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    Default The most efficient day - hiking through beautiful beaches | Camino del Norte in Spain

    On the Day 12 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we hiked from the village Noja to the town Loredo in Cantabria.


    We woke up in the city of Noja in the very nice camping Playa Joyel that we were very happy about. It was the second camping in the row that we liked a lot. It had a good price range, nice facilities and direct access to the beach. It was the first camping where there was the hairdresser saloon and a cashpoint, not to mention the supermarket and camping related stuff shop. But the best part was the beach Playa de Candado of course in a very scenic location where we met the sunrise and enjoyed the view just for a bit. It had a little bit less space but for the rest was an excellent spot.


    So as we promised yesterday we had a big plan for today to do 20 + kms and to follow the Camino because we wanted to compensate a bit the last day when we did less than normal.


    All the first part of the day we were walking on the asphalt and car roads so we were able to do more kms that way without getting too exhausted having said that it was way less interesting and exciting with practically the same landscape of the green hills and villages and spreaded farm houses. So we did it very quick but it wasn't very exciting.

    So that way we got to Galizano at the coast at 14 pm and that was already very close to our final destination so it was our personal record coming the earliest to the place when doing so many kms a day.

    And this last several kms were the best of the day. We spent probably two hours at the beach just watching the tidal wave coming and people surfing - finally we got time to see that! The views were absolutely incredible there with the green fields and the rocky steep cliffs. We couldn't receive the better reward than this at the end of this kind of boring day.


    So we got to Loredo later in the evening cause we spent lots of time at the beach, bought some groceries and headed to the camping. The supermarket called Coviran was really weird, it had very little with poor assortment and the customer service was really bad when you can't take and choose veggies and fruits and they do it for you.


    But our biggest dissapointment was the camping "Derby Loredo". The first thing we noticed when we walked in was a lot of trash on the ground where we needed to camp in and when we went to the toilets it was even more disgusting it seemed like there was no cleaning for several days. So we had to sweep the ground with the broom that we found and only then we could set up the tent and put our things on the ground. So for the future we decided to check the reviews of the place if we could before going there. And we will leave the appropriate review on that camping because this is intolerant.


    Because of that we went to sleep quite late. We had a lot of thoughts about the following day because we had to cross to Santander and we were willing to skip it and just didn't know how to do it yet.


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    At 7:30 in to the video you complain of soreness in the shoulders. Your pack is hanging of your shoulders slouched down and pulling away on your shoulders. That's not going to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    At 7:30 in to the video you complain of soreness in the shoulders. Your pack is hanging of your shoulders slouched down and pulling away on your shoulders. That's not going to help.
    Thank you for pointing it out, I know that the pack itself doesn't suit me well, it causes too much pressure on my shoulders. Now I am searching for the new one, we'll see if I have luck finding it.

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    Put the pack on loosely with buckles loosened. Shrug your shoulders up holding the wt of the load. Firmly cinch the hip belt which should ride a little high on your hips. If you loosen your shoulders at this pt the pack shouldn't fall down so much as it will fall away from your back and shoulders. Cinch the shoulder strap webbing to get the pack up and closer to your back. Neither of you should have a pack sagging pulling on your shoulders. Your loads don't look exceptionally heavy or bulky. It appears the soreness is related to pack use adjustments as much as might it being a poor pack torso length fit. Snap your sternum strap making a final adjustment to the shoulder strap webbing. Use load lifter strap if your pack has them but it doesn't look like your pack does where your BF's pack looks like he has them. Part of your shoulders being sore is the shoulder straps being too loose with the load too much pulling on your shoulders away from your shoulders and the load bouncing around...coupled with the shoulder straps falling off your shoulders because you're not using your sternum strap. Use your sternum strap high enough so that it's not pressing against your lungs and chest yet keeps the shoulder straps from falling off your shoulders. It shouldn't be so high to choke you either. This will help alleviate that shoulder soreness.

    Both of you proceed at a nice personally suitable pace with a good awareness. Love both your smiles, sense of gratitude and positive energy. I wish I was doing some of the same trails to meet both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    Put the pack on loosely with buckles loosened. Shrug your shoulders up holding the wt of the load. Firmly cinch the hip belt which should ride a little high on your hips. If you loosen your shoulders at this pt the pack shouldn't fall down so much as it will fall away from your back and shoulders. Cinch the shoulder strap webbing to get the pack up and closer to your back. Neither of you should have a pack sagging pulling on your shoulders. Your loads don't look exceptionally heavy or bulky. It appears the soreness is related to pack use adjustments as much as might it being a poor pack torso length fit. Snap your sternum strap making a final adjustment to the shoulder strap webbing. Use load lifter strap if your pack has them but it doesn't look like your pack does where your BF's pack looks like he has them. Part of your shoulders being sore is the shoulder straps being too loose with the load too much pulling on your shoulders away from your shoulders and the load bouncing around...coupled with the shoulder straps falling off your shoulders because you're not using your sternum strap. Use your sternum strap high enough so that it's not pressing against your lungs and chest yet keeps the shoulder straps from falling off your shoulders. It shouldn't be so high to choke you either. This will help alleviate that shoulder soreness.

    Both of you proceed at a nice personally suitable pace with a good awareness. Love both your smiles, sense of gratitude and positive energy. I wish I was doing some of the same trails to meet both of you.

    Thank you very much for such a detailed instructions on how to wear the pack, we never thought that it is an art itself to wear it right. We would be definitely trying this method in our hike very soon. We'll see if it helps me(Angelina). My husband Dima doesn't seem to have such problems with the shoulders as I do.


    That would be wonderful to hike together some time in the future. It sounds great. Hopefully we can make it a reality

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