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  1. Penxx

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    I am 66, not a strong walker.. maybe I will have to do it in stages. I am not sure when, but this site is fabulous because there are so many point son view and so much good advice.... thanks to all who take the time to post the information.

    Penny
     
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    That's so kind of you, Penny! I'm 62 and there are many on here who have done it recently at 72 and above. Many on here like to help, also, so if there are specific things you want to gather information about - such as ideas for preparing physically for it and which route you might find most enjoyable, just ask. It's a pretty nice bunch. Beth
     
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    Believe me you can do it and while it’s not necessarily “easy” all the time, it is so simple and such a gratifying event at so many levels. I encourage you to keep in touch on the forum and one day you will just take off
     
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    Hi Penxx
    I'm on the Camino now - my walking partner and I are now in Burgos. Arrived here before 3 yesterday and staying another day to be tourists in Burgos before continuing on. I started on 15 April and Elly and I happened to share a room together in Orisson and then again in Roncesvalles. She's 63. I'm turning 60 this year. The other women I've met and eaten dinners with are 68, 73, 65, 64. Some of us are slow walkers but we get to wherever we decide to stop for the day at the end of the day, usually between 2 -3 pm, starting the walk usually between 7 - 8 am, with +1 hour break (in 15-20 min slots) throughout the day to have coffee at cafe, to eat our snacks or to air our feet every 2 hours. Yes, our feet are sore at the end of day, we raise them, stretch them, bandage our ankles or our knees. And by the start of the next day, we are again good to go.
     
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    thanks...I don't think people do the Camino if they are not nice, and if they weren't, they will be at the end!! One question, how tolerant will the hostels be if i need to stay two nights to recuperate and have rest days... will my gray hair be enough? very encouraging to hear I will meet kindred spirits
     
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    Hi Penny, my recent experience was that Hostels were kind enough to let me stay longer when I incurred injuries that eventually led to me having to be flown home. I’m 53, physically fit and a seasoned trekker and it’s the first time in my life where I’ve not succeeded what I set out to achieve!! Even with all the preparation and training, this wasn’t meant to be my Camino, but I will be back. Make it your Camino and listen to your body!
     
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    Hi Penxx,
    I'm the same age as you, and I still love walking, especially on the Camino. I started the Camino Frances in 2011 and ended up in the same pilgrim hostage as an Italian couple several times. They were both well past 80 and it was their 8th camino. They said they didn't do such long days now, since they were tired but still they walked the same amount of kilometers as I did. I was 59 at the time...
    On Wednesday I will travel to Cahors in France to do the second half of the Via Podiensis (I did the first half last summer) and it is hilly and rather hard but so beautiful.
    I'm sure you will make it one day, and you will manage very well. Just go easy.
    Good luck and Buen Camino
     
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    Bonne continuation, Margareta! I'll be starting in Aumont-Aubrac on June 1st and probably stopping at Cahors for the France part of the trip. Are you by any chance publicly blogging your walk? If so, I'd love to follow along. Beth
     
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    I had problems on my first Camino and needed to stay an extra night at Roncahveles. I asked if I could stay and they said no, but if I left and returned after 2pm then I could than stay a second night.
     
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    Hi, my Name is Tim Shepherd from near Birmingham UK, I have wanted to do the Camino for a number of years, I have finally allowed myself the time to do it, well at least the start of it, due to time constraints I am doing SJPDP to Logrono in August and will hope to keep returning to whrere I left off as soon as I can.

    Greta Information Leslie, many thanks for opening up this forum, it feels like I have already started my journey with just getting on here!

    Buen Camino

    Tim
     
  12. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Penxx - I think it’s a fair observation to say that you will run into all types of people on the Camino. People walk the Camino for a myriad of reasons. Some will be right in sync with why you are there; others, perhaps not so much. However, as elsewhere in life, we tend to migrate toward like souls, so you will have plenty of the right kind of company along your journey. You will, at least in my experience, run into a large number of very kind pilgrims and locals to help you. Some of my favorite encounters were with hospitaleros at the albergues. If you need extra time to rest or recuperate, you’ll find both the places and people who will assist you. Buen Camino!
     
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    Hey, Wily, here's a question - how did you append your blog links to your posts? Was it with the "signature" option link?
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey C4S - Yes, it was via the “signature” option link. Real simple to do or add to what you might already have there. If I remember correctly, it is limited to just three lines.
     
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    Thanks, Wily! Much appreciated!
     
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    Same with me Jo, Pamplona Albuegue let me stay 4 nights until I could get on the road again after my injury. You will be back just as I am returning in September to continue!
     
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    Hello! Finally figured out how to post an introduction. I'm new here. I have always wanted to walk the Camino but never seemed to find the time. My wife recently passed away and I feel lost without her. I think walking the Camino may help me get back on track with my life and move forward. She never wanted to walk the Camino, but we did walk daily all over the place. We were both retired and I think this is what I need to start living again. A place to do lots of thinking without phones, TV, or news. Just peacefull solitude with maybe a Camino family. I've started planning to walk next year in early spring, April 2019. Lots of good information here. Thank you everyone for sharing.
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Arnie - First, welcome to the Forum. Very sorry to hear about your loss. People walk the Camino for all kinds of reasons. It’s an amazing pilgrimage across Spain where one does have a great deal of time to reflect upon life and all it has given us and all that is still ahead. Peacefulness and grace can certainly be found on the road to Santiago. One of the wonderful positives (and there really are many of them) is that walking 800 km takes time. Within this space of time you will be physically, psychologically, and spiritually challenged. By the end of this journey, you will have had the opportunity to take a good look at yourself, where you’ve been, and just possibly arrive at some insights you didn’t have before walking. You mention the Camino family. For me, the most important aspect of this entire journey are the many wonderful souls that you will meet coming from all walks of life, with their own stories to share, and reasons for walking. I’m confident that even if you don’t get all your questions answered, you’ll be well on Your Way to figuring things out. Spring is a great time to walk the Camino. You will learn very quickly that it is quite a special place. I know we’ll all look forward to interacting with you over the next year. Don’t hesitate to direct your questions to the caring folks on this Forum. Buen Camino!
     
  20. Bryan Morlock

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    Excellent response Wily. It could not have been said better.
     
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    Dear Arnie, I am very sad to hear of your devastating loss. It is a good sign that you found the Camino forum and are thinking of the next chapter in your life. Between the forum and the many guides, namely Brierly and the Camino de Santiago Village to Village guide you can plan accordingly and wisely for a very memorable experience. We on the forum will support you in any endeavor you decide. Welcome!
     
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    Hi! I am planning my Camino and I am so excited! I am enjoying reading all the posts!
     
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    Thank you everyone! I look forward to learning more and continue planning my Camino!
     
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    Some people do their Camino in stages. We chose to do SJPDP to Finnesterre slowly, all in one trip. Our group of four were 61, 64, 65, and 65 (I turned 66 on the Camino) and we set up our complete trip as a seven week adventure. We planned on 36 days of walking to Santiago, 4 days to Finnesterre, 5 days of just in case, and two days of travel on each end. We took 39 days of walking and 1 day off (due to blisters and tired) to get to Santiago, 4 days to Finnesterre, and spent our one remaining extra day at the ocean. We weren't the quickest but we succeeded and had a great time. We set up a blog site (listed below) and both my sister and I (you know, both the female and male perspective) did daily blog posts with pictures and descriptions of the day. I would do it again and possibly even more slowly, just to give more time to explore.
     
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    Greetings everyone
    Thank you all for participating and contributing to this forum. It has been a great resource, more importantly a continual source of inspiration!

    I am finally doing my Camino after first learning about it and wanting to do it - way back in 1994 when I read my first Camino memoir. (It was Jack Hitt's Off the Road). My planned departure is May, 2019. I am stilldeciding whether to do the Frances or the Norte route... I am a little worried about it being pretty crowded on the Frances... if anyone has thoughts on that I would appreciate it.

    And am I starting too early on my training - will I burn out before I even start? I am 56 y.o. fit and young at heart. I recently lost my mom, who was my best friend and I miss her terribly. But I know how thrilled she would be for me in finally fulfilling my Camino dream.

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    Hi Amy
    I am very sorry that your mother has passed away and sympathise deeply with you. I did the Camino Frances in 2012 and have thought again and again of walking it once more. Like you I have had doubts about the over-crowding on that route as the popularity of the Camino Frances has grown and grown. Six years is quite a while in terms of tourism growth -- and I'm afraid that the camino is being promoted as a tourist attraction -- so I'm not the most qualified to speak on present pressures. However, I believe the numbers walking the Camino del Norte have always been fewer; the balancing disadvantage, I think, is that there is not as well-developed a network of hostels. I'm sure there are others on the forum who will fill you in on that.

    If, as you say, you are fit and young at heart then your training will consist simply of integrating regular walking into your week. Get the best footwear you can afford from a specialist outdoor pursuits store and walk them in gradually. For the couple of months before you go on the camino you will need to do some walks of the length of a day's camino walking (about 25km/15 miles). If you intend to carry your pack on the camino you will need to do some walks with your pack to ensure your are comfortable with it. The distance walked in a day on the camino is not what usually causes trouble for people; it's doing it day after day after day for the duration. So if, between now and your starting date, you can manage a hiking holiday it would be good.

    Anyway, you will love the camino, whichever one you do. Buen camino.
     
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    As far as which Camino to choose, I would say give it some time and let it speak to you. I rather think that you will be pulled towards one or another. I have only done the Camino Francés. It was last October. Am now thinking about the Primitivo. It’s sort of calling me. I would not let the idea of too many people on the Francés be the determining issue. Sometimes it is really fun being around others. I wanted to walk mostly alone and I did. No problem. There are almost always long hours of being alone. The Francés has a big soul. Good for you!!
     
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    Hi Amy, welcome to the forum! So exciting to hear that finally you will be able to head to Spain for the Camino. I am so grateful that I stumbled onto this forum, it has been a wealth of info and encouragement for me. Amy, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. We love much, therefore we hurt much. What a blessing that she was your best friend.
    I left this past May 27th for my first Camino. I did the Frances. I was a bit worried about it being over crowded as well. But I felt drawn to do the FAMOUS one. :D And absolutely no regrets. It seems like my experience was rather rare though according to most. First, I had perfect weather from St. Jean-Santiago. I really needed to spend time alone, and looked forward to that. I am a morning person, so I left the albergue by 5:30 every morning. I can't explain to you in words how amazing that was for me every morning. It was still dark for a bit, but the sun would gently rise over the beautiful scenery....and I felt like it was a gift from God just for me, because no one else was around. Every now and then I would meet a few pilgrims along the way and talk briefly, or when I stopped for some fresh orange juice and a potatoe patata I would meet new people. But all except one day I walked alone. It was perfect for me. Then I would arrive early afternoon at the albergue, shower and eat with new friends. I arrived in Santiago on April 27th. Now, here is the strange part. I heard about pilgrims coming from Sarria (the last 100k) would be walking like herds of cattle into Santiago. And when you have been used to walking mostly alone, enjoying solitude, forests, birds singing.......well, I was afraid. :C But, I guess it was because I started early, I didn't really witness any of that. My last albergue before entering Santiago was a little over 4k away. I left in the early morning.....walked thru town (not seeing one pilgrim). I arrived in the square in Santiago at 7:00am. The only one at the square, standing in front of the Cathedral. Just me.......It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It just broke me. Amazing .....
    To answer your question, if you would experience burn out by starting to train now. Well, it probably depends on how much training you are doing. You say that you are fit already. I turned 65 while on the Camino. I started training 10 months prior. I did a lot of hill training and walked a few hours almost daily with my pack. I threw in a 5 hour walk once a week with my pack. About a month before I left, I felt a tinge of burn out, so I cut back a little. Helped a great deal. Amy, I felt pretty fit by the time I left, but nothing really prepares you for the accumulative walking every day for many hours. The first two weeks were painful to me. Legs, knees and feet hurt. Trouble sleeping at first. I didn't take any pain meds at all. Ha, if I did it again, I think I would. :D But that pain was all part of the Camino experience. After I got my walking legs.....no pain, and it was wonderful! You didn't state how long that you have to walk. If you can just take your time, and listen to your body, you won't have any problem. Enjoy the planning! Buen Camino
     
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    Thank you so much for your kind words and your thoughts. I will continue to research both routes and see what fate tells me. The "research" is such a great way to get excited.

    I live in the Pacific Northwest of the US and there are a ton of hiking opportunities here so most weekends I will do at least one long walk - 15-24km and during the week I try to walk every day for 10-15km. Great advice to carry equivalent Camino weight when I am training. And the shoe advice.

    Thank you so much for the warm welcome... I look forward to chatting more

    Cheers
    Amy
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Amy - Welcome to the Forum. The information you find here will not only get your prepared to walk, but it will also increase your anticipation for this very unique experience.

    Although I can’t speak to the Camino del Norte, I did walk the Francés in the month of May when you intend to pilgrimage. It was crowded! However, it was still very manageable. The first few days to Pamplona seemed the busiest, but after that the pilgrims seems to spread out more. Although there were times when there did seem to be quite a few people on the trail, there were certainly many other times when one could enjoy the peacefulness of walking alone. For those of us who like early mornings, that was the best time on the trail both in regard to other walkers and cooler temperatures. There can be a “bed rush” during any of the busy times on the Camino. I found that stopping early in the afternoon meant that I was usually one of the first ones to the Albergues. Not knowing what to expect, I had beds reserved most of the way so it allowed me to go at my pace without any worry regarding finding accomodations. It worked out great. I’d walk in the month of May again any time.

    Regarding training, it’s never too early to get in shape. The better condition you are in, the easier this long walk will be and the more enjoyment you’ll have particularly on the tougher days. Exercise is part of my daily routine. What this means is that I’m ready to do a Camino without any special physical preparation. But, if you don’t exercise regularly, don’t start out with a crazy enthusiasm whereby you’re likely to hurt yourself. If you’re not experienced in this realm, hook up with a personal trainer and have them help you create an exercise plan. For me at home, just walking is very time consumming and doesn't allow me to reach the fitness goals that I’ve set for myself. Therefore, I find a combination of running, cycling, high intensity exercise classes, and weight lifting raise my level of fitness to where I can entertain activities like the CF without any particular preparation (by the way, I’m 67 years young). The only special thing I do is shortly before walking is get my shoulders used to carrying a weighted backpack (I like hiking with a weight vest that weighs more than the pack I intend to carry). However, begin gradually and don’t push yourself so hard that you either burn out or injure yourself. Create a plan and you’ll be good to go come May 2019. It’ll be an exciting year for your preparing for Your Camino! Buen Camino!
     
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