I just got back from the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, after having walked 835km from San-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Finisterrae (West Spain), in 30 days. It has been such an incredible experience, I have seen the most incredible landscapes: infinite mesetas stretching themselves out for kilometers and kilometers, no one to be seen, no one to be heard, apart from the monotonous and rhythmic sound…
154 hours and 463 Miles (745 km) in 54 days.
If my math is correct, if we walk at least 3 hours a day we’ll be finished in 51.3 days. However, each day will vary as the distance varies from albergue to albergue. so one day we may have to walk 5 hours and the next we make need to walk half of that. At 5 hours a day we’ll be done in 30.8 days. So what do we do with the rest of the time? We already added about 50 miles by wanting to walk to Finisterre. And from there we’re taking a train down to Portugal. I don’t really want to stay 2 nights in every albergue just so we use up all of our time on the Camino de Santiago.
This is what minimal planning will do to you.. but it’ll be one hell of an adventure.
You can’t stay more than one night in a single albergue. They toss everyone out each morning, not that I tried.
The key is “over and over.”
Date: July 17, 2014 (Thursday)
Starting Point: La Faba, Castilla y Léon (Province of León)
Ending Point: Triacastela, Galicia (Province of Lugo)
Distance: 27.3 kilometers
Time: 6 hrs 0 mins
Difficulty Level: 8.5/10
It was still dark when we left the village. With no street lamps I was…
I remember this priest. We all sat up front and he would restart the service every time a new pilgrim arrived. It took about a half hour, then once he got going, it was over in 5 minutes.
1. Entering Santa Catalina on a pretty country lane.
2. An enterprising local’s little stall.
3. Crumbling ruins and mountains.
4. A little taste of Texas: the Cowboy Bar in El Ganso!
5. The rocky trail as we summit mountains…
6. Foncebadón, or what’s left of it!
The blue door is where I bought my bastón for €3.00. The owner showed me how good it was by bending it under pressure and watching it spring back. It lasted all the way to SDC and saved my bacon once.