Author Topic: El Camino de Santiago.....The Way.....A walking across Spain.  (Read 297 times)

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On August the 5th 2015 my girlfriend and I, along with another couple will travel from Florida, USA to France to start the Camino.  It actually starts in the Pyrenees but then after one day crosses over into Spain.

I had never heard about the Camino until I saw this movie a year or so ago with Martin Sheen called "The Way" directed by his son Emilio Estavez and said after watching it that one day I would do this, a bucket list sort of thing. Well its going to happen very shortly.



Depending on ones fitness the Camino takes 30 some days to walk...490 miles. 

This is such an out of the box vacation, if you can call it that..... I just dont know what to expect and thats probably the point.  I am excited to return to Europe where I grew up between the UK and Majorca, Spain.

Anyone here walked the Camino, heard about it or ever thought about doing it?
« Last Edit: July 28, 2015, 03:48:00 PM by Julio Di Benedetto »

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Re: El Camino de Santiago.....The Way.....A walking across Spain.
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2015, 07:06:20 PM »
Never heard of it. But it sounds like fun--and a challenge. Good luck! I hope you have a great time.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 03:40:05 PM »
Looks like an amazing trip Julio. I hope you keep an online blog of your trip so we can all follow your progress.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2015, 03:01:48 AM »
A mighty wander Julio, hope you take sufficient buttys ! 490 miles is way out of my league - more like 15 miles a week !

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2015, 05:17:14 AM »
Apparently 250.000 people walk the Camino a year.  Not an isolated wilderness trek.  Its said one of the best things on the Camino is the people you meet along the way.  Thats true in life.

A challenge it will be Chris....Ive done some training but it seems the Camino trains you as you go and other than the Pyrenees section which is suppose to be the hardest its rolling spanish countryside after that.

A blog is an interesting idea Loren....Im bringing my camera.  Lets see if its technically possible.

No Buttys Pete but Pan con Tomate ;).....a little raw garlic and tomato rubbed into fresh crusty bread with thin sliced of Jamon Serrano, like proscuitto.

Thanks for your comments.


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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2015, 07:03:18 AM »
Wow! Great thing to attempt, Julio. Excellent !
It's going to be hot  !!!

Reminds me that La Vuelta a Espaņa is later in August, last of the three big cycle races.

Do people ever cycle the Camino, I wonder?
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2015, 08:28:07 AM »
It will be hot APK, but I dont think as brutal as Im used to down here in south Florida where the fish can breathe the air because of the extreme humidity. :o   Daytime temps in northern spain  in August seem to run in the 80's and night can drop 20 degrees.  Hopefully this summer climate in Florida has toughened me up some.

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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2015, 09:47:57 AM »
Best wishes for endless endurance and open hearted happiness on your journey Julio!

My wife and I have many albums by Canadian fiddler Oliver Schroer but our most loved and most played one is Camino, which he recorded in churches while walking the trail himself. I'm sure you'll connect too. Here's a link to a very good article about his journey with his friend photographer Peter Coffman and their wives.

http://www.pilgrimroads.com/2011/02/music-and-life-the-road-and-photography/

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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2015, 12:20:31 PM »
Thanks so much for the link Scott.  I was just at Oliver Schroer's website listening to his Camino album streamed from his labels website while reading his Camino journals..Wow, I dont want to read or listen too much until I get back.
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2015, 12:57:34 PM »
Sounds like quite a marathon.  Best of luck with it!  Maybe you could bring back some cool environmental recordings to use on a future album project.

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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2015, 01:33:07 PM »
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No Buttys Pete but Pan con Tomate ;).....a little raw garlic and tomato rubbed into fresh crusty bread with thin sliced of Jamon Serrano, like proscuitto.

That sounds like a dead posh sarnie to me !

A blog would be a cool idea, I enjoyed reading Robert Rich's tour blogs he did.

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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2015, 02:41:03 PM »
Hi Forrest...the thought of field recording most definitely occurred to me but there is always the issue of weight, the backpack should be at about 10% of ones body weight.  The cameras a must!  Possibly some pictures for album covers. Hey if theres room and weight is not an issue Im going to seriously consider it.

Thanks....Julio
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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2015, 03:00:21 PM »
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No Buttys Pete but Pan con Tomate ;).....a little raw garlic and tomato rubbed into fresh crusty bread with thin sliced of Jamon Serrano, like proscuitto.

That sounds like a dead posh sarnie to me !

A blog would be a cool idea, I enjoyed reading Robert Rich's tour blogs he did.

Nah Pete, peasant food with a fancy name ;D  A Chip Butty would be just right after a long days walk but Id need a pint of bitter not a jug of Vino Tinto to go with it.

As the opportunity arises I will post here, Snaps off my phone with some commentary and more detail when we get to major towns with net cafes etc....if you see any ocean pictures you will know it did not work out and we have gone to Portugal to surf  ::)
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2015, 05:02:40 PM »
Good luck & Godspeed!  Can't wait to hear about the trip.

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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2015, 07:41:10 PM »
Thank you Dave....the excitement builds and whats somewhat disconcerting and yet refreshing is that we do not have flights back home.  I have to be back to work the first week of september but I dont know the place of departure....only at the end wherever that maybe will I know.

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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2015, 09:30:37 AM »
This is something I've wanted to do for years. I first read about it probably 20 years ago. I always hoped my wife's endurance would get better after her medical problems so we could go. Unfortunately it didn't. In our local newspaper quite some time ago, there was a weekly article written by a local of their experience walking the Camino. It always was on Sundays so I anxiously awaited the article and walked the Camino vicariously with him. My brother and sister-in-law are talking about going next year. I would love to go, also. Have a great trip and I look forward to reading your accounts and seeing your photos.
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2015, 05:14:51 PM »
Harry I do hope that you can be on the camino one day....perhaps next year with your brother as you say.

Bueno Camino!