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Peter Shaw
City: Rancho Palos Verdes
State: Ca
Country: US
Begins: Apr 25, 2015
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Apr 15th, 2015

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 626
Journal Visits: 8,188
Guestbook Views: 349
Guestbook Entrys: 15

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Preparations

I got a little lazy with preparation for this trip – I bought two guide books. One is for the Camino de Frances and the other for the Camino Portugues. They have maps with all the information one could possibly need. Distances between towns are clearly shown along with water sources on the way. All of the accommodation options are shown and there is a short history of each town or village to help with the tourism part of the trek. These will be good reading on the long plane ride over to France.

Unlike my other trips, I’ve not had to worry about supplies. No parcels of food to pick up on the way – just eat in restaurants every day and pick up a few snacks in each town. This makes for a really light pack. But, I’m still taking my gps and I’ve downloaded tracks just in case. The Camino is very well marked so I’m told that even maps aren’t really needed. The signage is all in one direction going towards Santiago de Compostela so the maps and gps might come in useful on the Camino Portugues when I’m going the opposite direction. I’m taking the gps so that I can still send Spot messages every day. That way, you can all click on the "last SPOT location" link that will show up on the right and you'll be able to see my “breadcrumb” progress after Postholer receives my first SPOT location.

I did buy a new backpack as I had pretty much destroyed my old one through overuse. I was so happy with that last one from ZPacks that I bought their newer version. It’s actually a little bigger in volume and now it’s a whopping 16 ozs. I’m also going to take my tent as an extra degree of freedom. I’m thinking I might get the occasional urge to sleep outdoors away from the madding crowd. For the extra 12 ozs (another ZPacks marvel of “ultralightness”), that seemed like a good option. When I get to France I will stop into a sports store and buy another set of hiking poles and some lightweight tent stakes. I plan to carry my pack onto the airplane and I can’t take these two items through airport security and I don’t want to mess with the baggage system possibly losing a small package or shredding my gear.

I think I will have phone connectivity in most places to send out my journal entries almost every day so hopefully it will be a little more regular of an update than previous trips. I’ll put in as many pictures as I think will be of interest up to the five per day maximum. I’ll use my cell phone again for the journal and camera. As long as I can find wifi, I’ll have messaging through Viber and telephone through Skype. Should there be an emergency, then I’ve still got the Spot SOS capability. That way I can avoid the outrageous international rates that US carriers gouge us with when we are overseas and I refuse to pay them purely on principal.

I think I’m pretty much ready so all I’ve got to do now is finish my big project at home and get the garden in shape before I leave.



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Camino De Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.

 

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