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Pilgrim Report

DowtyCamino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May-July (2014),
May-July (2017)
#1
Just checking in to report. SJPdP to Burgos

Crowds: Same volume on the Camino at any one time as 2014 with no problems with overcrowding but Albergues the often near capacity vs many open beds.
Weather: Hotter than 2014 by a large margin
Litter: Camino seems to continue to be well kept and I've seen none of the problems I'd heard about. Several Pilgrims picking up litter as they go.
Bikes: Substantially fewer than 2014
Albergues: Cleary more available and more advertisements for them.
Ice cream and veggies: Our two big unexpecteds from 2014 (no veggies and bad ice cream) seems to have been anomaly. Both in good supply so far! :)
 

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marylynn

Active Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011-12-14-15-16-17-18 CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 Hærvejen DK
#3
Thanks for the update. I will be walking the CF from the second half of August and into the fall, and have been thinking about a Plan B in case of overcrowding. Maybe it won't be too bad then.
Re ice cream: Magnum ice cream bars were available in Spring 2012, and probably earlier. They are hard to beat!!!
 

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trecile

Veteran Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#7
If I find one this year I'll be sure to post a picture.
 
Camino(s) past & future
St.Jean-Santiago (2017)
#9
I'm approaching Sarias and can echo your observations mostly. Have been largely avoiding the crowds by sticking to smaller hamlets and offsetting Brierley's daily plan.

The Camino does seem to be somewhat self cleaning, compared to American city streets for example.

Alas, Cannot share your opinion in ice cream though. The only hope is gelato in the larger cities.


Buen Camino,
- jgp
 

DowtyCamino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May-July (2014),
May-July (2017)
#12
and on a separate bit similar vein, what was that magical elixir of golden spirit that I'd intended on trying on Camino??
 
Camino(s) past & future
I will be walking the Camino starting August 26, 2016 from St Jean.
#14
Just checking in to report. SJPdP to Burgos

Crowds: Same volume on the Camino at any one time as 2014 with no problems with overcrowding but Albergues the often near capacity vs many open beds.
Weather: Hotter than 2014 by a large margin
Litter: Camino seems to continue to be well kept and I've seen none of the problems I'd heard about. Several Pilgrims picking up litter as they go.
Bikes: Substantially fewer than 2014
Albergues: Cleary more available and more advertisements for them.
Ice cream and veggies: Our two big unexpecteds from 2014 (no veggies and bad ice cream) seems to have been anomaly. Both in good supply so far! :)
Forget the ice cream (can't have it) bring on the melons. I was lucky and was given slices of melon instead. To me they were better than American melons. The other walkers saw they got the short end of the deal.
 

kdespot

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés SJPP-SdC Sept-Oct 2016
#15
Veggies??? You mean like on the plate, right? Not just walking by fields of them? Wow. Details, please... do tell!
 

DowtyCamino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May-July (2014),
May-July (2017)
#16
Veggies??? You mean like on the plate, right? Not just walking by fields of them? Wow. Details, please... do tell!
Yes. On plates. In fact a full plate of veggies. As a starter we've had Judias verde (green beans). We had tons of asparagus and peas as well. GO figure...in2014 nothing...now, an abundance.
 

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