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Beginning from SJPdP on June 5-anyone else?

LynneR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF '16, '18
Hello,
After several posts asking questions (thank you for the help, by the way), I booked my flight. If all goes as planned, I will begin the CF from SJPdP on June 5th. I am wondering if anyone else is planning around this time. I like to know there are familiar pilgrims around me-especially at the beginning.

I have walked two partial Caminos. The second time, from Burgos, I went alone. I met people, but I remember the loneliness I felt for days at the beginning. This time I am solo for the full 500 miles and I am freaking out a bit about that!!! So I decided to throw out this message in case I can make someone's acquaintance.

Thank you!
 

Bear

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Frances 2012.
Future: Camino Frances 2020
Not too far ahead of you as my wife and I start on 2nd June.
Buen Camino
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019)
Why freak out? I would recommend staying at Bellari which takes reservations I think and is just across from the pilgrim office. They have a very warm and welcoming albergue with a circle discussion before the communal meal where everyone speaks for a few moments and then a great communal dinner. You will surely meet some nice people. If they are booked go look on Gronze.com or here about other albergues that are not too big and also have a communal meal. One thing I learned staying in an albergue at the beginning of a camino is that there are lots of first timers freaking out looking to talk to an experienced pilgrim. They want advice and someone to talk to and most of all just to be heard. One thing I love to do is when I meet a new pilgrim with a huge pack is to go through the pack with them and show them all the things they brought that they should leave behind. The way is long enough and hard enough without all that extra weight! It is lots of fun and laughs. You have experience so reach out to a new pilgrim and I am sure you will have no problems at all. When you are walking a Buen Camino and a How are you? Can often do the trick to start a lifetime friendship. Even if it is just for an hour.
 

Camineiro

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
several
Hehe 😄 ... anyone?

You will meet more than a hundred pilgrims starting at SJPdP the same day.

Stay overnight at any albergue (I’d recommend Beilari) the night before and you will meet plenty of peregrinos.
Making friends for the rest of your pilgrimage (may be for life).

Starting from SJPdP is different than starting from e.g. Burgos or any other place on the way.
Pilgrims leaving from SJPdP haven‘t formed their cloud of pilgrim family yet.
It all begins in the pyrenees while pilgrims in Burgos are walking together for many days already.

Don‘t worry ...

Buen camino
 
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Mary Doll

Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Hello,
After several posts asking questions (thank you for the help, by the way), I booked my flight. If all goes as planned, I will begin the CF from SJPdP on June 5th. I am wondering if anyone else is planning around this time. I like to know there are familiar pilgrims around me-especially at the beginning.

I have walked two partial Caminos. The second time, from Burgos, I went alone. I met people, but I remember the loneliness I felt for days at the beginning. This time I am solo for the full 500 miles and I am freaking out a bit about that!!! So I decided to throw out this message in case I can make someone's acquaintance.

Thank you!
Hi Lynne
I’ll be 2 days behind you, leaving Saint Jean on 7th June. I’m also walking alone but I’m sure I’ll meet plenty of people all feeling just as nervous as me on the first day.
Buen Camino
Marie
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
June is a great month to walk the Frances. When I did it in June the weather was absolutely perfect the entire route. Light to medium bit of rain on only two days.
buen Camino and ultreia
 

LynneR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF '16, '18
Hehe 😄 ... anyone?

You will meet more than a hundred pilgrims starting at SJPdP the same day.

Stay overnight at any albergue (I’d recommend Beilari) the night before and you will meet plenty of peregrinos.
Making friends for the rest of your pilgrimage (may be for life).

Starting from SJPdP is different than starting from e.g. Burgos or any other place on the way.
Pilgrims leaving from SJPdP haven‘t formed their cloud of pilgrim family yet.
It all begins in the pyrenees while pilgrims in Burgos are walking together for many days already.

Don‘t worry ...

Buen camino
Thanks
Yes, so true. I know there will be many pilgrims. Just hoping to connect early with someone...
 

Molly Cassidy

Travelling light
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to start the Camino Frances from St Jean at the end of May (2020).
Thanks
Yes, so true. I know there will be many pilgrims. Just hoping to connect early with someone...
I'm leaving from St Jean Pied de Port on 27th May, but I'll be going very slowly so I expect you'll catch me up.
 

binhpac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Camino Frances
2020 Planned Camino Frances
I cant wait to be back on the trail.

I'd love to start in June, but because June has much more rainy days than July i still consider July to walk.
Some mountain trails are just messy when it rains and also for drying your clothes its better to have more sunny days.
Also the whole Corona thing is hopefully done by that time. I really doubt it by now. :(

This year the summer in europe seems to be warmer than last year from what i researched. If so, i'd be also starting in June, just because i cant wait till July. haha

Dont worry for being alone, its best to connect with other pilgrims and also you dont have ties to find your own pace.

Buen Camino.
 

kryan5280

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
May/June 2020
(Cross fingers) I will be staying at Beilari on May 29 starting out from SJPdP on May 30. Walking alone as well. Hope to say hello to you all! :) Warm regards!
 

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