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A Short Story – Why it started to fall apart on the Camino Frances (and a question)

We were full of excitement on that first day out of St Jean. It was our first time and so everything was new and just amazing. The landscape, the other Pilgrims, and oh, did I mention the landscape!Reg, Len and I were having the time of our lives. We felt like Hobbits starting an adventure!Though Len started to struggle a bit on that really steep stretch up to Hunto (Achilles Tendonitis) but some additional heel wedges helped a lot. In fact, we three were rather ‘walking wounded’ due to age, lack of exercise, being a bit (a lot) overweight, and carrying a few training injuries.You know what they say “Don’t walk your Camino before your Camino”. Well we had it seems…That first day set the tone though. In a good way. “Set the pace to the slowest man” That has been drummed into me in the Army and later in life through amazing team management books like Eli Goldratt’s The Goal, in which, Goldratt gives the example of the scout troop on a hike.The goal of Alex Rogo the Scout Leader, was to get the troop to the campground in some reasonable amount of time while keeping the group close enough together to maintain adult supervision.The constraint was identified as Herbie, the slowest moving boy in the troop. He was easily identified by the queue of boys behind him and the growing space between Herbie and the boys in front of him.We didn’t have this problem though. Our slowest member was Len, and we walked at Len’s pace.Of course there were minor irritations at times, as all three of us would want to stop at different times, to adjust boots and socks, tend to sore spots, merely take rest or to take on food and water.Thankfully we all three were in 100% agreement on water!We found through painful experience, that not enough water, and even mild dehydration would increase joint and foot pain. This was generally managed by making sure we were drinking enough and by careful use of pain killers and anti inflammatories.A doctor had given us specific advice on what to take and when. And it was working fine.Don’t think that we were being overly cautious. Len...

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Video Part 1 – The Beginning from Saint Jean

Video Part 1 – The Beginning from Saint Jean

Rob The Traveller

Camino Video – Part 1 These short video compilations are edited from about 400 short video clips I took over 40 days.  There is a more comprehensive 37 minute version here:  https://robscamino.com/2015/robs-journey/   My Camino – The Beginning 3 min 43 secs This is Part 1 of 7 videos summarising Rob’s Camino...

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5th of June – One More Day to Go | Arzua to A Rúa

5th of June – One More Day to Go | Arzua to A Rúa

Rob The Traveller

I set out this morning from Arzua at about 7:45 and the day is very overcast and damp. Forecast is for rain this afternoon. But hopefully, I can reach my destination Rua before the rain starts. The path is now really quite full with pilgrims as even more seem to have joined this section. I even had to step aside for a group of 20 Italian cyclists cheering as they sped down the hill behind us.

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25th of May – En Route to Foncebadón

25th of May – En Route to Foncebadón

Rob The Traveller

Heading towards Foncebadon and the Cruz de Ferro I’m excited about this day and tomorrow. Tonight I climb the hills up to Foncebadon, above Rabanal.  So that early tomorrow I can reach the Cruz de Ferro soon after dawn…   Departing Astorga   Santa Catalina   Close to Rabanal   Deserted Trail   Fixing Feet   So far so good   Getting tougher   Reflecting on the...

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24th of May – Journey to Astorga

24th of May – Journey to Astorga

Rob The Traveller

The Walk to Astorga This was a great day.  A very pleasant walk in beautiful weather and some very special people along the way.   Leaving Órbigo   Choice of Routes   Coffee Stop   Pilgrim Water   Chatting with Martin   Speedie Martin   Rolling Hills   Church break   Farms   Glorious...

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