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Alternative Bike Roads Posted

Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by Cecee, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Cecee

    Cecee New Member

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    I will be biking the Camino leaving in ten days. For the past two years and up until 3 days ago, it was my intention to walk the Camino. Due to unforeseen physical issues, the walk is now not possible.
    Considering all of my equipment is for walking (haven't sat on a bike in 10 years and not incredibly healthy), I'm still going to just get on the plane with what I have, rent a bike and take a leap of faith.
    My concerns are that I will not be able to climb big hills with my bike (not due to lack of confidence - I just know my bodies limitations.) I will be staring in Pamplona.
    Also, considering my lack of skill on a bike, I am worried about injuring another pilgrim with my "klutzy" ways.
    Finally to the question:
    Are all the bike routes or alternative routes marked or will I have to learn how to read a road map and in Spanish no doubt?- YIKES
    For those who feel the need to warn me about the possible failures, please don't.
    I have no disillusions that it will be one of the most physically trying things I've ever done...but failing to try is not an option.
     
  2. biarritzdon

    biarritzdon Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    Some have been marked by bikers, I know that for a fact from Castrojeriz to Itero de Vega so you can avoid the big hill there. The Michelin guide is the best map for doing a biking Camino, it shows routes adjacent to the path. I have NOT done it on a bike, so I am not the expert.
     
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    Micah26 Active Member Donating Member

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    Cecee,
    I admire your tenacity. My friend had cancer loved to be active and bike. She got a bike her last year that had a battery which helped her get over the hills or coast if she was too exhausted. Could this also be an option for you? I wish you well and buen Camino!
     
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    Cecee New Member

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    Thank you. Have you seen Michelin guides there? It's to late for me to order one now.
     
  5. Cecee

    Cecee New Member

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    Thank you for your comment. I'm already feeling guilty for biking the route (not what I had in mind) but to add a battery and not use my own power Iwould really bother me. It would be a great idea for some though.
     
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    biarritzdon Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    No, I have not. It is the trail guide and my version is in English. I guess you could start a new thread and ask the Forum or possibility contact Ivar.
     
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    Cecee where are you travelling from? I've just received my Michelin guide in the mail and it's a gem. If you are in Australia I could send it to you by express post and you'd have it in time I think.
    I'm not going until September so have time to get another.
     
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    That is very kind of you to offer. I will be traveling from Canada so I don't think I would receive it in time. Postal Services here are notoriously slow.
    I think I will step out of my comfort zone and ask for help on the Camino, if the need arises.
    If your response is any indication of what kindness will be offered by strangers, I should have not problem.
     
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