In search of the yellow arrows..

A Facebook memory appeared on my phone this week. Four years ago, I would move out of home and settle into a new home in the northside of Dublin once I complete a short section of the Camino Francés. That section was from Burgos to Astorga. How fitting it is that I return to the same starting point this Monday. Of course, many things have happened since 2017 but I return to Burgos a pilgrim in search of the yellow arrows.

Since my last post, I have finished up in the office, I have got the last few bits and pieces for the pack and checked in my flights. Since the pandemic, I have a few extra documents I need to carry with me. These include:

In search of the yellow arrows..

I have been looking at the weather for the last week also. At present, Spain is going through a mini-heatwave however it will cool down for my arrival. I expect temperatures in Burgos on the 30th and 31st around 24c to 27c, however there is a chance of rain on the 31st. There is a greater chance of rain on the 1st when we leave Burgos however. I am prepared and have brought my Helly Hansen rain jacket. I seem to be lucky when it comes to rain having seen rain 3 days in all my 11 Caminos.

The good thing about the Camino is that you don’t have to walk alone. I mean, you can choose to walk in search of the yellow arrows with a large group, or you can walk solo. The choice is yours. I am really happy to be joined by Linda from SomewhereSlowly.com in Burgos. We both know I am the faster walker, so we will probably see each other at the end of each day. It is not the first time we met, having met in 2018 on my Camino Francés when I walked from Puente la Reina and again in 2019 when I walked with my brother when we walked from A Coruna (page to be updated).

En El Camino in Boadilla del Camino

In search of the yellow arrows – What am I carrying?

As promised in my previous post, I wanted to list what I am carrying on this Camino. Some of you may find this useful. If you do, please let me know. I have divided this kit into a number of categories:

  • What I am wearing
  • Main Bag
  • Electronics
  • Toiletries and Foot kit
  • Bits and Pieces

What I am wearing.

  • Long zip off trousers
  • Short sleeve tech t shirt (Helly Hansen)
  • Baseball hat
  • Rab light fleece
  • Salomon X Ultra shoes
  • Under Armour boxers
  • Merino socks
  • Buff
  • Face mask
  • Over the shoulder bag with important items (see below)

Main Bag

  • Lowe Alpine 35l Backpack and rain cover
  • Helly Hansen rain jacket
  • Cotton liner
  • Crocs
  • Short sleeve t shirt x 2
  • Shorts
  • Socks – merino x 2
  • Under Armour boxers x 2
  • Lightweight towel
  • All within a dry bag

Electronics

  • Spanish plug adapter
  • Phone charger
  • Fitbit and charger
  • DJI Osmo Pocket

Toiletries and Foot kit

  • Travel toothbrush and paste
  • Razor
  • Suncream – to be bought in Spain
  • Gehwol foot cream
  • Prescription medication
  • Paracetemol

Bits and Pieces

  • Guide book
  • EHIC / Health insurance details
  • Shell
  • Journal and pen
  • Spork
  • Zip lock bags
  • Clothes pegs

Over the shoulder bag

  • Phone
  • Pilgrim passport
  • Passport
  • Debit card
  • Flight Details
  • Bus details
  • EU Digital Covid Cert

If I need anything else, I will buy in Spain.

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Until I return home, Buen Camino! Catch me on the above sites in Spain!

Written by Clearskies Camino