Pleasant day. 12 miles. About 1000 feet of climbing, but it was gradual.
Umich IT folks… I walked for about an hour with a couple friends. I was surprised to learn one used to work for PeopleSoft higher education group years ago before the Oracle acquisition. We never crossed paths before, I think, but we had some common people we knew.
Bill, is there something you packed that turned out to not be needed? Have you seen something that other hikers have that you wish you had thought to bring?
The only two things I haven’t used are some medicine and my sleeping bag. Glad I haven’t needed the medicine! As for the sleeping bag, I ended up in slightly nicer places than I expected and they all have adequate bedding. The sleeping bag is too expensive to dump, so I’m still carrying it. It weighs 17 ounces, so it’s not a major issue.
As for needing something… everything I need I can buy in the bigger towns. I’ve bought gloves, a fleece jacket, some socks and foot-care products. I know friends who have bought shoes, which is risky since they didn’t train in them.
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“prendas de animales” would be animal/pet clothing or blankets 😉
Beautiful scenery now that the slog through the meseta is over!
Well, that makes more sense! I was feeling bad for Fido!
Bill how are you finding the air? At times while we were on our trip to Spain and Portugal it was really smoggy. We also saw parts of the Camino that runs through Portugal.
It’s been clear. There were fires in this region a couple of months ago but nothing now. “The Camino Portuguese” runs from Lisbon to Santiago. People love that route but it doesn’t intersect with the one we’re on. Hope your trip was great!
Were you required to learn Spanish and French for this trip?
Hey Bill, How many languages are spoken across the Camino and are you fluent as pertinent?
I only speak English so learning a language is not necessary but helpful.
In France, most people speak a smattering of English but are not conversational. You can get by but won’t have a lot of long conversations.
In Spain, English is ubiquitous. Many pilgrims are fluent in English. Some local business folks may not speak English but you can get by pointing and using Google translate.
🙂 How fun that you ran into a PSoft/Oracle rep! That’s one of the things that I love about traveling and meeting folks is also seeing how small of a world we really do live in.
I love your cathedral pictures. I was drawn to cathedrals (and taking pictures) all over Europe. Each one had such a different personality? Do you find something similar, or are the Spanish ones more like each other?
I’m not an expert so the look a lot a like. Although certain regions were more ornate.