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    HkNewman
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    @hknewman

    Locale: Western US

    Spain’s Camino routes are now the most famous, but they were abandoned until Spain reignited interest in them in 1975 as they were thought to be a “masculine” (direct quote) pursuit by the then military government.  The author describes the UKs Canterbury Trail and a link will take you to Japan’s Buddhist shrine loop (1200 km) …. seeing a picture of what looks to be an Arc’teryx FL pack in the promo pictures.   Not sure how many would actually allow wild camping admittedly…

    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201111-a-new-love-for-medieval-style-travel?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2F

     

     

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    HkNewman
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    @hknewman

    Locale: Western US

    … much more for the hiking experience where appropriate, of course, and not a religious experience one per se.

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    Paul Wagner
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    @balzaccom

    Locale: Wine Country

    The lovely part of this story is that during the medieval period, travel was severely limited by social station—the only real reason most people were allowed to travel was a religious pilgrimage. Everyone was else was required to stay put and work for the local noble.

    Not unlike today…

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    Dale Wambaugh
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    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    We rode bikes from Porto to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino de Portuguese.

    There are companies that rent bikes and arrange a chain of hotels and transport your luggage along the way. I’ve seen every inch of the coast. Wind and cobblestones aside it was beautiful.

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