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Just for fun...your muddy shoes

Camino Chrissy

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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
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Hi all,
Many of us have been enjoying a daily dose of the photos being posted from the various caminos.

How about a quirky thread posting photos of muddy Camino shoes. Here are mine on the Norte, walking on a lovely blue slate trail...my shoes are nearly camoflauged.
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
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Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Does snow count?
I've never taken pictures of the giant pads of sticky mud that have at times accumulated underfoot...next time...
Walking into next to the Burgos airport on the way to the river route was memorable - 'Step-step-whack, step-step-whack,' trying (unsuccessfully) to knock the mud off with my poles.
 

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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Nice contrast on those brand new Hokas on the Norte last year . Too much rain on the Frances So I did not in 2018 take a picture

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This is the type of mud where you gain a full inch in height! 🙂
Ohh, Superman colors!
 

Iriebabel

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
This is the type of mud where you gain a full inch in height! 🙂
Ohh, Superman colors!
😅 I could use the extra inch because im so short but it was hard to walk, very slippery..it was like a really thick clay. had to stop often to dig it off with my trekking poles (yet another good use for poles)
Love my Hoka’s !😍
 
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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 could use the extra inch because im so short but it was hard to walk, very slippery..it was like a really thick clay. had to stop often to dig it off with my trekking poles (yet another good use for poles)
Love my Hoka’s !😍
Yes me too re the height!
This is like Essex clay after the rain and feels like a ton weight on the legs
 

Iriebabel

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Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
Yes me too re the height!
This is like Essex clay after the rain and feels like a ton weight on the legs
Yes and with my knee brace it was agony.
The picture was taken on my way to Zumaia between Zarautz and Getaria On the high mountain route. Not one other pilgrim in sight and it was raining On and off. The day before I took the coast route from Zarautz to Getaria then back to hostel Blai Blai in Zarautz, I was asking for it...should have kept going 😜
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I love Hoka's!
😅 I could use the extra inch because im so short but it was hard to walk, very slippery..it was like a really thick clay. had to stop often to dig it off with my trekking poles (yet another good use for poles)
Love my Hoka’s !😍
June 2018 on the Le Puy I used Hoka's...loved them!
 

Viggen

Vigo
Camino(s) past & future
CF June 2015
CP June 2017
Del Norte, Finisterre / Muxia Oct 2017
VDLP 2018
VF, SBP to Rome 2019
I love Hoka's!

June 2018 on the Le Puy I used Hoka's...loved them!
I see you did Fisherman's Trail last year. That was my plan this year, going up to Lisbon then STC. What did you think?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I absoutely loved the Fisherman's Trail, but it is nothing like a pilgrimage. It's its own stunningly beautiful hike, nothing wrong with that...just be prepared to dump sand out of your shoes some days. 😃
 

Viggen

Vigo
Camino(s) past & future
CF June 2015
CP June 2017
Del Norte, Finisterre / Muxia Oct 2017
VDLP 2018
VF, SBP to Rome 2019
I absoutely loved the Fisherman's Trail, but it is nothing like a pilgrimage. It's its own stunningly beautiful hike, nothing wrong with that...just be prepared to dump sand out of your shoes some days. 😃
Thanks
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Not mine, but my wife's. Mine were just as bad.

Photo taken as we crossed the heathland after leaving La Virgen del Camino, near Leon.
Mine were just like that once, probably in the same area. The mud was so thick and sticky, I was barely able to pry it off with my pole, but did not get a picture.
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
Mine were just like that once, probably in the same area. The mud was so thick and sticky, I was barely able to pry it off with my pole, but did not get a picture.
I think it mostly clay Chrissy ...mud may drop off a lot easier. Clay just suctions itself like an octopus and wont let go 🤣🤣🤣🤣 on the norte I had to stop sit and dig it off with my stick every 5 feet
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I think it mostly clay Chrissy ...mud may drop off a lot easier. Clay just suctions itself like an octopus and wont let go 🤣🤣🤣🤣 on the norte I had to stop sit and dig it off with my stick every 5 feet
Yes, @Iriebabel, you have described it perfectly...yep, had to be clay! 👍
 

TonyC

Geriatric
Camino(s) past & future
(2014/5) Frances Pt1 & Pt2
(2016) Portuguese, from Lisbon
(2018) Frances in Sep/Oct
(2019) Yorkshire
Yes, @Iriebabel, you have described it perfectly...yep, had to be clay! 👍
You're correct. It was a very sticky clay that weighed an extraordinary amount. We also had to stop frequently to try to clean it off with our walking poles.

But it was a very nice route to Vilar de Mazarife. Much nicer than following the N120 to Viladangos as we did last year. That was very tedious, just following the road the whole way.
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
You're correct. It was a very sticky clay that weighed an extraordinary amount. We also had to stop frequently to try to clean it off with our walking poles.

But it was a very nice route to Vilar de Mazarife. Much nicer than following the N120 to Viladangos as we did last year. That was very tedious, just following the road the whole way.
You saw my shoes in post#11 I felt like I was was carrying 2 extra mochillas on my foot 😂
 

TonyC

Geriatric
Camino(s) past & future
(2014/5) Frances Pt1 & Pt2
(2016) Portuguese, from Lisbon
(2018) Frances in Sep/Oct
(2019) Yorkshire
Yes, pick your "tedious"...stopping often to tediously scrape clay off your shoes or walking tediously on the road. 😃
Ah yes. But if the sun had been shining it would have been a glorious walk across the heathland. Even with the rain and mud it was a nice route.

The walk alongside the road was still tedious even with the sun shining. If it had rained on that route it would have been doubly tedious, ugh!😥
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Very muddy trails on the Le Puy route in May/June 2018 - these pictures are taken between Auvillar and Castet Arrouy. A couple of trails were closed due to flooding. LindaView attachment 80511
I loved the Le Puy and was not too far behind you. I started on May 30th. We had some rain, but no flooding. I ended in Auvillar.
 

Lleslie

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Camino Frances (2014)
Camino Via Podiensis (2018)
We loved it too, Chrissy😊 we started on the 20th. I remember one thunderstorm where Eileen and I sheltered under a shade set up for pilgrims in the front garden of a gite near Espreyac when a huge clap of lightening and thunder hit just over head! We screamed and ran down to the house where this lovely man welcomed us and insisted we come inside, dripping wet, fed us hot tea and biscuits while we waited for the storm to pass. Getting late in the day and still about 7k from Senergues where we were staying we asked if he would book a taxi for us - none were available so he rang his neighbours to take us. Two much older ladies turned up and drove us two drowned ozzie rats down the road, them not speaking a word of english and we not much better with our french! We were so grateful and reimbursed them for their kindness. The only few km skipped in two caminos - a reason to go back, I guess!
 

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