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Program #3601RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Dorothy Betts Oct 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I wore La Sportiva light Eco hiking boots and they were very comfortable. No blisters. However, I think the secret is in the socks. I wore Smartwool socks and had no foot problems. Also, waterproof boots are a necessity. The Camino in September was awesome - in every sense of the word!

Charles Ruth Sep 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Boot/shoe recommendations for the Camino? Thanks for the help.

Anne Gaither Sep 28, 2014 at 07:59 AM

I wore Keen hiking shoes from REI, basically just running shoes with great tread, and was very comfortable. There was not much off-trail, so a good fit and either waterproof or treated non waterproof uppers.

Lois Feeley Sep 25, 2014 at 02:01 PM

To all who will be leaving shortly, enjoy your trip. I wish I were with you (feet are slowly healing) and would love to have some feedback about the trip. Have a wonderful Camino.
JoAnn Wootten Sep 25, 2014 at 02:43 PM

I will write when we return. Hope your healing continues.

JoAnn Wootten Sep 25, 2014 at 01:38 PM

Estamos listos ir? (Please note: my Spanish lessons were on CDs with no written text so spelling may be incorrect or it is possible I misunderstood them! Next week this time we will have already had our first hike. See you in Madrid.

Francie Hill Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM

So Dorothy and her walking pal, Richard and Judy are going with Allan and me on 9-9 through 9-22. Anyone else?
Dorothy Betts Aug 23, 2014 at 03:17 PM

Hello Francie, My walking pal's name is Kirsten. It was her neighbours who did this walk last year and recommended it to us. Counting the days!
Francie Hill Sep 08, 2014 at 06:29 PM

Dorothy Betts Sep 09, 2014 at 04:03 PM

See you tomorrow. We plan to be at the airport by 8:30, if as we are told that it is only a half hour ride from our hotel near the Palace. Dorothy

Francie Hill Aug 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Getting close to the trip.; Am reading a lot about the history and so excited about seeing it. I am a retired non profit worker, "retired" 12 years ago from NM Catholic Charities to direct my family foundation (arboretum) and just this week finalized giving it as a gift to our local junior college. Great fun to see the excitement when this was done and now ready for more travel. Live in small Iowa town, my husband and I are associates of the Sisters of St. Francis so the order is excited about our trip. We will be flying out of Chicago on the 9th and believe RS told us there were others to be at OHare. Such a short time to learn more espanol, walk more and read more. Francie Hill
Barbara Slayter Aug 23, 2014 at 08:31 AM

Hello Francie, What a wonderful gift to make to the junior college in your area. They must be thrilled, and I should think you would be jubilant with this disposition of such an important part of your family's life. Three in our cluster of five participants are meeting at Logan Airport in Boston for the flight. The other two are traveling other places first and meeting at the airport. Any specific books to recommend? Barbara

JoAnn Wootten Aug 22, 2014 at 08:13 PM

Hello again Barbara, forgot to say that I lived in Boston, well actually Arlington, in 1963. Also worked in Gloucester one summer when I was in college. Many fond memories of the area.
Barbara Slayter Aug 23, 2014 at 08:27 AM

Were you a student in the Boston area? It is a wonderful part of the country. I grew up in Washington DC but have lived here much of my adult life. My home is in Lincoln which is adjacent to Concord as you probably know. Barbara
JoAnn Wootten Aug 26, 2014 at 03:42 PM

No, I wasn't a student in Boston. I worked there after I graduated from Duke. Just for a short time.

Barbara Slayter Aug 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Greetings to those who have posted information and queries on this Discussion Board. I shall be on the September 29 - October 12 excursion, along with four college classmates, none of whom have yet posted notes below. We all live in the greater Boston area and decided last fall that the Road Scholar program, Camino de Santiago, would be a fascinating trip. I can't quite believe that all five of us have managed to sign up and expect to be on our way at the end of next month. We have been testing our hiking boots and doing some practice hikes, mostly individually, but without the intensive training that JoAnn described below. JoAnn, you are an inspiration to get moving in a more energetic and systematic way. I see from the photo above that I shall want a good pair of walking sticks!

All five of us are retired from various professions but involved in many different pursuits. I taught at Clark University for many years and still maintain an association and involvement in some activities there. Massachusetts politics and facilitating English conversation groups with newcomers to the US are a couple of my other current activities. I am looking forward to getting acquainted with the other participants in this adventure.

JoAnn Wootten Aug 22, 2014 at 03:18 PM

Look forward to meeting you and your friends in Madrid. We are on the flight from JFK which arrives at 8:30 am. Hasta la vista!
Linda Vaughan Aug 31, 2014 at 05:27 PM

I'll be on the flight from JFK. Lin Vaughan
Linda Vaughan Aug 31, 2014 at 05:31 PM

I've wanted to walk on the Camino since I first encountered it 30 years ago. I'm glad Road Scholar
Linda Vaughan Aug 31, 2014 at 05:31 PM

Has come up with a Camino Lite version.

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