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My Camino

Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by cruiser9608, May 18, 2019.

  1. cruiser9608

    cruiser9608 Member

    Jul 11, 2016
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    Flew into Paris April 25th
    Train ride to Bayonne
    Bought bike in Bayonne
    Rained for 2 days
    Train to Saint Jean Pied de Port.
    The view from the train is breath taking.
    April 27th Started my Camino.
    First off I should have listened to lady at Camino office when she said to not take the Pyrenees route by mountain bike.
    I live in Fort Worth Texas. There are not a lot of mountains here to practice on.
    Got to Refuge Orisson had time left thought I would try and go on.
    That was a big mistake.
    When I made it to the top and got to the clearing near Refugio Izandorre everything went bad
    Wind, rain and clouds completely came on in a heartbeat.
    Made it to the shelter when the temperature started dropping
    Was going to wait it out but could not get a fire going everything was soaked.
    Had to call for rescue. Kept trying to fall asleep. Scared the hell out of me.
    Fire brigade was there in thirty minutes and took me to Roncesvalles
    This is where I didn’t know if I could finish the Camino .
    Fireman said the temperature was 3 Celsius.
    Rode my bike to Pamplona with the thought of flying home.
    Decided to take a train to Burgos to give me time to decide and get my thoughts together.
    Train ride was a good time to catch my breath.
    Once in Burgos I decided this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and decided to go on with the journey.
    Everything was unbelievable.
    The phrase words can’t describe it is true.
    Wow what an adventure.
    Burgos Cathedral was so awesome.
    For me I loved the little villages more than the big cities.
    Some where after Sahagun I hit a rock and bent my front wheel. No one in sight.
    Bent it back enough to keep going.
    Found a shop later who got it straighten out enough to finish
    When I got up in Arzúa it was raining.
    It rained all the way to Santiago.
    Didn’t get out of the rain until I got to dfw.

    Would I do it again? In a heart beat. Would I do it different? Oh hell yes.

    Not that im a seasoned pro. But for anyone who is thinking about doing the French Camino for there first time.

    Listen to all these people that know what they are talking about. They have good advice that I read but I wanted to go my own route . If there is a next time I will do it the way they say to do it and not the way I want to do it.

    To all of the people on this forum. Thanks for all the information.

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    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  2. UnkleHammy

    UnkleHammy Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2015
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    Fresno, California
    From what you wrote you have learned from your mistakes. It seems as though the overall trip was positive. Hope that you will do it again, using what you learned this time. Thanks for the quick write up.
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  3. Jim C

    Jim C New Member

    Oct 16, 2018
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    That’s a great post. Succinct and well written. Texans are strong.

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