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Santiago de Compostela May/June 2008

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Bikemental, 17 Feb 2008.

  1. Bikemental

    Bikemental New Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    I am planning to cycle from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela in May 2008 over 7 - 10 days following the Camino route.
    We fly into Santander on 30 May and out of Santiago on 10 June.

    At the moment there are 2 of us planning to go. I would like a slightly bigger group - maybe 4 or 5.
    To give an idea of who we are. We are from Belfast. We are both male. I'm 49 and my friend is 40. Neither of us are particularly religious but it is a trip we have both always wanted to do. For us, the priority will be having fun and hopefully a lot of laughs along the way.
    If you are interested in joining us please get in touch.

    We are both reasonably fit but not obsessive cyclists and anyway I would prefer to do this trip at an enjoyable pace that gives time to stop and enjoy the view etc.

    It doesn't matter to us if you are 20 or 70, male, female or other - if you can stay upright on a bike for a few hours and enjoy a laugh you are welcome to join us.

    Cheers

    George
     
  2. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    I am not in a position to come with you, but my wife and I walked about 100 miles of the Camino about five years ago. We had wonderful holiday. There is a fantastic feelilng of cameraderie between the pilgrims and you get to see quite out of the way bits of Spain, with the scenery changing daily (even when walking).

    In short, I am sure you will have a great time!
     
  3. xilios

    xilios Über Member

    Location:
    Maastricht, NL
    We will also be heading to Santiago de Compostela but unfortunately we'll be flying out when you're flying in.
     
  4. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    are you camping or hotelling it?

    What bike are you on...fast road bikes or tourers?

    I'm in 2 minds...I might be able to do this...cost is an issue...
     
  5. jags

    jags Über Member

    cycled it in 2006 great trip last day was a killer 60 mile an hour head wind's lashed rain all the way into santiago man it was brilliant ,there are some mega climb's on that route,village's are beautyful love to go but other commitments .(ps,make sure you have plenty of water or your in direstraights)
     
  6. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    mega climbs, 60mph headwinds, no water....erm...no thanks then.
     
  7. jags

    jags Über Member

    we were just unlucky the last day we got the tail end of a storm,sorry about that bigtallfatbloke i suppose i did paint a bit of a bad picture there ,but it is a good trip honestly..
     
  8. Bikemental

    Bikemental New Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    We are using ATB's because we are following the walkers path.

    We will be doing around 30-35mpd. No big deal really.
    We want to have time to take it easy and socialise with others
    and generally have a good time.
    I've done the head down cover as many miles as possible in a day type tours but I think on balance I like to notice which country I'm in.

    So anybody up for it.

    George
     
  9. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    George please forgive my ignorance but what is an 'ATB' bike?

    Also the 'walkers path'...is that suitable for riding on a road bike/tourer?
     
  10. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    ATB = all terrain bike = mountain bike

    No, the walkers path isn't suitable for a tourer.
     
  11. will

    will Senior Member

  12. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Ok...oh well that counts me out 'cos I ride a tourer. Have a blast though!
     
  13. jags

    jags Über Member

    touring bike wont be a problem as long as you have good tyre's you will come across every kind of bike on the camino
     
  14. Bikemental

    Bikemental New Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    I don't think it's fair to say that a tourer would not be suitable.

    I think a mountain bike would be better but I know people have done it on tourers and hybrids.
    If there is a section which you don't feel comfortable riding you can always go on road for a bit or even walk.

    In otherwords, just say 'yes' and join us.
    You will enjoy it.

    George
     
  15. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    I have actually walked well over 100 miles of the walkers path and large chunks of it definitely aren't suitable for a Galaxy. For example one section that springs to mind goes through a boulder field, another goes between the vines in a vineyard. However, in many cases the road runs close to the walkers path.

    The standard route for bikes and horses is slightly different to the walker's path.