Please note, this post was first published on the disappearance of Denise. As a result of all that has happened since I have taken steps to remove the past tense and create what I hope is a more fitting post for the future safety of Pilgrims and indeed anyone who takes on outdoor pursuits alone.… Read More Personal safety on the Camino de Santiago following the tragic death of pilgrim Denise Thiem on the Camino Frances.
O’cebreiro to Santiago. School boy errors. I put my bike next to Glens and we locked them together because we are paranoid. We slid bins up to the corner to block out some wind and I put my poncho on. I sat cross legged and tried to eat the sandwich. I’d definitely chose the wrong… Read More Day 6, O’cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Camino Frances
St Jean pied du Port to Pamplona (Cirauqui) Covered 123km today. Due to the height of the Pyrenees St Jean Pied du Port stays a little darker in the mornings until the sun clears the mountain tops, this meant we knew we’d be setting off in the dark. However, at 5am I found myself watching… Read More Day 1, St Jean pied du Port to Pamplona (Cirauqui), Spain. The camino de Santiago. My bar ends look like bulls horns…
Well we are here and arrived in total darkness. St Jean is very beautifully lit at night and if what we’ve seen so far is anything to go by i’ll be having a little look around before we leave. The only accommodation we could find this late was the hotel Ramuntcho! Within the old town… Read More Saint Jean Pied du Port, Pyranees, France, On the Camino de Santiago
I’ve done a little changing about on the blog. The latest updates now show on the front instead of the “about this challenge” page. please see the menu bar across the top for details about the challenge. also put your email address in at the right of this page (on computer view, not mobile!) if… Read More 8 days to go! Camino de Santiago ride preparation
12 days left on the counter! Have you registered your email address for the ongoing prep and progress updates yet? (prep and progress? Catchy!) So I’ve got to the stage where parts are arriving daily for the bike. I’m rekindling my love for this sport and in doing so realised that a lot of my… Read More 12 Days to go! Camino de Santiago preparation.
I’ve plotted the route on Google maps, here is the link. Or (you may have to zoom out a little): Dont forget the route was there before the roads! There are paths which carry the pilgrims and these are a mixture of tarmac/mud/hardpack/forest/open country lanes depending on the area you pass through. I detailed the… Read More The Camino Frances de Santiago, Route now on google maps
The maps have arrived. Three Michelin regional maps covering from the French border to the end of the world (the east coast). the numbers of the maps are: The first is Number 573. (País Vasco/Euskadi, Navarra, La Rioja) coving from St Jean Pied de Port over the border, through Pamplona, Logrono and as far as… Read More The maps and guide books I’m using to plan the Camino Frances.
You remember the post not so long ago in which I described the paperwork pilgrims carry with them as proof of their journey? (here’s the link ) I thought that it may take some time to get hold of these so I was ready to apply early. Well it’s arrived! To recap I thought getting a… Read More Credentials…. Shmedentials…. (My pilgrim’s passport arrived!)
I think it’s about time I stepped up a gear, if you’ll pardon the pun…. The running is great but my challenge is to cycle 800km across spain on the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela in October, so at some point I need to switch to two wheels in order to train effectively for… Read More Camino to work scheme. I think it’ll catch on…..