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Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
After 5 caminos over 6 years, I am going to have the immense pleasure (for the first time), of accompanying my wife on a 10 day segment of the VdlP from Seville to Merida at the beginning of May. But it’s complicated. All my caminos have been on a bike, and my wife has no interest in that; she’s a walker. I’m not - my knees won’t allow it. So we’ve come up with a hybrid plan. She’ll walk and I’ll ride and be the back-up mule. I can imagine me riding back and forth on the 25km stages, ferrying water and good cheer. Can’t wait.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be proud of who you are.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
After 5 caminos over 6 years, I am going to have the immense pleasure (for the first time), of accompanying my wife on a 10 day segment of the VdlP from Seville to Merida at the beginning of May. But it’s complicated. All my caminos have been on a bike, and my wife has no interest in that; she’s a walker. I’m not - my knees won’t allow it. So we’ve come up with a hybrid plan. She’ll walk and I’ll ride and be the back-up mule. I can imagine me riding back and forth on the 25km stages, ferrying water and good cheer. Can’t wait.
Wish you both a wonderful journey and a Buen Camino,Peter.
 

murraydv

Via de la Plata / Sanabres / Camino de Levante
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Via de la Plata (2018).
Starting Camino de Levante (2019).
After 5 caminos over 6 years, I am going to have the immense pleasure (for the first time), of accompanying my wife on a 10 day segment of the VdlP from Seville to Merida at the beginning of May. But it’s complicated. All my caminos have been on a bike, and my wife has no interest in that; she’s a walker. I’m not - my knees won’t allow it. So we’ve come up with a hybrid plan. She’ll walk and I’ll ride and be the back-up mule. I can imagine me riding back and forth on the 25km stages, ferrying water and good cheer. Can’t wait.
You are going to have a lot of spare time on your hands as you will be limited to cycling walking-distances. Bring a good book! Incidentally, I also have bad knees but I get cortisone injections about two weeks before hand and I never have even a hint of a problem on the Camino.
 

Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
You are going to have a lot of spare time on your hands as you will be limited to cycling walking-distances.
You can be sure that I've given some thought to this, Murray, and it IS going to be an interesting experiment. I would be reluctant to try it on a typical long camino. My wife is quite nervous about her ability to walk the distances involved so my support role is obviously crucial. I anticipate doing frequent "boomerang" legs, a few km ahead and back, so I'll probably end up doing a reasonable distance.
I'm wondering if anyone else has done this.
As for the knees, it's more than 10 years since a specialist told me that I'm virtually operating bone-on-bone. I still marvel at my ability to ride, but of course it's a no-impact form of exercise.
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
When my father-in-law was recovering from spinal surgery we would go out walking - that is to say, I would walk and he was on his recumbent trike. He would nip off ahead for a while and come pedalling back to me with a big grin on his face. Some people might be frustrated by this but I sense you are really going as a team and will be a great support. Maybe take a look at @Paladina 's profile pic for inspiration! Just don't pull over and take a nap under a tree waiting for her to catch up - you know what happened to the hare.
 

Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
They’re my great-grandparents. It’s probably just a studio photo, but it inspires me to go further.
Wow! I don't think I'd ever get my wife over the Conor Pass sitting on the rear pannier-rack!
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018), Mozarabe and more (2019)
I have a similar one of my great grandparents, taken in their back garden :).

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Buen camino!
Jill
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains - and perhaps a bit of excess baggage on the way.
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018), Mozarabe and more (2019)
Wow! I don't think I'd ever get my wife over the Conor Pass sitting on the rear pannier-rack!
No, you’d need a hefty Dutch roadster and a Dutch cycle path - something the Camino does not provide!
 

Tazz

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances/Finisterre 2016/5
San Salvador/Primitivo 2017/5
Frances/Finisterre 2018/5
Tomar/SDC (2019)
Congratulations

In May 2016 I walked with my oldest daughter.
This May I will walk with my younger daughter.
In May 2020 I will walk with my youngest child (son).
My wife and I will walk together shortly thereafter as she wanted me to have one on one time with each child.

I hope you share some great memories and I'm certain she will appreciate why you enjoy the Camino so much.

Jamie
 

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