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Jacko 1958

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Camino(s) past & future
2020
Hi all thinking of walking the Camino the French Way in September and doing it in 20 days anyone got any views or advice ?? Cheers Ian
 

Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
Hi all thinking of walking the Camino the French Way in September and doing it in 20 days anyone got any views or advice ?? Cheers Ian
It would help if you tell us where you intend to start on the Camino Frances. If you are planning to walk from Saint Jean Pied de Port then you would have to average about 40km per day. If you are accustomed to walking very long days that may not sound excessive but the cumulative effect day-after-day can be punishing on the body. Stress fractures are a serious risk. You should also be prepared to be challenged by others who view your plans as being out of keeping with the spirit of a pilgrimage. I usually average about 30km per day on a longer journey and have quite often been told that I cannot do so and be a real pilgrim....
 

Jacko 1958

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020
Hi
It would help if you tell us where you intend to start on the Camino Frances. If you are planning to walk from Saint Jean Pied de Port then you would have to average about 40km per day. If you are accustomed to walking very long days that may not sound excessive but the cumulative effect day-after-day can be punishing on the body. Stress fractures are a serious risk. You should also be prepared to be challenged by others who view your plans as being out of keeping with the spirit of a pilgrimage. I usually average about 30km per day on a longer journey and have quite often been told that I cannot do so and be a real pilgrim....
Hi have walked the Coast to Coast 192 miles in 13 days and The Pennine Way 274 miles in 12 days.Will be walking for 3 Charities so I feel if people know that your pushing yourself then maybe are more likely to Sponsor ??Cheers Ian
 

Jacko 1958

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020
It would help if you tell us where you intend to start on the Camino Frances. If you are planning to walk from Saint Jean Pied de Port then you would have to average about 40km per day. If you are accustomed to walking very long days that may not sound excessive but the cumulative effect day-after-day can be punishing on the body. Stress fractures are a serious risk. You should also be prepared to be challenged by others who view your plans as being out of keeping with the spirit of a pilgrimage. I usually average about 30km per day on a longer journey and have quite often been told that I cannot do so and be a real pilgrim....
Ps will be starting from St Jean
 

steve 217

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances planning via del la plata
Hi Jacko

Clearly given your earlier walks the distance wont be a problem, but the risk you run is not only as suggested stress fractures but equally missing the best part of the Camino ,simply taking your time to smell the flowers and appreciating what a wonderful thing it is and how lucky we are if we can indulge ourselves, by simply putting one foot in front of the other and simply being in the moment.
Good luck and Buen camino
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
Hi all thinking of walking the Camino the French Way in September and doing it in 20 days anyone got any views or advice ?? Cheers Ian
It depends on your goals. My husband and I walked our first Camino in 24 days from St Jean and although it was easy for us we came back the next year to walk more typical stages because we felt we missed part of the Camino experience. A big mistake 😱 because now we come back every year and twice a year the last three years. I walk my 10th and 11th this year. If you are walking the Camino for a challenge and an athletic event that is your choice. But walking the Camino is a life changing event so why hurry it.
 

GeorgeMacCready

New Member
If you are doing it as a walk or a challenge, I congratulate your ability. Go ahead, it is your camino. If you are doing it as a pilgrimage or even a historical tour, you will miss much that the camino has to offer. Again, it is your camino, do it as you want.
 

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