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2020 Camino Guides

Trishb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada to Santiago
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
 

jgiesbrecht

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances in March-April 2020
The only thing that I would consider cheating is if someone lies about how they got somewhere. For example, especially in the last 100kms if someone says they walked the whole thing but took a taxi several times. To each their own camino, and I don't care if you go horseback up the mountains, transport your bag every day, or even skip the meseta (on the frances)....the only thing I wouldn't like is if someone said they did something they didnt.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2009), Camino Frances (2012), Via de la Plata (2013) and Camino del Norte planned for May, 2015
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
There is no such thing as cheating (unless one brags about how far and fast one has walked...and even then you have really only cheated yourself). Pilgrims hopping rides on farmers' carts is as old as pilgrimage itself. And the clincher for me, especially as I too, am a septuagenarian about to set off on the de Lana in a few weeks is that I will need the use of my knees, hips, feet etc for as many years that are left to me so why thrash them. What would have been a skip and a hop five years ago is not necessarily so today, as I have discovered. You made a wise move, especially early on such a long Way. Buen Camino sez I.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2009), Camino Frances (2012), Via de la Plata (2013) and Camino del Norte planned for May, 2015
The only thing that I would consider cheating is if someone lies about how they got somewhere. For example, especially in the last 100kms if someone says they walked the whole thing but took a taxi several times. To each their own camino, and I don't care if you go horseback up the mountains, transport your bag every day, or even skip the meseta (on the frances)....the only thing I wouldn't like is if someone said they did something they didnt.
Yup🙃
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
cheating - some may dread they´ll do it, some people actually do it, some people accuse sb of doing it...
maybe you´ll claim you never did it...

but ask yourself

who are you cheating, that is the main thing.....!!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
2012 Lemovicensis + Francés;
2016 Podiensis + CdN + Fisterra;
2018 VdlP + Sanabrés + Muxia/Fisterra
Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
Well, I´ve done it but I don´t call you a wimp.
For me it´s nearly an (possibly pathological) obsession to walk every meter on my own feet. But in this case it wasn´t pleasant: Pouring rain and low temperatures. The stepstones in the creek in Berrocal were flooded so I had to wade the ford.

As jgiesbrecht correctly said:
The only thing that I would consider cheating is if someone lies about how they got somewhere.
Every one has it´s own limits and obsessions. So don´t care and keep on going.

¡Ultreia!
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Regardless of what anybody might think about this, I must confess I personally LOVE this 13.5 km stretch on tarmac, I have walked it 4 times, and will be looking forward to walking it again. It is not physically very demanding, and leaving Castilblanco at night and see every nuance and every color in the sunrise, listen to so many different birds, often the first cuckoos in the season... to me it is a beautiful part of the Camino. This said, the road is usually quiet, and I am not 73 year old and I do not fear the final slope at the end of the day so much, I just take it easy.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable walk for me!
 

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 walked that section; at the time I was a couple of years younger than you are now. As I remember it, about two thirds of that day's pilgrims shared a taxi for that section, to the entrance to the park. And I paid to have my pack carried in that taxi. If you are a pilgrim wanting a Compostela, you could cheat if you claim that you walked the last 100km when you did not. The good/bad news is that you're currently a very long distance from the last 100kms, so this does not apply. Buen camino, however you decide to walk it.
 

Trishb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada to Santiago
Regardless of what anybody might think about this, I must confess I personally LOVE this 13.5 km stretch on tarmac, I have walked it 4 times, and will be looking forward to walking it again. It is not physically very demanding, and leaving Castilblanco at night and see every nuance and every color in the sunrise, listen to so many different birds, often the first cuckoos in the season... to me it is a beautiful part of the Camino. This said, the road is usually quiet, and I am not 73 year old and I do not fear the final slope at the end of the day so much, I just take it easy.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable walk for me!
How I admire you!
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
I did the same and I was 48 years old ;-)
BC SY
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
Maybe it's because I'm just not a very intelligent man, but for me it's very simple:

I never think of other people cheating. How someone wants to do their Camino (or other things in life) is entirely up to them. It's not for me to judge.

If you decide to take a taxi (for whatever reason) it's not cheating, it's just your decision. It means that, at that moment, that is your Camino. For someone else walking that stage is their Camino.

Either way, each of you is doing their Camino. I'm sorry, but I just can't see any cheating in it.

😘
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPD-Burgos 2012, Muxia 2013, Chemin de la Liberte 2014, Ingles 2016, Rabanal 2017, Portugues 2018
It hangs in every bar in town, and the bar staff is always very happy to call one for you!
BC SY
Thanks - I was signalling my support to trishb. Last year on the portugues/variante I met an American woman who was doing the whole thing by taxi/boat, but she was an amusing raconteur & in the evenings able to tell me about and share her pictures of the churches and sites which I'd not had time to visit - I was grateful for her pilgrimage. To each his or her own.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
I intend to walk the VDLP next year when I will be 67. My days of 30K days are behind me although I did walk one 30k last winter but that was in perfect conditions and at the end of my Camino. When I checked out Gronze I immediately thought I would take a taxi to the gates of the park and walk from there. There are some really long stretches on the VDLP and if I cant break them into two days I will be taking a taxi or a bus to make a day more manageable. There is no way I am going to risk my life to say I didn't "cheat". You did the right thing for sure.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
Not cheating IMHO, but I did the same thing. That's just a bit too long of a day (particularly with Calvary (appropriately named) hill at the end of the day. I would have been too tired to admire one of the best views on the VDLP.
 

Krista Rogman

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016), Camino Portugues (2017)
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
I really believe that there is no right way or wrong way to do the camino. Any way you do it will give you a different experience. My suggestion is to do what is right for you.
There are things you must do in order to get a certificate. If you don't care about a certificate then do it your way. I am 69 y/o and planning on doing my 4th camino. This time I am walking the Camino Ingles. I am planning on walking the entire 100 km. If weather conditions or my arthritis have other plans for me I will not beat myself up mentally if I end up taking a taxi or bus for part of the route.

Buen camino! Enjoy the experience. It is a special time being on the camino.
 

fb1

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017: frances, portugues
2018: shikoku henro
2019: norte, ingles, primitivo
2020: plata
i did the same thing with 2 other pilgrims a few days ago. walking 16km on the road with minimal shoulder and thick morning fog did not sound fun to me. we carried on to el real de la jara that day after a great shop for churros from the stand in almaden.

btw, it was 25euro for the 16km/15minute trip, and can take up to 4 people.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago, St Jean to Santuago, 2015
Camino Portuguese, 2018
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
Good for you! The path is there and does not judge how we use it. I followed the Camino at 82, and 84 and used the local buses several times. If your goal on the Camino is in any way broader than simply counting off miles on “the” path, a time or two on a local bus offers a glimpse of everyday life of the people who live along that path. Asking pardon from those to whom this seem like heresy.
 

Trishb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada to Santiago
Trishb - I'm 75 and serring out on the vdlp in two weeks - what's the taxi number, please? Peter
Sorry I don’t know, the proprietor of the hotel called her. She does it all the time and I am guessing there are quite a few more. BTW the park itself is glorious Buen Camino
 

Julio Rivera

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, Camino Inglés, Camino Portugués, Camino Primitivo, Camino del Norte, Camino Aragonés
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
I agree with other post writers: pilgrims from times past took all sorts of rides to lessen their pain. What was important for them was to get to Santiago safely and touch the relics of the saint.
 

Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
I do not wish to judge a person for their decision to skip a section, have luggage sent ahead, use an electric bicycle, or take other measures that enable them to participate in the Camino. I hope that I will be doing the same when I find that I need a little more assistance to continue enjoying the Camino. (As it is, I’m already doing the Camino assisted - by the people who established the albergues, painted the arrows, wrote the guides and so on).
 

O Peracha

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (2014)
Annapurna Base, Nepal (2014)
GR 5 - Holland to Pompey, France (2015)
Lisbon to Finesterre (2016)
Because you asked . . .

Yes, it is cheating. I skipped a road section by catching a bus on the Via Aurelia. I consider that year's camino as incomplete.
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
One cannot cheat on something that is not a test or competitive event.
Not to mention that nobody cares if another pilgrim shaves off a few km's by taking a taxi.
The only rule I have for myself when I walk the Camino is to never walk back, only go forward even if it means I spend the night in the woods. Fortunately I haven't yet had to test that rule, lol.
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
The only rule I have for myself when I walk the Camino is to never walk back, only go forward even if it means I spend the night in the woods. Fortunately I haven't yet had to test that rule, lol.
My own rule for myself is that I walk all the way from my starting point to my destination. If I skipped a section by taxi I would definitely feel like a cheat. But that would be because I had gone against my own intentions and not because I had broken someone else's "rules".
 

Donna Sch

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdLP-Sanabres-Fisterra (Summer 2015); Levante-Invierno (Feb/Mar 2019);
England Camino routes ?2024
Regardless of what anybody might think about this, I must confess I personally LOVE this 13.5 km stretch on tarmac, I have walked it 4 times, and will be looking forward to walking it again. It is not physically very demanding, and leaving Castilblanco at night and see every nuance and every color in the sunrise, listen to so many different birds, often the first cuckoos in the season... to me it is a beautiful part of the Camino. This said, the road is usually quiet, and I am not 73 year old and I do not fear the final slope at the end of the day so much, I just take it easy.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable walk for me!
I agree, it is one of the nicest road stretches especially first thing in summer.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
i did the same thing with 2 other pilgrims a few days ago. walking 16km on the road with minimal shoulder and thick morning fog did not sound fun to me. we carried on to el real de la jara that day after a great shop for churros from the stand in almaden.

btw, it was 25euro for the 16km/15minute trip, and can take up to 4 people.
Looking for pilgrims now to split the cost with me when I go!!!! :)
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Because you asked . . .

Yes, it is cheating. I skipped a road section by catching a bus on the Via Aurelia. I consider that year's camino as incomplete.
That is your issue and why you look at it as cheating is also for you to decide. I do not know your age or your physical condition. I had walked 4 caminos without cheating. This last camino I had to cheat to take a bus because the weather conditions were so bad and dangerous that the albergue owner was standing at the front door to tell us all before we thought of leaving. The police had announced that if anyone attempts to walk and gets into trouble going up the hill to Cruz de Ferro they would not attempt a rescue because of the conditions. Was that cheating. I could have stayed and waited but then I would have arrived in Santiago much later and lost a few days with my daughter who lives in England. By this time I know how to walk and I know that a 30k day plus a very steep hill at the end may put me in jeopardy. It is all things we all have to consider. If I was 55 instead of 67 when I will walk I would probably feel differently. Please do not worry or think that you cheated. At that moment it was the right thing to do. I have a wonderful friend who is a deeply religious Buddhist. When I was trying to reflect on past mistakes and trying to improve on myself and my relationships after my divorce she would call me every day. She would say what did you do for yourself today. On one particular day I did absolutely nothing, didn't even think about it and was kind of a jerk to people. I told her very frustrated that I did nothing today. I started to say more and she cut me off and said, you did nothing, that's perfect. Do not beat yourself up over nothing because nothing is all you could do today and that is perfect. Maybe tomorrow will be different and maybe not. Don't beat yourself up or even worry about cheating and the bus, the bus was all you could do that day. Buen Camino
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
I really dislike the whole idea of cheating. I think it's really very sad that folks have to even think this or feel this.

I've started taking small groups on 'taster' sessions on the camino frances. I've taken one group last year and I'm planning a couple more this year. Honestly I've been so disappointed by the response from other pilgrims. One of my group sent me a message asking me if she would be seen as less of a pilgrim because she is choosing to forward her pack and stay in private rooms... she has previously walked all of the Camino Frances with a pack but that was a few years ago and she's not so young these days. I felt so sad that she should even think this. She is genuinely walking for religious reasons and she feels like she's failed before she's even started.

I don't think you cheated. If other folks wish to judge you then my thinking is that they need to go walk a little more because their judgement says much more about them than it does you. :cool: ❤

I hope you enjoy the rest of your walk, I really loved the VdlP.

(ps of course I understand the rules of the last 100km... but you're a long long way from there)
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
I do not understand conversation on this forum where people try to identify cheating.

There is no cheating. Each individual walks, rides, taxis or buses the Camino in their own way.

I agree with you that the last hill was challenging.

Ultreya,
Joe
 
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ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
I walked all the way after a night of heavy rain and for me the worst was neither the road ( met only a few cars) nor the last hill, but the balancing with heavy backpack on steppingstones over the froading arroyos in the park. If somebody had offered me a lift I would gladly have accepted, without thinking of cheating. My worst experience ever on any camino.
 

Roger Hogstrom

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2001 and 2006, Via de la plata 2007,2010,2017,2019. CdM 3 times. Via Plata (2020)
I got an idea out of this conversation. I can make a pilgrimage with no walking just taxi. Expensive but I do not have to think about socks,shoes,blisters,aching knees, sweating and many more things. Wow :)
Ps Does anyone know the cost for taxi from Sevilla to Santiago Ds
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
I got an idea out of this conversation. I can make a pilgrimage with no walking just taxi. Expensive but I do not have to think about socks,shoes,blisters,aching knees, sweating and many more things. Wow :)
Ps Does anyone know the cost for taxi from Sevilla to Santiago Ds
Cheaper by bus, faster by train 😉
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I got an idea out of this conversation. I can make a pilgrimage with no walking just taxi. Expensive but I do not have to think about socks,shoes,blisters,aching knees, sweating and many more things. Wow :)
Ps Does anyone know the cost for taxi from Sevilla to Santiago Ds
If that is your choice then why not? By the nature of this forum we tend to get fixated on the notion that "pilgrimage" can only mean travel on foot (or by bike or by horse). That idea is something that is fairly recent and mostly specific to Santiago. In most other pilgrim destinations around the world people arrive by bus, train, plane, boat and perhaps even taxi and still regard themselves as pilgrims.
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I think the difficulty lies in using the same word, Camino, to mean different things. Yes, everyone walks their own camino, but it can get frustrating when an integral part of one person's definition is absent from another's.

So one person's experience who walks the whole way and carries their own stuff, may have very little in common with a person who takes a taxi now and then, stays in hotels, and has their stuff transported for them. I just wish there were different, respectful and honored terms.
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I think the difficulty lies in using the same word, Camino, to mean different things. Yes, everyone walks their own camino, but it can get frustrating when an integral part of one person's definition is absent from another's.
I just had a look at the figures. As of a few seconds ago there were 87,577 members of the forum and 1,200+ of those were actually logged in. Given those sort of numbers how likely is it that anything I say or do will please all of the people all of the time? :cool: I think the best we can hope for is that people think before they speak or act and then do so in good conscience. And if they choose to speak out here on the forum that they do so in a polite and reasoned way. Unanimity might be lovely but I will settle for ordinary respect.
 
Because you asked . . .

Yes, it is cheating. I skipped a road section by catching a bus on the Via Aurelia. I consider that year's camino as incomplete.
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Because you asked . . .

Yes, it is cheating. I skipped a road section by catching a bus on the Via Aurelia. I consider that year's camino as incomplete.
Of course it is not cheating. Changing your plans as you go along is just part of hiking. There is nothing to say you have to walk every inch of the Camino. What about the 15% of pilgrims who complete the camino by bicycle. I suppose they are all cheating as well?
Who designated you the "Cheat Police"?
 
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
Greetings from the VdlP. Of course it’s entirely up to each individual but I strongly recommend taking a taxi to skip the first 16.5 Kms from Castilblanco. Ok I am a 73 yrs old woman but I am certain if I had walked that road I would not have made it as far as this bar in Almaden! The road is quite busy and today is glorious weather so feels hot. I loved the walk through the park Berrocal but the ascent at the end was tough. Those of you have done this (plus road) can call me a wimp but that’s fine.
I did the same on a (very) rainy day. Very glad I did.
 

Alan Pearce

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones 2008, del Norte 2009, VdlP 2011, Ingles 2014, Camino de Madri 2015, Frances 2017
On the caminos I have travelled, I have not taken any transport to shorten the journey, and I have been able to carry my back pack with me. Some people who have not done a camino in the same fashion automatically assume that I will be critical of what they have done. I am not. I do wish these people would stop being so defensive, and allow all of us to walk the camino in friendship and harmony, free from judgement.

Be brave. Life is joyous.

Alan
 

Paddy Brock

Paddy J Brock Ireland
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014, Camino Frances / Plus Finisterre 2015, Camino Portugese 2016 and Via de la plata April 2017 in planning
Hi , im considering starting Via de al Plata early April and enquiring if any other pilgrims are planning to go at that time , Have completed 2 Frances , 2 Portugese and Salamanca to Santiago . while i enjoy my own company a little frienship and help along the way when needed is a great consolation , Paddy from Dublin Ireland
 

Dromengro

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP - Leon 1984
Frances (2020)
On the caminos I have travelled, I have not taken any transport to shorten the journey.
In '84 I was accused of cheating before I'd even started by the woman who ran the pilgrim office, in SJPDP because I hadn't arrived there on foot from my home, and she denied me a credential. So by her rules almost everyone today are cheats.
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
In '84 I was accused of cheating before I'd even started by the woman who ran the pilgrim office, in SJPDP because I hadn't arrived there on foot from my home, and she denied me a credential. So by her rules almost everyone today are cheats.
That wasn't one of the reasons she gave for refusing me one. But her list was quite long enough anyway :cool:
 

longwayhome

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJpdP to Santiago ( Sept-Oct 2018)
To me cheating means deliberately flaunting a rule set by yourself or someone else. Are there rules? Who set them? Or are these rather, just personal expectations of yourself that might need a little adjustment . Cheating is very different from choosing to go a little easier here and there on account of physiological constraints :)
 

Lindsay53

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April / May 19
Speaking of rules, can I 'reuse' a credential if there is still space in it? I am starting the CP next month and it looks like I will have some spare time on completion, so I'm thinking of heading up to Ferrol to walk the Camino Ingles as well so rather than start a new credential I'm wondering if I can use the old one.
 

Silencio Por Favor

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ingles 2018
In 2020 Camino Olympics pilgrim X was disqualified for using painkillers, pilgrim Y for excessive luggage forwarding, etc. Sorry not taking this seriously??
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
Hi , im considering starting Via de al Plata early April and enquiring if any other pilgrims are planning to go at that time , Have completed 2 Frances , 2 Portugese and Salamanca to Santiago . while i enjoy my own company a little frienship and help along the way when needed is a great consolation , Paddy from Dublin Ireland
Hi Paddy.
This thread is titled "was this cheating", which doesn't really apply. You might want to post about your plans on this thread, and look at it to see when other forum members expect to be walking.
 

Bradypus

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Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Speaking of rules, can I 'reuse' a credential if there is still space in it? I am starting the CP next month and it looks like I will have some spare time on completion, so I'm thinking of heading up to Ferrol to walk the Camino Ingles as well so rather than start a new credential I'm wondering if I can use the old one.
If the credencial has been stamped by the pilgrim office at the end of your CP walk it is officially "closed" and cannot be used for a further Camino. If you do not visit the pilgrim office until after you have walked both Caminos that should not be an issue.
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
Speaking of rules, can I 'reuse' a credential if there is still space in it? I am starting the CP next month and it looks like I will have some spare time on completion, so I'm thinking of heading up to Ferrol to walk the Camino Ingles as well so rather than start a new credential I'm wondering if I can use the old one.
Hi Lindsay
When you finish the CP in Santiago.. will you go to the pilgrim office to claim your Compostela for your camino Portuguese?
If yes.,
I would suggest you buy a fresh credencial there ; (when you are being served at the pilgrim office )..
You can buy more than one if you like.
The few euros they will cost each is worth it to have a fresh credencial and much less confusing for the office staff, when you end up back at the pilgrim office claiming your next Compostela for the Inglés.

Buen camino
Annie
 

Lindsay53

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April / May 19
Thanks Bradypus and OzAnnie. The Ingles after the Portugues is only a vague idea at the moment but one I'm liking more and more.
 
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