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Beat those bedbugs with a Brierley book!
on 25 August 2014
Actually, I think I made it through safely without encountering the horrid chinches. The author also does a slimmer set of maps, which you might prefer, just on the weight issue. It's not a heavy book and fitted comfortably in my trouser pocket. But do you really need it? The camino is brilliantly, extensively waymarked and albergues are usually signposted as well. Added to that, there's a procession of pilgrims to follow.
I would say yes, you do. It's easy to get glib once one's underway, but the book is full of useful information and encouragement, things which more than make up for the mystical reflections. Maps, guidance on Spanish/English words, options for avoiding the roads, detours (challenging or otherwise) and unless you keep a detailed journal it's very easy to lose track of where exactly you've been, so when people ask you later it'll be, "Um...yeah...that village after the town, in the little hostel, err..." There are spaces to write notes as you go along.
This is the work of an experienced pilgrim and the practical warnings are sage. The copy I received could have used some proofreading. It's only fair to say that a book like this plays just as much of a part in turning the summer months on the camino frances into 'bedlam' as any Hollywood flick, but ask yourself, would your journey have started without it?
A good companion.