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Gut Bustingly Hard

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Terry Wilson, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. Terry Wilson

    Terry Wilson Active Member

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    Well having raved on for a year about the camino I have finally done it. Started on the 14th of Aug and rolled into Santiago thirty five days latter.
    I am now looking to take Martin Sheen and the film The Way to court and will be suing for miss-representation. The carefree wanderings and adventures of the four of them in that film is nothing like the reality. ( thats a little kiwi humor) .
    But I think there are some things the first timer needs to know.
    Doing the first day over route Napoleon in 33 deg, I was shattered in fact the officials at the monastery took one look at me and said,you sit now and walked past my bunk three times in the first hour to check on me.I asked them about this latter in the evening and that is what they were doing.
    Next thing to know. Spanish kilometers are longer than any other kilometers in the world. The amount of times we would walk past a sign saying eight k,s to where ever to find ten or twelve k,s latter you are still getting there. Everyone shared this opinion there could be something in this. Some one said they may be measuring from the edge of the towns and not the centers.
    Next. There is no flat in Spain it is either up or down even the massetta had some constant climbs in it.

    Now that I have said all that you will be thinking well it did not work out for this chap.

    YES IT DID.

    I walked with some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. I mean the real beauty .
    I walked through some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life.
    I am so proud of myself I cant remember ever being prouder.
    If you have followed some of my early post you will know I went to find two old friends that I used to know and love and they loved me in return. They were God and myself.
    I found them both..

    In the first paragraph I did not use PC words like it is a little hard in places. It is dam hard well it was for a sixty eight year old like me.
    This posting is not to put you off. But to make sure you know what your in for.
    If I could do it YOU can. Go and do it you will not regret it.
    Good luck and God bless you.
    Terry.
     
  2. UnkleHammy

    UnkleHammy Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on your hard earned success. I didn't complete but I am glad that I tried.
     
  3. James Orrock

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    Very well done, Terry. It seems like the best things in life don't come without some real struggle. So glad you caught up with those two old friends along The Way and that they welcomed you with open arms. Hasta la vista, baby!
     
  4. Waka

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    Your right on the button, the camino o is anything but easy and the difficulty is not what I expected. Like you I'm getting on in years, I took 42 days to complete the journey and only once did I hit the wall, with a good earned rest I was back on my way.
    The thing that kept me going was walking into the unknown and experiencing the gift of friendship from total strangers. I remember sitting on a bench outside of Burgos talking to a fellow pilgrim who was 82, both of us still had our backpacks on and the bench was low to the ground, as try as we might we couldn't get up, the only answer was to remove our backpacks (something I was reluctant to do once it was comfortable) two young pilgrim appeared and pulled us both to our feet.
    I really found that there were no negatives on the camino only positives and I made some friendships that will last a lifetime. For some reason I've not found the same sort of camaraderie whilst walking at home.
     
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    Yes Terry – Well Done


    Only one question from me – Which Camino will you walk next :)


    Like all the other replies – I don’t think there is any of us that find Camino’s easy – But we keep going back for More – And sometimes even More – Why??
    I think you have summed it up very well, and the others that have replied have only added even mote value with their own posts – That is, it’s not just the walk, nor even the achievement of reaching Santiago de Compostela – Its “The Journey” and The People that you meet on the way that make your Camino and what will stay longest in your memory :)

    Best Regards

    Rob
     
  6. The fattest Arse

    The fattest Arse New Member

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    Well many thanks for the reality check and very many well dones for your dedication, perseverence and achievement.
     
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  7. Terry Wilson

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    Thank you for that James. We are on the same channel.
     
  8. Terry Wilson

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    Hi UnkleHammy You tried in my eyes thats a success .We both know of the people that we talk to in my home place and yours that wont even try.
    Maybe one day never say never.
     
  9. Terry Wilson

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    I agree with all you have said. Where are you from Waka.
     
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    I live in Weymouth.
     
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    Hi Terry
    Congratulations on completing your first Camino. I've just finished my second Camino back in August this year and couldn't agree more. Anyone who thinks it's easy to walk so far for so long carrying your rucksack is kidding themselves. I'll be the first to admit, I found the first time hard but walking it 2yrs later, even though I knew what was coming was still harder and 2yrs older ha ha. I'm now planning my third Camino for 2019.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, when are you going back. Buen Camino. Keith, Norfolk
     
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    El Condor 2014 Well-Known Member Donating Member

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    Hi @Terry Wilson ,
    Well done my friend ! After doing my 1st Camino (Frances) I kept thinking what would I do different now that I knew what the Camino was all about ,
    Kept on thinking about it for 18 months till I could not stand it anymore !
    Booked my flights and off I went and did the Camino Frances again !
    So glad I did !
    Although, It was the same Camino it was completely different. The hills were not as steep as I remember from my 1st Camino, I did not stress about accommodation, met great and beautiful people * (they are still my friends" and we communicate via social media and E mails ), took my time , stopped when I wanted to, carried less " just in case" things, took lots of photos, drunk more Sangria.

    Buen Camino
     
  14. Bryan Morlock

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    Yes! Finally a post truly about how hard the Camino really is. Congratulations on completing it. I (and three others) just completed it in September and October. I trained hard, essentially walking the equivalent of four Caminos in preparation. It is lucky I did, although it left me extremely short of being ready for the actual Camino. When I arrived in Roncesvalles I did not dare bend my knees, as I would go down to the ground. The uphill over the Pyrenees was tolerable, but the steep downhill, in the rain, on wet loose and slippery shale, plus mud, totally did me in. And then, I got to stand in line for an hour checking in for a bed. Military basic training was a breeze compared to this (although I was more than four decades younger then). We successfully made it all the way to Finnesterre. It is a journey full of memories and people that I will never forget. But we did talk about wanting to meet the guide book author face to face and tell him what we thought about his book! We also talked about never doing it again. Here it is, just 1 1/2 months later and I have changed my mind and would do it again. Congratulations Terry and well done. More than once I laid in bed and thought that I cannot do this. But I did. It is a challenge, but it is also an incredible experience. I now have friends from around the world and think about the Camino every day.

    Buen Camino
     
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    I a 66 year old from little Levin in NZ had aspirations to walk the entire Camin in next year or two But I have come across the that 'c' word during at a two month ago visit to the doctors. So ome might say, there goes my Camino. NO WAY! This is just a postponement until I rediscover my fitness. See you soon, fellow pilgrims. Bon Camino to you all.
     
  17. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

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    My wife and I have completed two camino frances, the second one completed in October. The first camino, I developed tendonitis and swelling in one ankle. For our recent camino, I took it easy the first few days, fearing I'd strain my tendons and get pain and swelling again. After a few days, both my wife and I felt the daily hikes were still challenging, but somewhat easier than camino 1. In part this is because we had walked the entire 800 kms before, so we knew what to expect. Also, my wife used Soloman trail running shoes rather than hard boots, which caused blisters and eventually a stress fracture on camino 1. My wife's knees and ankles were pain free this time and we completed daily stages at least an hour quicker than camino 1. We shipped my wife's Osprey backpack ahead every day on camino 2. I carried my backpack every stage for both caminos.

    We are already planning camino 3. We really like the camino frances so we'll walk it again, but change some of the stages. Also, for camino 3 I've decided to use Jako trans to ship my Osprey ahead on any stages that have strenuous uphill climbs. Also, we'll stay in private rooms the entire camino, so won't need to carry a sleeping bag or silk liner. Bob
     
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    If I ever return I plan to it the same way you are planning. Jack trans and private rooms (or maybe 2 to 4 person rooms).
     
  19. Terry Wilson

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    If you would like to talk over a cup of coffee some time send me a contact number. If you wish. As I live in little Palmerston North.
     
  20. Terry Wilson

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    I think my last post whet in the wrong place.
    So again. John if you would like to send a contact number we could have coffee some time. If you wish. And talk about the camino. I am 69 this month have just got back and am going again in this April.
    Long story.
     
  21. Deborah Greenway

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    I am doing my 1st Camino in May this year. NZ is one of my favourite places and has so many beautiful treks. Great training ground. Good luck with your recovery. Remember NO WAY!!
     
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