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Camino de Santaigo, Chemin St Jacques (part 1)

Written on: Monday June 1st, 2015

A journal entry from: South Africa, Europe 2015

We exited from north of Porto and found ourselves pretty close to the Camino de Santiago. This is the 790 km pilgrimage trail which begins in the Spanish Pyrenees and ends on the Spanish Atlantic coast at Santiago de Compostella. Normally this is a 30 day walk but using the VW we were able to knock about 500km of that off in about 4 days stopping now and then to sample some of the trail with day hikes. This trail is the extension of the Chemin St Jacques that we are finishing in France, however the topography is quite different lending itself very well to the use of bikes as a means of finishing the entire walk. (Perhaps a plan for next year?). Coming against the stream we were amazed by the number of bikers and walkers we encountered. While a stage on the Chemin St. Jacques will have perhaps 50 or 60 people on it we were seeing more in the hundreds on the Camino. With the VW diesel pushing hard we crossed the Pyrenees at Roncevalles and coasted down the French side to the place that will end our French walk, Saint Jean Pied de Port. This place is a hive of activity with some walkers finishing the French section, some beginning the Camino and some doing the GR10 that traverses the French Pyrenees laterally. From Saint Jean Pied de Port we continued in the VW loosely following the Chemin. Previewing our walk you might say. We left the camper at a chambre d'hôtes about 9 km past the the town we finished at last year. Then we were off: destination Saint Jean Pied de Port, mais cette fois à pied.


 

From Marilyn & Wayne on Jun 14th, 2015

Good to hear from you....we were wondering if you had succumbed to blisters or trail pirates?? Some of the pictures bring back memories of our travels in May....only a couple of weeks left....we are now in Nice !! Take care & will see you soon back in Vancouver...