

Andy, I hope you intend to blog this mini-camino too?!

Buen Camino!
 

Hurry Krishna

Indian on the Way
Camino(s) past & future
2009 (from Sarria), 2014 from St Jean Pied de Port, 2016 from Porto, 2018 from Le Puy to Santiago.
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
No, yes, don’t know but Mycaminobed is a great app for accommodation, no, depends on the state of your old boot, no (!!!! 40 l will do) NO - not unless you are really good at keeping people away; and finally... hmmmm???
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
Yes, he has and kept us all entertained with his blog! https://firstcamino.wordpress.com/

Andy, I hope you intend to blog this mini-camino too?!

Buen Camino!
Aww aren't you just lovely for saying that !!
Yep I'll be blogging and then hopefully there'll be a big blog to look forward to next April when I team up with Randy and tackle the VDLP.. (he's considering the Norte but im not feeling it... Going to research VDLP a bit more and see if that appeals)
🙂
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
It actually took me a few minutes and some typing a reply BEFORE the lightbulb went off. You were being funny....DOH! Oooh...NOW I get it!

As many of you know, my default setting is serious, like a heart attack. I am not prone to humor most of the time. Apparently when the angels were handing out funny bones during the human assembly process, I was in the born old, too serious, really dyspeptic, issuance queue... So, I immediately set to work answering your questions, as though they were serious...

THEN, and all of a sudden, it occurred to me that Andy's questions were ALL the same questions that EVERY newbie asks, over and over again, ad nauseum, without first trying the SEARCH FUNCTION. H-E-L-L-O!!!

At that moment, I had a good chuckle and decided NOT to answer the same questions for the upteenth time.

A little late for April Fools Day, but timely for Camino Easter Eggs...

Thanks for the chuckle!
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
It actually took me a few minutes and some typing a reply BEFORE the lightbulb went off. You were being funny....DOH! Oooh...NOW I get it!

As many of you know, my default setting is serious, like a heart attack. I am not prone to humor most of the time. Apparently when the angels were handing out funny bones during the human assembly process, I was in the born old, too serious, really dyspeptic, issuance queue... So, I immediately set to work answering your questions, as though they were serious...

THEN, and all of a sudden, it occurred to me that Andy's questions were ALL the same questions that EVERY newbie asks, over and over again, ad nauseum, without first trying the SEARCH FUNCTION. H-E-L-L-O!!!

At that moment, I had a good chuckle and decided NOT to answer the same questions for the upteenth time.

A little late for April Fools Day, but timely for Camino Easter Eggs...

Thanks for the chuckle!
You shock me.. surely any regular on here sees my name and assumes the post will be inane drivel that only I find funny... I'm not sure if I should apologise or lay the blame squarely at your feet for not realising sooner...
On a more serious note I guess I should take this opportunity to thank everyone for putting up with me 😀😀
Hugs
Andy
 

Anik2001

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances (2017), future: Frances again (2020)
Awww... I hope you will have a few new chapters of The tale of Saint James to offer in your next blog! Still waiting for them to have a good laugh.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
I wasn't sure if anyone was reading the tale of st James.. I'll have to whip another chapter off and see where he's up to..
And toilet paper on a camino?? I prefer a true pilgrim experience.. surely using twigs brings us closer to God. (Although it's frowned upon in the burger king in Santiago... Apparently it blocks their toilets)
 

mike mcbroom

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis June 17, 2015 ,Portagusee from Porto to Santiago August 2016, Francis may 2018 this year wil
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
geezzz
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
It actually took me a few minutes and some typing a reply BEFORE the lightbulb went off. You were being funny....DOH! Oooh...NOW I get it!

As many of you know, my default setting is serious, like a heart attack. I am not prone to humor most of the time. Apparently when the angels were handing out funny bones during the human assembly process, I was in the born old, too serious, really dyspeptic, issuance queue... So, I immediately set to work answering your questions, as though they were serious...

THEN, and all of a sudden, it occurred to me that Andy's questions were ALL the same questions that EVERY newbie asks, over and over again, ad nauseum, without first trying the SEARCH FUNCTION. H-E-L-L-O!!!

At that moment, I had a good chuckle and decided NOT to answer the same questions for the upteenth time.

A little late for April Fools Day, but timely for Camino Easter Eggs...

Thanks for the chuckle!
Serious is good
Not so serious is good too
You do help a lot of people on the forum though
Next time you see Andywilds question just wait until you've had the 2nd cup of coffee......take it with a pinch of salt as well!!!
 

Hurry Krishna

Indian on the Way
Camino(s) past & future
2009 (from Sarria), 2014 from St Jean Pied de Port, 2016 from Porto, 2018 from Le Puy to Santiago.
I wasn't sure if anyone was reading the tale of st James.. I'll have to whip another chapter off and see where he's up to..
And toilet paper on a camino?? I prefer a true pilgrim experience.. surely using twigs brings us closer to God. (Although it's frowned upon in the burger king in Santiago... Apparently it blocks their toilets)
Sorry, couldn’t resist contributing to the the toilet discussion: https://readingontheroad54893552.wordpress.com/2018/11/23/when-nature-calls/
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago, St Jean to Santuago, 2015
Camino Portuguese, 2018
I dont think you need a sleeping bag at all. I have walked four caminos (two on the CF) in September and October and didnt need one. If you are walking in Galicia the albergues have blankets. Get a sleep sack or a liner that will be more than enough.
If you check your pack you can take poles. I would never check my pack because if it gets lost you are screwed. Either buy poles when you arrive or get a tube from Fedex and check your poles only. I would also throw in a Swiss army knife. They come in really handy.
Many people use the Brierley book. You can also download the Wise Pilgrim app or Buen Camino they both have offline maps and GPS too. You can get a temporary SIM card from Movistar or Orange. I like Orange because for 20 Euros you get 10 gigs and 80 minutes of calling for a month,
See above no GPS needed
The worst thing you can do is not wear your boots. If you are going in September get trail runners. I think most people have less blisters with those. Walk with them for at least a month. Also get a size larger your feet will swell up. Put vaseline on every morning all over your feet.
You wont get lonely on that stretch as it is as crowded as grand central station
they not only have coffee in Spain they have food too.
I think this may be a joke of a thread
I hope so
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Always walk your legs in miles its so much shorter. Take less weight in the afternoon you walk better and learn Finnish or Ungarian it's the lingua franca of the Camino.
 

aziletx

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
March-April (2019)
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
You make me laugh!!!!!!!!!!!! The shoes and coffee for real!!!!!!! But, I can at least answer the pole question in all seriousness. I put my collapsible poles in my carry-on luggage and they went through security fine both from the US and from LIS back to the US.
 

Jacobus

Pilgrim since 2008
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2008 09 14
Del Norte 2011. Portuguese 2015, 2017Ingles 2015 Fisterre 2015.
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
😜
 

Aesklepius

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago, on to Fisterra, Muxia and back to Santiago. (April-June 2016)
I've decided not to walk in km. Whilst walking the 800km from sjpdp last year I regularly wished I'd walked the 500 mile option instead. Unfortunately the group I walked with were all walking in km and I couldn't swap to miles as I would have hated to split the group up.
I am going to play it safe money-wise.. I'm taking 8000 euro in small denominations. This means changing all my money into 1&2 euro coins and adds 80kg to my pack weight.
I'm not too worried about a Sim card. I have no friends and therefore won't be needing to call anyone.

Forget the Euros. Take bitcoin. And as far as distance goes, please walk in leagues or furlongs in order to make it feel shorter or longer. Your choice. Pack weight is measured in stone. A three stone pack is sensible. It sounds light.
 

Aesklepius

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: St Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago, on to Fisterra, Muxia and back to Santiago. (April-June 2016)
I wasn't sure if anyone was reading the tale of st James.. I'll have to whip another chapter off and see where he's up to..
And toilet paper on a camino?? I prefer a true pilgrim experience.. surely using twigs brings us closer to God. (Although it's frowned upon in the burger king in Santiago... Apparently it blocks their toilets)
Ah yes. Sound advice from Briarly.
 

Caminopigeon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
5/2019
I dont think you need a sleeping bag at all. I have walked four caminos (two on the CF) in September and October and didnt need one. If you are walking in Galicia the albergues have blankets. Get a sleep sack or a liner that will be more than enough.
If you check your pack you can take poles. I would never check my pack because if it gets lost you are screwed. Either buy poles when you arrive or get a tube from Fedex and check your poles only. I would also throw in a Swiss army knife. They come in really handy.
Many people use the Brierley book. You can also download the Wise Pilgrim app or Buen Camino they both have offline maps and GPS too. You can get a temporary SIM card from Movistar or Orange. I like Orange because for 20 Euros you get 10 gigs and 80 minutes of calling for a month,
See above no GPS needed
The worst thing you can do is not wear your boots. If you are going in September get trail runners. I think most people have less blisters with those. Walk with them for at least a month. Also get a size larger your feet will swell up. Put vaseline on every morning all over your feet.
You wont get lonely on that stretch as it is as crowded as grand central station
they not only have coffee in Spain they have food too.
I think this may be a joke of a thread
Peace be with you!

It might be, but I needed all your answers! Thank you very much!
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
There you go.. I've officially and unwittingly helped someone... Now then.. has anyone got any advice regarding ponchos? 😃😃
 

Owen Duguay

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Le Puy to SJPP to Santiago de Compostelle to Finisterre. Environ 1700 km.
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

As a serious coffee drinker I can assure you that you are in fjor a treat. Spain serves great coffee and plenty of it. Have a real nice Camino you two.
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
Hi Andy
Why don't you try the last 300k of the Norte?

Your questions, yes take a sleeping bag, 80l rucksack far too big (think around 40, the wise pilgrim guides, you don't need goals, you won't be lonely before sarria and yes you can get coffee, but you did the Frances route last year didn't you?
 

Cam1952

www.camcamino.com
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Sept-Oct (2013)
Frances Santiago Sept-Oct (2017)
Portuguese June (2019)
Just a thought on the limited time available for your Camino.
If you were to walk backwards from Santiago, facing Santiago and moving east you will know where you could have started at the end of your time on The Way.
I don't think it is necessary to wear your clothes backwards, or wear your pack on your chest....but the effect on the other Pilgrims and locals would be interesting.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
My son Noel and Andy last year on the Camino. Noel says Andy knows answers to questions you haven't even thought of, Like where oh where is that Burger King!
Haha!! You can tell from my pose that I'm imparting gems of wisdom in that photo.. and that Noel is rapidly increasing his pace in an attempt to get away 😃😃
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

As a serious coffee drinker I can assure you that you are in fjor a treat. Spain serves great coffee and plenty of it. Have a real nice Camino you two.
Hah,
Methinks that he drinks far too much coffee as it is!!
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
1. I should take a sleeping bag - Yes
2. I can take my poles on the plane - Make sure your break down and fit INSIDE your carry on pack.
3. What's the best guidebook - The one you get when you pick up your Credenciel. It is the smallest, lightest.T
4. Will I need GPS - No.
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go? - No.
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough? - TOO BIG. A 35L to 40L pack and 10 to 12 lb of stuff.
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago - Not if your friend is with you. Not even by yourself.
8. Can I get coffee in Spain - Ask for Cafe con leche, por favor, (pronounced kafay con lay chay)

BOOWEN CAMINO!!! 😎
 

Lynda t

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago May 2010
Lisbon to Santiago May 2012
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
Just the clothes you stand up in, an umbrella and a bread roll.
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
Hi Andy
Why don't you try the last 300k of the Norte?

Your questions, yes take a sleeping bag, 80l rucksack far too big (think around 40, the wise pilgrim guides, you don't need goals, you won't be lonely before sarria and yes you can get coffee, but you did the Frances route last year didn't you?
I considered the Norte but seeing as I haven't walked it yet I thought doing the last 300km may spoil it if I ever decide to do it in full.. 🙂
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
As many of you know, my default setting is serious, like a heart attack. I am not prone to humor most of the time.
Like it. A lot.
With your permission, I’ll use it. Probably a lot.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
1. I should take a sleeping bag - Yes
2. I can take my poles on the plane - Make sure your break down and fit INSIDE your carry on pack.
3. What's the best guidebook - The one you get when you pick up your Credenciel. It is the smallest, lightest.T
4. Will I need GPS - No.
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go? - No.
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough? - TOO BIG. A 35L to 40L pack and 10 to 12 lb of stuff.
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago - Not if your friend is with you. Not even by yourself.
8. Can I get coffee in Spain - Ask for Cafe con leche, por favor, (pronounced kafay con lay chay)

BOOWEN CAMINO!!! 😎

I think the term is................."You've been Andy'd" ;););)
 

emmanuel

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2011)
Norte (2014)
Norte (2016)
Salvador (2017)
Frances (2018)
Madrid-Salvador-Primitivo 19
Andy, your 80L 55lb rucksack should be sufficient. You won't need to carry much food because there is a Burger King every 3 miles along the Camino!
Thank God there isn't! What you get is real food.
 

SteveV

Enjoy every moment
Camino(s) past & future
newbie 8/29/17 at SJPD
So, after boring my pal with tales of the Camino it has been suggested that we attempt a mini camino in September.. we only have a couple of weeks so I'm considering doing a 12ish day stretch on the CF.. 250-300km and I'm thinking it would be nice for her to end at Santiago for her first attempt .. that way we get some pre-sarria days in (I'm thinking start around ponferrada ish) which should offer a taste of the quieter sections before the Sarria crowds.
Unfortunately this probably means I'll be back on here getting giddy and writing annoying posts..
I'm just wondering, does anyone know if:
1. I should take a sleeping bag
2. I can take my poles on the plane
3. What's the best guidebook
4. Will I need GPS
5. Should I buy new boots and not try them before I go?
6. Is an 80L 55lb rucksack big enough
7. Will I be lonely between Sarria and Santiago
8. Can I get coffee in Spain

Thank you
Hugs
Andy
1. No way sleeping bag. 2-3 lbs. get a liner. very light if it gets cooler layer up on clothes when you sleep.
2. Absolutely no poles on a plane.
Either buy some or pick some “leftovers at an albergue
3. The list from a pilgrim office. forget the book. Weighs too much.
4.The GPS you need is the yellow arrow and fellow pilgrims.
5. Going in September, buy boots now. Wear everyday get 100 miles on them.
6.My friend. You need a 34L-40ish L pack. Clothes 1 on 1 in the bag. your total weight bag and “stuff “ about 11-12lbs. Clothes think layers and multiple use.
7. Sarria to Santiago is rush hour on the Camino
8.Experience the experience. Drink there coffee and enjoy every moment
9. Good luck/ Buen Camino
 

RibbonRomanceAuthor

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte (2020)
I’ve done marathon walks in the states for over ten years doing a full marathon in one day. Injinji toe socks made that possible. In warm temps I wear them alone. In colder temps, I wear them as liners under Smartwool and others. My Camino is next year and my injinji socks are first on my pack list.
 

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