Category Archives: Camino assessments and reflections

Walking the camino as a vegan

I first started eating a plant-based diet at the beginning of 2017, but wasn’t sufficiently committed to keep it up on my camino last year.  However, as soon as I returned home I jumped in 100% and haven’t wavered since. … Continue reading

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Stage 11 – Peñaflor de Hornija to Medina de Rioseco, 25.6 km

Another day of long, straight, flat, sandy, gravelly tracks. Accompanied by the brightest blue sky I have ever seen, chilly to start but soon warming and becoming quite hot as the day progressed. At one point we saw ahead of … Continue reading

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Review of clothes and gear (II)

Part two of my ongoing missive reporting on items taken on my Camino del Norte in April/May 2016 part (I) on clothes can be seen here part (II) on gear and equipment appears below part (III) on technology will be … Continue reading

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Review of clothes and gear (I)

Here is the first part of my long overdue gear report.  I will divide it into three parts clothes (herewith) gear and equipment (see here) technology (to follow in separate post) My last such review was in 2014 and  I … Continue reading

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Local trio join forces for fundraising ‘triathlon’

Actually each of us independently organised our own event, but it just happened that they culminated at the same time…and I couldn’t resist the headline! As you will know, I have recently completed my latest camino walk and whilst I … Continue reading

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Happy feet

Only eight weeks until my next camino and my head is whirling with all sorts of planning strategies. The most important piece of equipment I shall be taking with me are my feet and I thought I would share my … Continue reading

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Journey’s end

And so I have really come to the end of this journey. There have been so many highlights, so many people I will remember and not very many that I want to forget. Firstly there was George – we spent … Continue reading

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Camino Mozárabe (Via de la Plata) – day 28 – Calzada de Béjar to Fuenterroble 22.1 km

Last night’s communal dinner was good and cost 9€. Vegetable soup to start. Then came some bowls of salad and a plate of grilled pork loin. My first thought was that the meat was a bit mean to go around … Continue reading

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The making of the super-duper Maggie shoulder cape

I wrote the post below eighteen months ago (February 2015, but didn’t publish it at the time because I hoped to develop the idea commercially. I had extended discussions with an equipment manufacturer, but the project didn’t ultimately come to … Continue reading

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2014 packing list for Camino Portuguese

I updated my packing list and review following my 2016 Camino del Norte which can be seen here …meanwhile here is the list  and review from my 2014 Camino Portuguese See my full packing list on excel spread sheet packing … Continue reading

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Assessment of clothes and walking gear 2014

I updated my packing list and review following my 2016 Camino del Norte which can be seen here Meanwhile, here is my original post from 2014… Firstly, apologies for the very long and detailed assessment below. I have been asked … Continue reading

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Day 23, Rubiães to Tui, 22 km

24 May 2014 Total distance walked 540.5 km Average daily distance 23.50 km I’m quite afronted as I write this, but I shall explain why later. I slept a very comfortable night at albergue Ninho in Rubiães. I felt a … Continue reading

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Post camino assessment and reflections

So, I have at last got around to writing the final assessment of my camino, completed some ten weeks ago. I dont know why it has taken me so long to put fingers to keyboard. May be some deep psychological … Continue reading

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To be a Pilgrim

Isn’t is strange. I was brought up in a home without religion. I have never been inside a church with either of my parents. And yet I love hymns. I just looked up the words of the hymn ‘To be … Continue reading

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Assessment of clothes and gear

This post is an assessment of the items that I took on my 2013 camino from the point of view of a trekking novice. I have since gained a little experience and have posted an assessment of the items I … Continue reading

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