As and when I have time I will answer the questions that have been asked in the comments section. I will do this via a post as it might be useful to others who wouldn’t otherwise see it.
I’ve been asked about which GPS system I’m using.
The answer is Wikiloc. You can record your trail and/or download other people’s trails. I have compared the results to a dedicated GPS system and they were the same. I have found that different GPS apps vary in distance recorded by between 5 and 10 percent. I decided upon wikiloc because it recorded a shorter distance than some others I have used and I don’t want to exaggerate stage lengths on this blog.
I have put my poor old camera to rest although it struggled on for 18 months after a serious drop caused the case to buckle and demolished the viewfinder. I have stuck with the same range, but not opted for the latest version because of price.
I have gone for the Panasonic LUMIX DCM-TZ60 (there is now a 70 and an 80, but they didn’t offer sufficient additional features to justify the hike in price). The TZ60 cost me £195, it weight 258 grams which is a bit more than my last one.
This range of cameras seems to have an issue with getting dust on the sensor. A camera repair man told me that all cameras with an extending lens will be prone to this, because when the lens extends a vacuum is formed and dust or pollen can get sucked inside. I have checked this out online and it does seem to be a problem more related to the lumix range as far as I can see. But I like the camera (my third Lumix). So I purchased this one from the store John Lewis who give an excellent extension of guarantee to three years and include accidental damage cover for £30 – just ten pounds per year. So if I have a problem with dust under the lens I will just take it back and get it sorted out under the guarantee cover. An excellent deal as far as I am concerned.
I use Pacerpoles which are only available direct from the producers in Scotland. I find them incredibly comfortable. Look them up online to find out more.
There is a story about the boots that didn’t come on the Camino (see here). In the end they gave me pain and got left behind, and the original new boots that I bought for this journey came instead. Ecco again, but Xpedition model.