a VirtualTourist member from Cape Town
hi, what is a MUSt to take with me? Where do hikers normally stay? can I get food and toilet facilities along the way?
How long are you going for, are you doing it all in one go ? Difficult to answer without knowing all that. It is recommended that as a woman you should not exceed 10/15% of your body weight in a backpack. Where are you starting from ? France ?? I am doing part of it in May from Le Puy. A lot of pilgrims don't bother to book when they are going solo. On this part of the route that I have looked at there are gites, hotels, b+b's, maximum distance between two stopping places is 19 kms. Send me a VT message and I'll let you know roughly what I am taking for 12 days.
There are many many books and websites which will give you all the info you need to know about walking the Camino. Just Google up Santiago de Compostela and you will be overwhelmed by the mountains of info to be had. Here on VT I would heartily recommend the Camino pages written by globetrott (Michael) He has travelled the Camino by foot and motorised transport and has written some wonderful tales of his travels there. Please do not think that you can just turn up and walk the Camino without doing your homework thoroughly. Read as much as you can. Soak it all up, you will be glad you did.
If you are properly prepared, you are going to have the experience of a lifetime. I envy you and only wish that I had done it when I was young enough and fit enough to do so. I did it by car back in 2002 but as much as I enjoyed it, I was all the time wishing that I was walking with the pilgrims. Good luck and enjoy!
Take as less things as you can, you do not need many things
You can get anything in the Camino
You find Albergues in all the Camino , they are basic and you pay very little , you can not make reservations
As an alternative you have hotels, hostels where you pay a bit more , but you are more comfortable
One recommendation to avoid blisters on your feet .
Before putting your socks in the morning put some "vaseline" on them
Buen viaje !!!
I am going to suggest you do something radical. Read another forum!!!!
Please go to http://www.caminodesantiago.me/board and read through tthe 1000s of postings about all of the Camino routes. There you willl find all of the information you are looking for.
Where are you starting? How much of the route are you hiking? As above, take as little as possible. We met many pilgrims last spring when we were in the area. Some had rented donkeys to help with their packs. They all were wearing their scallop shells. All the towns where we saw pilgrims had special lodgings for them and they did not need to be booked ahead. You will not be lonely. ;^)
Good luck and enjoy your trip.
Don't know if you have noticed Sally , but the naughty "thumbs-down" rater is out and about again on this thread
But they are being watched . . . ;^)
Thank you everybody! It certainly was helpful and I like all the advice and appreciate it. I am hoping to make lasting friendships on this trip too! I will be going in September 2013.
I will go in September and we will start south of france. Details I must still get. I don't intend taking much. Thank you so much for the advice! I love you guys!
If you are leaving from Le Puy, I'll be able to give you some hints on places to stay, as I am going in May.
Are you on your own or with a group or just two of you ?
For now we will be a group of fellow South Africans. What are you going to take with you Paul? Have you done it before? I love walking, so I would like to know if there are other walks similiar to this one?
I've sent her a packet of info by PM yesterday Sally, with all the necessary on the FFRP, the governing body of trails in France and the 50000 (fifty thousand) kms of waymarked trails. To add to your bike trail tip, pretty soon you'll be able to ride on towpaths and trails from St. Malo to the Atlantic on the S-W coast.
Good for you Paul. That should be a big help to her. The French hiking trails are wonderful; wish we had such an extensive network here.l
Thank you Sally! Hm, perhaps I can do a trail on horseback instead of a bicycle.
The Compostelle trails will allow you to do it on a donkey, just need to work out your stopping places with our four legged friends (not dogs). Close to Le Puy en Velay you can actually rent a donkey for the trip.
You can rent donkeys in Conques too. I suspect there are a few places along the various routes. Paul, can you take horses on the GR trails? Somehow that would surprise me.
Yes, horses, donkeys and other animals on two legs. Obviously though, according to my topo-guide for the Le Puy route, there are a couple of sections that are very steep and not suitable for horses and you have to go round. Also some farmers although allowing pedestrian traffic will not allow horses either. But there are plenty of ways round on this route and there are plenty of places to stay with a horse. Donkeys are different in the sense that normally they are for carrying your gear, not for riding.
If you understand Spanish , here is an article that appeared today in the news paper
if you want details about using a horse maybe this will be of help.
Thank you! I got such a lot of information. And I am watching the movie "The Way" to get a good idea of what I can see along the way. It is so cool!
Nah, not a donkey. BTW, do I put vaseline between my toes and heels and all over? Very thick.?
I do like cycling. Who knows, if I find like minded ppl, I might try it with them>
Vaseline goes all over and is rubbed in, doesn't have to be thick at all or it defeats the object.