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Anybody Else Walking Camino Frances From 15 April 2018?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Belinda, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. Belinda

    Belinda New Member

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    Hi
    I'm planning to start out from SJPP on 15th April (staying at the Gite Makila in SJPP on 14 April). Let me know if anyone else is starting out around the same time. I'm walking solo, it would be my first experience of solo walking. (As part of prepping myself, walked the Cleveland Way in Yorkshire with my hubby last August - 10 days of walking, about 13-16 kms per day, and one day rest). I am both excited and a bit nervous about the whole adventure, but am finding a lot of encouragement from the posts in this Camino Forum.

    I am worried walking on my own and not being able to cope with negative thoughts, etc. I didn't experience many of those thoughts during the Cleveland Way walk, though, as was too busy walking, enjoying the scenery, taking photos and noticing how beautiful the landscape was, the mushrooms, the livestock, birds... I hope this is also what my experience in the Camino will be.
     
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    Hi Belinda...You are starting a bit earlier than I am. I am planning on leaving SJPP on April 27th. I am excited and a little nervous as well. I have been reading the GUT BUSTINGLY HARD posts lately, and it is starting to seem a tad bit intimidating. When you say "not being able to cope with negative thoughts", what do you mean?
    That you will find it too daunting, or just because you are walking alone? All of these emotions are part of the journey......boring we are not, right? You will be fine! Adventure....coloring outside the lines....stretching ourselves. What an AMAZING opportunity set before us, to unwind, leave the hustle and bustle of everyday stress behind, and take the time to enjoy every moment. If you start to freak out, or negative thoughts invade your walk, hide out for a few days, I will catch up to you.....a burden shared is half the burden.
     
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    If you've done the Cleveland Way you'll have no problem with the Camino as there are less clarts about. The first day over the Napoleon route can be a bit intimidating but it is no different than most Lakeland fells.

    And with over 280,000 people doing the walk each year at all times of the year, you are unlikely to be lonely for long.
     
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    Hi Belinda,

    My name is Marianna and I am planning to start at the beginning of April so I should be 2 weeks into the journey before you arrive. This is also my first time and I will be alone so I can relate to your concerns.

    I learned about the Camino about a decade ago and my son beat me to it. Now it is finally my turn.

    Best regards,
    Marianna
     
  5. katdel

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    Hi Belinda.
    I am starting out from SJPdP on Friday 13th of April (not at all sure that sounds like a great idea now that I see it), also travelling solo. Maybe we will bump into each other some place along the route.
    It will be an amazing adventure for all of us who are jumping in 'feet first', so my only suggestion is that you focus on the exciting possibilities and remember that if, for some reason, it all gets too difficult there are others around you and there is always a way out.
    Have faith in yourself. See you out there.
    Kathy
    P.S. I suspect that you will pass me - so far I have not prepped much at all. To Do list......
     
  6. Gerry Vandermaat

    Gerry Vandermaat Donating Member Donating Member

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    G'day BELINDA,
    My wife and I began our Camino on April 14 2015. You will see some wonderful things and meet many beautiful people. Just let it consume you and enjoy the ride -- but --- go slow.

    My blog of our camino can be found here --- https://gerry.edublogs.org -- it might give you a little preview of what id to come.
     
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    I have only recently started to think about a walk for next year and I am still looking at an appropriate date to start although April would be a good time for me. I have walked a number of the longer National Trails in the UK including the South West Coast Path, the Pennine Way twice. From what I have read I believe that the Camino will not be as strenuous on a daily basis as the Cleveland Way but walking for 5 weeks or so, even if you have rest days, will be a "different". Having also walked the Peddars Way in Norfolk I found that walking on relatively flat ground with the path stretching ahead is quite tiring as opposed to undulating ground where you can have a "rest" on the way down if it is not too steep. However the thing I remember when I was about to start my first long distance path a guy said to me when I said that I was concerned about how my feet would stand up - his response was that completion isn't depending on your feet but your head. For someone that enjoys walking alone my concern is that there may be too many people and no navigation skills required! The number of people around I am sure will keep the negative thoughts away. I'll let you know if I decide to start in April and that I can arrange flights etc. - after of course I discuss being away for so long with my wife!
     
  8. Kernel Philip

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    Hi Belinda,

    I just finished the first half of the Camino. It was my first long walk since backpacking days of yore in the Himalayas, and I had the same concern about going alone. Unlike you, I was also worried about whether the knees would still work! (Happily, they did!)

    I found the vast majority of pilgrims had embarked on the journey alone, especially those walking the entire Camino. Even doing the walk in "winter", there were dozens of people starting out every day. It is really a perfect situation because you can either walk with one or more pilgrims, or walk on your own, or some combination. Most pilgrims seemed to follow the suggested daily stages, so you can always meet up with folks at the end of the day- or fall in with another group if body, weather, or inclination lead you to stop elsewhere. (In April I believe nearly all the albergues will be open again so the world will be your oyster.)

    With the option of a cafe con leche and even the ubiquitous three-course + wine "menu de peregrinos" every few kms (some exceptions!), an indoor bed, and a tepid-to-hot shower every night, it truly is the Appalachian Trail for wimps- which is just what I wanted at this (st)age. I plan to head back to do the last half, perhaps starting in late March to hopefully beat the crowds.

    One suggestion: read some Spanish history before you go. That was my biggest regret. You walk through these gorgeous, bucolic landscape paintings into museums, with 15th century churches and cathederals dominating villages and cities. And with the world going by at 3-5 kms an hour, you can see the changes in names, sub-cultures, and cuisine.

    Your walks in the UK sound fantastic! Those are on my list. Is there one you would especially recommend?

    Buen Camino!
    Phil
    (Kernel Philip)
     
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    Hi Belinda,
    Good luck, you are walking at a beautiful time of year, my favorite, don't worry about negative thoughts, if you don't take them with you, you will not find them on the camino, there will be plenty of people around to keep you company. :)
     
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    I'll be starting on April 19th from Estella (continuation of 2016) and am a slow pilgrim so we'll probably meet up in a week or so. There's a good chance we'll meet at some point.
     
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    Hi Belinda,
    I too will be walking solo -Camino del Norte starting in April from San Sebastian to Santiago & I share your trepidation. There are so many varied opinions on so many areas of the Camino, especially whether a first timer, like myself ( female in late 50's, pretty fit however) should do the Norte. I am still in two minds but I do love the sea and mountains and am keen to explore the Basque country. I most likely will catch the odd bus/train here and there if need be, however. So much to decide !
     
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    Hello everyone

    I shall be leaving SJPP on the 28th of April, so may get to see some of you.

    I too am excited and a little nervous.

    Buen Camino

    Kevin
     
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    Hi Kevin....I share your excitement also! I am leaving SJPP on April 27th. It will be here before we know it! So.....I will be WAY ahead of you!! (just kidding). You will probably pass me on the way out of SJPP! What crosses my mind at the present is, am I training enough so that I won't be in pain all of the way? Other than that, I am just so excited to just WALK! Meeting other pilgrims, going thru villages, solitude, and mainly just playing outside. What an awesome opportunity we have to explore Spain on foot! Buen Camino!!!
     
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    Hi, not sure I'll be catching anyone up!

    I'm trying to get miles in my legs too. I've cycled quite a bit in the last few years, but until deciding to do this I hadn't walked far in years.

    My training has seem quite a bit of solidarity, I've been walking to work one or two days a week and it's rare to meet anyone in the 7 miles in the dark.

    I'm looking forward to letting go of work for a while. It has been a bit all consuming of late.

    Spain in April should be a bit warmer too (except for the Pyrenees perhaps).
     
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    I don't know how good you are with Spanish, but I reccomend getting a refresher course before you go. Bus and train riding is easier if you can communicate with the driver. In most of the stations some level of english is spoken but when you get out of town you can't really count on it.
     
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