Hi @El Cascayal
- Spot goes anywhere that has a wide enough path for him. In places where the path is large boulders - eg some of those really rough Roman roads on the Sanabres - I’ve had to unload the cart and take the empty trailer over those large boulders, go back and collect the contents, then repack where the path is easier to navigate through. Not a problem - it never takes long.
Descents aren’t a problem either - for gentle descents my hands act as brakes as I lay my palms flat against the front of the handgrip and for steep descents I unhook myself from the waist belt and wheel the trailer in front of me supermarket trolley style in a zig zag pattern until I reach flat ground. For descents I always put my hiking poles under the bungee cords which keep the plastic cover and my umbrella secure.
For steep ascents, where there’s some “drag” I use my poles to get myself up the ascent. I take it slowly and it’s fine.
Here’s a close up of Spot last year on the VDLP - it was Banana Break time!
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I’ve walked around 2,800kms with Spot since 2017. Walking with him is an absolute dream and certainly on the flat ground I’m hardly aware of him behind me - he pootles along happily. I have more energy as I don’t have a heavy weight on my back and I can easily take a lot of water as everything is stored in the cart.
As you saw in the photo with the tank, I do have a cross body bag and a very lightweight daypack that’s on my person - these contain my valuables, including an iPad mini. I never let these items leave me.
I’ve had fantastic experiences with Spot in tow, and at least one offer from another pilgrim to go into business with his creator! I have tons and tons of happy memories of caminos with Spot and will always feel very grateful to the friend who created him.
Cheers from Oz -