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Anyone done a Camino Frances with someone with limited mobility

Socalgal

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HI there, I am planning on doing some of the Camino Frances with a family member with MS. He can only walk 3 miles per day. I am thinking of us walking the 3 miles then getting some sort of transportation to the next stage. Any ideas from those of you who have attempted the Frances like this?
 
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nycwalking

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HI there, I am planning on doing some of the Camino Frances with a family member with MS. He can only walk 3 miles per day. I am thinking of us walking the 3 miles then getting some sort of transportation to the next stage. Any ideas from those of you who have attempted the Frances like this?

Reach out to Penny Kingma on this forum.

She has MS and a Compostela

Also, If you go to Rome2rio.com.

Put in starting location and destination for the day.

The route will show you stops along the way.

Pick astop about 4, 6, or 8 minutes from the day’s destination and walk from there.

Or, walk to a bus stop, a few miles out then bus to destination.

Just make certain you map it out.

You don’t want to start walking, tire along the way, and a few kilometers from assistance.

There may be some towns with limited bus service.

In that case take a taxi.

This is doable.

Just takes planning.

Buen camino.
 
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scruffy1

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Where ever you do stop also consult with the hospitilaire, the reception desk, or the casa rurale manager as to bus times a-n-d the name and phone number of a reliable local taxi driver. There are often many business cards and adertisements for taxis and drivers as you enter but best to ask for a recommendation.
 
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I did a "slow Camino" trip last year with two ladies.
One walked most of the stages.
One could only walk a VERY short distance and bussed or taxied the rest of the way each day.
I broke the stages up into about 8-10 K and they walked from Sarria to Santiago (not from SJPP).
It shouldn't be difficult to do with a good guidebook. You may have to book private lodging in some places if you're using pack transport. I'm not sure what this means in terms of the Compostela. My lady who walked each step got hers. The other lady didn't but didn't care. She got a Certificate of Distance, I believe. I didn't go to the Pilgrim Office with her so I'm not sure, but she seemed satisfied.
 

JabbaPapa

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HI there, I am planning on doing some of the Camino Frances with a family member with MS. He can only walk 3 miles per day. I am thinking of us walking the 3 miles then getting some sort of transportation to the next stage. Any ideas from those of you who have attempted the Frances like this?

3 miles/day sounds great, and if it's any help, the handicapped may legitimately use motor assistance, and their accompanying pilgrims/guides may even go so far as to use cars and such legitimately along the pilgrimage for any religious/Compostela certificate purposes.

But bring some good documentation showing the handicap, and I'd suggest trying to obtain for yourself a letter from a priest supporting your purpose of assistance towards your friend and his own pilgrimage. Then focus on helping your friend and letting him help you, and you can have a great Camino !!!

Possibly grab a lightweight sports wheelchair for him so that he can experience a bit more of the Camino than he can walk ?
 

Socalgal

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Thanks for taking the time to give some input on my dilemma everyone. Any other suggestions welcomed too.....
 

tjb1013

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Frances (2017)
Portugués (2019)
I've got drop foot in both feet and require ankle-foot orthotics to walk. Without them (primarily in bathrooms and showers), it's a struggle.

On the Frances in 2017 (from SJPP) and the Portuguese in 2019 (from Porto) there were very few showers and baths equipped for disabled access outside the larger cities in the places I happened to stay. I took a plastic grip handle that affixes to smooth shower walls, and it came in handy. There are also a lot of places that have no shower hooks or benches to change on.

Where there were facilities for the disabled, I passed the "eye test" and did not require any documentation. :) This amounted to using a shower/toilet combo that was mostly out of use as a shower, or requesting a bottom bunk.

Many albergues have all their sleeping facilities upstairs, so being able to climb stairs is a requirement.

Alone among my Camino friends, I was grilled in the Compostela office about whether I had used motor vehicle transportation to complete the Camino in 2017 (again, probably because of the "eye test"), which I consider a second badge of honor with that Compostela!
 

Socalgal

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Norte 17
I've got drop foot in both feet and require ankle-foot orthotics to walk. Without them (primarily in bathrooms and showers), it's a struggle.

On the Frances in 2017 (from SJPP) and the Portuguese in 2019 (from Porto) there were very few showers and baths equipped for disabled access outside the larger cities in the places I happened to stay. I took a plastic grip handle that affixes to smooth shower walls, and it came in handy. There are also a lot of places that have no shower hooks or benches to change on.

Where there were facilities for the disabled, I passed the "eye test" and did not require any documentation. :) This amounted to using a shower/toilet combo that was mostly out of use as a shower, or requesting a bottom bunk.

Many albergues have all their sleeping facilities upstairs, so being able to climb stairs is a requirement.

Alone among my Camino friends, I was grilled in the Compostela office about whether I had used motor vehicle transportation to complete the Camino in 2017 (again, probably because of the "eye test"), which I consider a second badge of honor with that Compostela!
Thanks so much for your response.Very positive!
 
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DJ King

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I know there will be another in the not too distant future!
You may want to see if you can find the video "I'll Push You." A heartwarming story of two friends, one with a neurological disease, who did the Camino together.

Buen Camino to you both. I admire your courage and your family member's tenacity.
 

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