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Thanks for dropping by the Trepidatious Traveller blog which is set out in three sections –

Camino blogs
Click on Camino Frances for daily reports from the Camino de Santiago (Frances route), 500+ miles across northern Spain from the Pyrenees through Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre – which I walked with my daughter in April/May 2013

In 2014 I walked the Camino Portuguese. I set off from Lisbon in May and travelled north through Portugal, across the Spanish border and on to Santiago de Compostela (670 km’s). The daily posts are full of photos and useful information for future pilgrims.

2015 sees me walking the Camino Mozárabe from Málaga, commencing 8 April – some 1,200 km to Santiago de Compostela. I am not sure whether I will walk it in one go, or split it into two stages – watch this space!

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Click A view of life to read about the joys and quirks of living in an Andalucian mountain village
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Click on Asia
to read about my adventures with Ella (my eldest daughter) in Bangkok, Sri Lanka and India in July 2012 (a work in progress!)
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33 Responses to Trepidatious traveller

  1. Gaye Miles says:

    Hello from New Zealand – have you typed in 2014 and meant 2013 ?
    Amazing journeys, well done – I’m hoping
    to begin my Camino in mid April this year – happy future travels
    Gaye

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    • magwood says:

      Thanks Gaye, yes typo – thanks for pointing it out. Mid April is a good time to walk, but will be busy over Easter – apparently a lot of spanish walk at that time. I’m sure you will have an amazing experience. Buen camino!

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  2. Shari says:

    Thank you for sharing your Camino experience with us! I walked the Norte/Primitivo last summer and am hoping to walk part of the Portugues from Porto to Santiago this summer. Have you found a good source for information on this camino? Any information you can share is much appreciated! Buen Camino! Shari

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Shari
      Thanks for visiting my blog. I shall be writing a daily post when I start the Portuguese route on 1 May, so sign up to follow if you want to receive the updates.

      I get most of my information and inspiration from a couple of camino forums. The most lively and supportive is here – http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/forums/camino-portugues.13/

      Also this forum has lots of useful information – http://www.caminoforums.com/camino-portugues/

      And also see here for an organisation dedicated to the Portuguese route, including a 24 hour emergency help contact number – http://www.vialusitana.org

      You can search the forums for blogs – I enjoyed the writing here, although it ends a bit abruptly – but a realistic view from someone who, like me, walked the Frances last year – http://followtheyellowarrows.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/camino-portuguese-getting-there-and-day.html

      Enjoy your planning – I have been out shopping for new walking pants today!

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      • Cam says:

        Maggie,
        Just lost my posting to your blog, blast…
        Anyhow, THANK GODDNESS Your posts made it on-line. I read and enjoyed everyone of them.
        Congrats to You and Ella for making it ALL THE WAY !! Your Parents, I’m sure are Proud of you !
        Buen Camino! or should it be Buen CaminoS! to you !!
        Cam

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      • magwood says:

        Thanks Cam, for your very kind comment. I am now gearing up for my second camino on the Portuguese route, from Lisbon, walking solo this time, although I have just learned that Ella might join me for a portion of the route, which is a lovely surprise. Are you planning a camino or have you already walked one?

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  3. retha says:

    i’v walked the camino from St Jean to Santiago solo in 2012 and plan on walking from porto to santiago in July 2014 will be foloowing your blog!

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Retha, thanks for your comment. I have just returned from a lovely walk in the spanish sunshine in the mountains. I shall have to start training more seriously now though, as I needed a snooze after just 13km – must do better!

      I should reach Porto by mid-May and I may be joined by my daughter for this stage of the camino, which will be lovely.
      Buen camino!

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      • I’ll be in Porto by mid May. I start in Lisbon on May 6. I would like to start the day I arrive and need a hostel close to Lisbon for the first night. I want to get away from the asphalt. Hope to see you and your daughter. I’ll have a Canadian flag on my green back back.

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      • magwood says:

        Hi Pauline, my daughter has decided that she won’t be able to take the time to meet me in Porto, so it will be all the way solo. It would be great if we bumped into eachother – the timescale should be about right. Maybe we should keep in touch!

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  4. Aileen says:

    Hello I enjoy your blog and I see that you have done the camino! I was wondering did you find any good walking pants, that seems to be my struggle I am leaving April 30th , I am so nervous excited.

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Aileen, I know that feeling well (nervous and excited)! I found the most important thing about hiking pants is the placement of the pockets. I found the most useful pockets to be on the side of the leg, between knee and thigh. They are easy and comfortable to reach, and I kept things like tissues (I had a constant runny nose all through my camino), sunglasses, rubber tips for my walking poles, etc. With no experience last year, I was really lucky to buy one pair with this placement, but the other pair with just pockets below the waist did not get worn very much.

      This year I have purchased two new pairs, which are very lightweight (282g and 254g) and quick drying, and both have the requisite side pockets. The make is ‘Ex-Officio’ and I was lucky enough to buy them in an outlet store for £29 each (I think the original price was around £60). I also bought one of their vented shirts for something like £12. It is all very well made. I found them in a store called ‘Orvis’ which also sells Barbour gear – the first pair in store (they only had one pair) and the second over the telephone. The make seems more readily available in the USA.

      I wish you and very happy and blister-free camino.

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  5. Tatiana says:

    Hi Maggie,
    I enjoyed reading your Camino blog, day after day. My girlfriend and I will start from Porto on April 22nd. Do you recommend to bring a lot of warm clothes? You mentioned quite often that mornings were cold and windy.

    Thanks again for conveying your experiences and some good laughs. Your pictures are great too.

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Tatiana, thanks for your comment. There were definitely some cold days and I was glad to have some gloves, and warm base layers that can double as sleep wear on cold nights. It is entirely ‘luck of the draw’ with the weather at this time of year, but I would say it is fairly certain that you will encounter some rain as you travel north. Buen camino!

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  6. Aul says:

    Awesome! I’ve always wanted to go on the Camino de Santiago. Did you go on it for religious reasons, if I may ask?
    Aul
    By the way, feel free to check out my blog at http://montairyus23.wordpress.com/
    I’m writing a novel and want to get the word out. Thanks!

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  7. Leona says:

    Hi, Maggie, Love your blog, love that you travel! This is the annual Frontier Days celebration in Cheyenne, maybe one year you can visit–http://www.cfdrodeo.com/.Other than being a local, I have no other connection to the event, but it is a fun time for locals and visitors. Hope your summer is going well. Leona

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Leona, thanks for your kind words. The rodeo looks great fun. I love events where so many locals get involved, which is why I love the attitude of the spanish down here in Andalucia – everyone joins in the fun – all ages, all walks of life. Right now it’s ‘feria’ season, all the local villages take it in turns to host a huge party for the weekend, where the fun starts late at night and continues until 7am.

      And then on 15 August each year the village of Cómpeta holds its annual ‘noche del vino’ – night of the wine – to celebrate the grape harvest. Read about it in my post http://wp.me/p3azEo-pd

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  8. Karen Kott says:

    Hi, Maggie,

    Got your blog in a round about manner, researching packing, etc. My two friends and I are planning to do the Camino de Santiago, starting in Roncesvalles in Mid September, 2015. So, we are researching, purchasing and training! I loved your post Camino thoughts about your gear! I believe yours is definitely the most creative assessment I have yet read! Also, interested about your riding! I currently have an Andalusion, and many years ago spent several days at the Escuela de Alcainca in Portugal, riding the Andalusian Stallions! What an Awesome experience, which left me with an interest to someday visit Spain…….and suddenly the Camino experience was presented by a friend! Round about way of saying I really enjoy your postings, and will now begin reading your blog! Best Wishes with your current travels!

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Karen, and thanks for your lovely comment. You should look at visiting my area for a riding holiday. There are two stables here in Cómpeta. One is my neighbour ‘Caballos del Mosquîn’ and the other one is run by my farrier’s family ‘Los Oliveros’ which offers a very comfortable and friendly stay.

      Keep in touch!

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  9. Leslie says:

    Maggie – I have read and reread your travels on the Camino France’s over the past year. I especially enjoyed the pictures along the way and your creative ways of modifying your clothing and gear to fit your needs (such as creating a rain cape for your backpack and removable sleeves). I,too, sew and modify anything that doesn’t fit. Anyway, my sister an I will finally start our Camino France’s I the middle of April 2015. Thank you for writing your blog.

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Leslie, many thanks for your comment and I am glad you have found the blog useful. Mid April is a great time to walk, not too busy and not too hot (but possibly cold and wet which I would prefer to high temperatures).
      Good to hear from a fellow adapter. I would love to know if you make any adjustments to your gear. Do keep in touch and buen camino to you and your sister.

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    • magwood says:

      Hello Gamino. I visited Sri Lanka in 2012 with my daughter. I absolutely loved the experience. At the moment there is a Sri Lankan advertising campaign on UK tv and whenever it comes on I have to stop whatever I am doing and enjoy the scenery and the fond memories. I found the Sri Lankan people very kind and your country is beautiful. I would love to visit again. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  10. Tassie Kaz says:

    Hi Maggie, A big ‘thank you’ for sharing all your walking experiences. I too am a solo female walker (from Tasmania, Australia) &, like you, a CRO (Camino Repeat Offender). I did the Camino Frances in 2012 & am heading off on the Caminho Portugues (Lisbon to Santiago then on to Finisterre) in less than 8 weeks time…yikes! The Mozarabe & Via de la Plata are also on my list The additional information you share is very helpful…guidebooks only go so far & it is the ‘little things’ we all want & need to know. I trusted your analysis & sourced the same sleeping bag you used. I have one gear question if I may… the vest with zip-off sleeves…where did you find that? I’ve searched the web (admittedly only Aussie sites) & have only managed to find a hi-viz workwear type that looks quite bulky. Good luck with the preparation for your next challenge…this long distance walking thing really does get in your blood doesn’t it! Best wishes.

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    • magwood says:

      Hi Kaz, thanks so much for your comment. I’m glad you have found the blog useful and I hope you are happy with your sleeping bag. The zip off jacket was sourced from a golf retailer. I have just checked the website and there is only one left like mine, size 16. I’ve just checked mine and it is size large so probably is a 16. Before I purchased I wanted more info about the product and phoned the contact number. The woman that I spoke to couldn’t have more helpful, she even tried it on for me so that she could give advice on the fit. I have worn it a lot both on camino and walking at home. They happily posted out to me in spain (and even included a free gift). There is a new version on the website now, so take a look. And if you are unsure, give them a ring and hopefully they will be equally helpful to you.
      https://www.lovegolfclothes.co.uk/products/ladies-golf-jackets
      Bom caminho. Let me know how you enjoy the CP.

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      • Tassie Kaz says:

        Thanks Maggie…I have now found one in the Southern Hemisphere (for all your Antipodean readers, the company is Ridgeline & the jacket model is Montana).
        In the past I have used legwarmers on either my arms or legs…easily put on & taken off, lightweight & cheap to buy. Isn’t it wonderful all the little gems of experience we pick up on the way? Once again thanks for sharing. I admire you putting yourself ‘out there’….writing in a public forum leaves you open to the full spectrum of responses. Enjoy the preparation & anticipation of your next adventure..the Camino Mozarabe. We will all look forward to reading about it! Most of all I’m really glad you have to put rest your earlier fears of walking solo…we are strong women & we can do anything! Take care & happy trails.

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  11. J Marshall says:

    I have followed your writing since you were on the Camino Portugues last year and enjoyed what you wrote and the photos. You mentioned the distances being different from different GPS devices. Did you receive enough comments about GPS and GPS-A to clarify the different distances? Also you asked, in an earlier post, about photography lessons – . Photography is the easiest art form to start (just get a camera, point it and press a button) and the hardest to become really proficient. – So why not? This isn’t a criticism of your photos or your ability or ‘eye’, please keep taking and posting them.

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    • magwood says:

      I did pose a question about GPS on a pilgrim forum and got some useful replies, but none that solved my problem. I have not heard of GPS -A. I shall have to google it. Any enlightenment you can provide will be gratefully received. Thanks for your comments about photos – I will probably just keep doing what I have been doing – seeing something interesting, pointing and shooting!

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      • J Marshall says:

        Sorry for the late reply, I was reading your blogs elsewhere and didn’t see your question.
        Not being a engineer this maybe somewhat off base, but I think this is pretty close.

        GPS takes the signal from satellites. GPS-A uses the signals from cell towers to triangulate and provide a location. Most devices, if they can, will combine the two and provide location information back to who ever wants it (you, Google, other apps etc) IF you have Cellular service turned on. You have to have 3G or a 4G receiver in your phone turned on to use GPS-A.

        My Nokia phone is GPS only (the data service is turned off – just using voice and text).

        My Nexus 7-2013 tablet has both a GPS receiver and LTE 4G. Sometimes I use the Nexus with GPS only and other times with the LTE 4G turned on thereby giving me GPS-A.

        NONE of distances using the devices match (Nokia phone, Nexus with cellular and Nexus without cellular) and the difference can be up to 10%. All three mediums will show an accurate map – but will track differences in distance.

        Regarding photography, Lynda.com has some nice lessons. It might be worth it for a month. I might be able to help if you want to give it a try.

        A request – when you are out photographing, would you occasionally include an interesting face. Maybe an older person with a wise look, or a child, a confident bartender, a hospitaleo (sp) from an auberge, anyone!. Just a request, not a criticism!

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      • J Marshall says:

        To make this GPS issue clearer- I just got an IPAD Air and the GPS listing is for Assisted GPS and GLONASS. Checking on GLONASS, Google says it is the Russian GPS system.

        So that makes three different systems –
        GPS-A (or A-GPS) which triangulates from cell towers
        GPS from the US government
        and GLONASS from Russia.

        Android uses GPS and/or GPS-A
        Apple uses GLONASS and/or GPS-A

        I assume my Nokia C6-00 uses GPS due to its age. There is no active GPS-A on this device since I turn off the Cellular data function.

        With three systems, it is no wonder the distances don’t match.

        To be even more complex, the GPS only function on the Nexus and Nokia give different distances.

        But, I suppose if one system is used consistently, it should be ok for comparison.

        My GPS-A is turned off to prevent battery drain, data usage, and location tracking. It can always be turned on if necessary. Both the Android Nexus 7 and the Nokia work fine without GPS-A. Don’t know about Apple yet.

        Enough on this subject! And looking forward to more of your posts..

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  12. gerry carroll says:

    ah found you Maggie thanks a lot. gona have a good look at all your info now as on couch watching end of Tour de France for afternoon. even your idea of bright coloured sleeping gear. classic idea.

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