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Building Le Puy itinerary. Thoughts and suggestions?

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michael heitzman

^^^That's me
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (June 2016)
Howdy everyone, I'm currently building my itinerary for my upcoming trip (June) from Le Puy to SJPP where I'll continue on to Santiago. From what I've been reading this first leg of the trip will not be able to be as spontaneous as the trip through Spain so I'm planning my stages through France accordingly with each town I'll be stopping in and the gites/auberges that I'll attempting to be booking from here in the States.

So far I've bought a map that is absolutely worthless because it's missing 3/4 of towns on the Le Puy route but I'm making the most of it. I ordered a copy of the Miam Miam Dodo, unfortunately that won't arrive for another two weeks and I can't wait to get this planned out. With that said I would love any and all suggestions/tips/considerations for each town and gite I'll be staying. Nothing is set in stone and would like to build my itinerary based off of suggestions.

I'll be building my itinerary in sections so be sure to check back periodically if you'd like. Here goes:

Day 1: Le Puy ~ Gite d'etape Les Capuchins or Gite d'etape Le Relaise du Pelerin Saint Jacques
Day 2: Montbonnet (17.2km) ~ Gite d'etape L'escoles
Day 3: Saugues (26.1km) ~ Gite d'etape Le Chalet du Pelerin
Day 4: Les Faux (26.5km) ~ Gite d'etape L'Oustal de Parent
Day 5 Aumont-Aubrac (21.4km) ~ ???
 

BShea

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(9/2013) Le Puy
(5/2015) CF
(5/2016) Le Puy
(5/2017) CF
(9/2017) Le Puy
(9/2019) RL Stevenson

michael heitzman

^^^That's me
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (June 2016)
In addition to the Michelin Chemins de Compostelle Le Puy-en-Velay -> Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, here's what I'm using...
http://www.godesalco.com/plan/podense
http://www.gronze.com/camino-de-santiago/camino-le-puy/etapa-1-le-puy-en-velay-saint-privat-dallier
http://chemindecompostelle.com/Selection/CarteFrance.html
Hope these links work and I hope it's what you're looking for and they help you in your planning. Bon chemin!
Thanks. I've been using all three of those to get my information straight with a lot of help from Google translate.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
Read the blogs of pilgrims who have walked the Le Puy route - most of us have the URL link in our signature block. Kiwinomad's blog is what got me started.
 

michael heitzman

^^^That's me
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (June 2016)
Read the blogs of pilgrims who have walked the Le Puy route - most of us have the URL link in our signature block. Kiwinomad's blog is what got me started.
Thank you. I already scoped out your wordpress and packing tips. I'm lurking hard these days. Time to lurk on kiwinomad.
 

billmclaughlin

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP/Burgos 2012; Le Puy/SJPP 2013; Aumont Aubrac/Aire sur l'Adour 2014; Burgos/Santiago 2016.
I'd suggest you stop planning. You can manage quite well booking a day ahead or even not at all. If you feel the need to block out your first nights, a few reservations make sense. Le Puy and the first four stages is more than sufficient. After that let your feet and the weather and your fellow trekkers help you out.

I say this as someone who is by nature a planner. I tend to make backup plans for my plans. But I learned quickly that this just wasn't necessary on the Le Puy route. Just know how much time you have and what your average daily distance should be.
 

michael heitzman

^^^That's me
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (June 2016)
I'd suggest you stop planning. You can manage quite well booking a day ahead or even not at all. If you feel the need to block out your first nights, a few reservations make sense. Le Puy and the first four stages is more than sufficient. After that let your feet and the weather and your fellow trekkers help you out.

I say this as someone who is by nature a planner. I tend to make backup plans for my plans. But I learned quickly that this just wasn't necessary on the Le Puy route. Just know how much time you have and what your average daily distance should be.
I'm a very spontaneous person, often going on trips with less than a day of preparation. I was stunned by the beauty of the Le Puy route and knew that's where I had to start my Camino but as I delved into all the information that's out there I found out that it's quite different and I might be stuck without a place to stay. I've been reading that it's a holy year so expect more traffic and I'll be going during peak season. I'm not taking a sleeping bag or tent so I'd hate to be left outside somewhere. From what I gathered it's a necessity to book ahead for most of the Le Puy route.
 

rdinap

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013
Chemin St. Jacques 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Camino Primitivo 2017
I'd recommend you go to St. Privat day 2, otherwise it will be a very long walk to Sauges from Montbonnet with a nasty hill (one of the hardest along the route) right after Monistrol. Best to get that hill over with early when you're still fresh. Also, I'd recommend continuing on past Les Faux to La Sauvage. Very cool old stone building next to a pond at the edge of a huge pasture of rolling hills. Beautiful. One of the best evenings and nights I had on the route.
 

michael heitzman

^^^That's me
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (June 2016)
I'd recommend you go to St. Privat day 2, otherwise it will be a very long walk to Sauges from Montbonnet with a nasty hill (one of the hardest along the route) right after Monistrol. Best to get that hill over with early when you're still fresh. Also, I'd recommend continuing on past Les Faux to La Sauvage. Very cool old stone building next to a pond at the edge of a huge pasture of rolling hills. Beautiful. One of the best evenings and nights I had on the route.
I appreciate the advice. I would like to cover as much ground as possible without burning myself out. If I stayed in St. Privat I think it would be too short of day. Perhaps I should stay on Monistrol instead? Also according to my maps Les Faux is several kilometers past Le Sauvage. Maybe on the next time through I can stop by there. If I decided on Monistrol, any recommendations?
 

rdinap

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013
Chemin St. Jacques 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Camino Primitivo 2017
Michael, I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. In 2014 we did the following for the , which worked out well with each day pretty manageable:
Le Puy - St. Privat
St. Privat - Sauges
Sauges - La Savauge
La Savage - Amont Aubrac
We went further, from Amont Aubrac to St. Chenly, (which was really long and the cow pastures endless) and then to St. Come d'Olt. I think I confused Les Faux with La Clauze. My apologies.
 

michael heitzman

^^^That's me
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (June 2016)
Michael, I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. In 2014 we did the following for the , which worked out well with each day pretty manageable:
Le Puy - St. Privat
St. Privat - Sauges
Sauges - La Savauge
La Savage - Amont Aubrac
We went further, from Amont Aubrac to St. Chenly, (which was really long and the cow pastures endless) and then to St. Come d'Olt. I think I confused Les Faux with La Clauze. My apologies.
No apology needed. I figured you probably meant another town or something. Any insight is greatly appreciated!
 

El Greco

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012)
Le Puy Route & CF (May 2016)
Howdy everyone, I'm currently building my itinerary for my upcoming trip (June) from Le Puy to SJPP where I'll continue on to Santiago. From what I've been reading this first leg of the trip will not be able to be as spontaneous as the trip through Spain so I'm planning my stages through France accordingly with each town I'll be stopping in and the gites/auberges that I'll attempting to be booking from here in the States.

So far I've bought a map that is absolutely worthless because it's missing 3/4 of towns on the Le Puy route but I'm making the most of it. I ordered a copy of the Miam Miam Dodo, unfortunately that won't arrive for another two weeks and I can't wait to get this planned out. With that said I would love any and all suggestions/tips/considerations for each town and gite I'll be staying. Nothing is set in stone and would like to build my itinerary based off of suggestions.

I'll be building my itinerary in sections so be sure to check back periodically if you'd like. Here goes:

Day 1: Le Puy ~ Gite d'etape Les Capuchins or Gite d'etape Le Relaise du Pelerin Saint Jacques
Day 2: Montbonnet (17.2km) ~ Gite d'etape L'escoles
Day 3: Saugues (26.1km) ~ Gite d'etape Le Chalet du Pelerin
Day 4: Les Faux (26.5km) ~ Gite d'etape L'Oustal de Parent
Day 5 Aumont-Aubrac (21.4km) ~ ???
Hi Michael and Buen Camino!

I am planning to walk the same route as yours and hopefully make it to SDC, although I'll head off a month earlier than you (End of April, beginning of May).

Will follow this thread as there might be some great advice and suggestions, as in the entire forum :)
 

michael heitzman

^^^That's me
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (June 2016)
Hi Michael and Buen Camino!

I am planning to walk the same route as yours and hopefully make it to SDC, although I'll head off a month earlier than you (End of April, beginning of May).

Will follow this thread as there might be some great advice and suggestions, as in the entire forum :)
Hey, El Greco and Buen Camino!

Let me know how that goes. I keep hearing that the Camino changes a bit year to year and would love your thoughts on it when it's complete. I'm hoping for more people to chime in but at the same time I like the idea of it being completely foreign and not knowing what to expect. Safe travels.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Geneva to Irun then Norte to SDC 2015, Piemont Pyreneen 2018
Hello Michael
I walked that last year but then followed the Norte to SDC. The first day out of Le Puy was to Monistrol where there is a very unwelcoming looking from the outside Accueil but very comfortable on the inside. It is at the bottom of a steep hill. Just follow the goat path down from the road. Also a very good restaurant in the village called Pain du Sucre. Good pizza.
I won't list every place I stayed because you will find your way. I never booked in advance. On another thread I mentioned several instances of people going out of their way to either accommodate me or find accommodation if the gite was full. Also, don't be afraid to occasionally go "hors chemin" off the path when you see a sign for a private chambres d'hote. I stayed at several which were just beautiful. The owners very helpful and generous and I was able to get a good nights sleep - no snorers.
bon chemin
 

SusanReneGr65

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Le Puy Fall 2015
Hi Michael,
We traveled in October and we were very glad that we had booked ahead as many places were closed for the season, both accommodation and restaurants/food shops.
The spontaneity which you are looking for will be easier in June.
I've attached our final travel document. Perhaps it will be useful for you.
Susan and René.
 

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