posted this pet peeve elsewhere, but thought I'd
give it its own thread.
(yes, especially ladies)... please do NOT leave
soiled toilet paper lying along the WAY.
have two options I can think of:
Carry a ziplock bag and put your soiled paper into
the bag and dispose of it in the TRASH at any town
or the next albergue.
Carry a hankerchief to use when you pee and simply
wash it each evening when you wash your other clothes.
horrible to see toilet paper strewn along the path,
and last year by August, you could simply follow
the "white=bricked road" to Santiago...
not a nice thing to do when visiting in someone
else's country. Think of how upset you'd be if it
was YOUR front yards!
far as toilet paper, I do not agree with the "bury
it" theory because animals will dig it up,
and it takes a LONG time for toilet paper to disintegrate.
Just be responsible and either use cloth or carry
you're going to carry paper, instead of a roll you
can purchase large packages of SMALLER packages
of what we call "kleenex" at many larger
grocery stores or supermarkets. A couple of pilgrims
could split up those 12-packs and it would last
a week or more. Most of the public restrooms (in
restaurants, etc.) that I ran across did have TP,
but not all, so don't expect it. Be prepared when
you go in.
if you DO need to use a bar for a BM, support the
local economy and buy something... a coffee... a
beer... a sandwich... a candy bar... fruit...
flush the danged toilets! You will find interesting
and various types of "flushing" mechanisms
along the WAY. If you don't see a handle, look for
a push button on top, or a string or wire above
your head that you pull...
all I can think of... I'm sorry to post these ugly
TP trail photos. But I'd rather see it on this forum
than along the Camino. Hopefully it will inspire
people NOT to leave their TP along the path..
pass this info along in a gentle manner to other
pilgrims you meet along the way.
Are there toilets on route or at least the possibility
of stepping off the trail and hiding behind a bush
without offending locals? I was on a training walk
in the city on Sunday -drank lots of water, but
could find no facilities on the way. Yikes! Made
Hi Anne, as this post is in the Le Puy section I
will assume that is what you are refferring to.
On that path there is usually plenty of step off
places (and as yet unspoiled like the Camino Frances!).
The early part of the path needs special attention
with prevention of litter though, as much of this
is in higher altitudes and toilet paper should be
carried out or be well and truly buried as it would
not decompose at the altitude. Public toilets are
not too much in evidence though. I used to stop
at a Bar for a coffee and somehting to eat and make
use of their facilities. Another thing I discovered
further down the track was that many of the Maries
provided toilets (some only during office hours!)
Indeed when walking on the Vezelay path I stopped
at the Marie a number of times to used the facilities,
and the women in the office filled my water bottle
a number of times too.
Janet jl,Jul 20, 2010
à Q.Pratique Route