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Cycling the Via de la Plata in September .....if possible .

jony jony

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Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
I have cycled the Via de la plata 4 times now and swore i would never do it again , and to this end , i dumped all my cycle gear , helmet, shorts , tops and gloves in a re cycle bin in Santiago last year .
For the life of me i dont know why, but i need to do another last pilgrimage . If most things are almost back to normal by September then i will drive ( still dont fancy the plane trip )from the U K (Suffolk) to Salamanca park the car , take the Alsa bus down to Seville and again hire a bike from Triana and cycle back to Salamanca to collect the car and drive home .
The reason for this post is to see if anyone is interested in sharing the costs ? Only really space for one person , maybe two at a pinch .

As i have stated , i have already ridden this camino so it could be a nice way for anyone a little bit unsure of cycling on their own to do part of this fabulous camino . Of course all this is dependant of any Covid 19 issues in September but i find planning is all part of the joy of any camino is it not ?

Any questions then please ask away .
 
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Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
I have cycled the Via de la plata 4 times now and swore i would never do it again , and to this end , i dumped all my cycle gear , helmet, shorts , tops and gloves in a re cycle bin in Santiago last year .
For the life of me i dont know why, but i need to do another last pilgrimage . If most things are almost back to normal by September then i will drive ( still dont fancy the plane trip )from the U K (Suffolk) to Salamanca park the car , take the Alsa bus down to Seville and again hire a bike from Triana and cycle back to Salamanca to collect the car and drive home .
The reason for this post is to see if anyone is interested in sharing the costs ? Only really space for one person , maybe two at a pinch .

As i have stated , i have already ridden this camino so it could be a nice way for anyone a little bit unsure of cycling on their own to do part of this fabulous camino . Of course all this is dependant of any Covid 19 issues in September but i find planning is all part of the joy of any camino is it not ?

Any questions then please ask away .
Any news on the ferries opening?
I'm looking at cycling your route in reverse,cycling from Ayrshire in Scotland first,
I'm guessing it's a good route to cycle as you've done it once or twice!
Bill
 

jony jony

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Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
Hello Bill ,
I have looked at the ferries and it seems that they are accepting bookings as i tapped in certain dates and it came up with prices, ferry times etc . I have read on a cycling forum that the ferry companies are not yet allowing foot passengers to travel , which includes cyclists . Things are changing fast of course so what is true this week is perhaps not true next week .

As for the route , i think it is fabulous , quiet and not too much tarmac . I am now looking at taking my own bike instead of hiring from Triana . It costs about 300euros for bike hire and i can get a bike rack for less than £90 , so i will see .

Good luck with your planning .

Regards.....John
 

malingerer

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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
Hello Bill ,
I have looked at the ferries and it seems that they are accepting bookings as i tapped in certain dates and it came up with prices, ferry times etc . I have read on a cycling forum that the ferry companies are not yet allowing foot passengers to travel , which includes cyclists . Things are changing fast of course so what is true this week is perhaps not true next week .

As for the route , i think it is fabulous , quiet and not too much tarmac . I am now looking at taking my own bike instead of hiring from Triana . It costs about 300euros for bike hire and i can get a bike rack for less than £90 , so i will see .

Good luck with your planning .

Regards.....John
I used to cycle but age and infirmity got the better of me! I have a severe balance problem left hand side which kinda negates cycling but have come up with a plethora of ways round it from fitting adult stabilisers :) to fitting a sort of side rack to going the whole hog and using a trike? I cant seem to find anyone who hires trikes and by trike I mean the real Mc COY as in adult road trike and not a shopping trolley! Any suggestions? I have cycle camped years ago and always thought it was a great way to see a country. I always use roads be they dual carriage way or farm track and will NOT use pilgrim trails as I think they are best left to the foot sloggers ! ( like me :) )

All the best to you at any rate.

The Malingerer.
 

Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
Hello Bill ,
I have looked at the ferries and it seems that they are accepting bookings as i tapped in certain dates and it came up with prices, ferry times etc . I have read on a cycling forum that the ferry companies are not yet allowing foot passengers to travel , which includes cyclists . Things are changing fast of course so what is true this week is perhaps not true next week .

As for the route , i think it is fabulous , quiet and not too much tarmac . I am now looking at taking my own bike instead of hiring from Triana . It costs about 300euros for bike hire and i can get a bike rack for less than £90 , so i will see .

Good luck with your planning .

Regards.....John
Thanks John,
I was looking at Hull to Zeebrugge last night for July sailings , and it seemed to be letting me go with my bicycle I was going to go back on today and check their policy re changing dates,
Would be looking at changing it by a day or two if I got to Hull too early!
Bill,
 

Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
Hello Bill ,
I have looked at the ferries and it seems that they are accepting bookings as i tapped in certain dates and it came up with prices, ferry times etc . I have read on a cycling forum that the ferry companies are not yet allowing foot passengers to travel , which includes cyclists . Things are changing fast of course so what is true this week is perhaps not true next week .

As for the route , i think it is fabulous , quiet and not too much tarmac . I am now looking at taking my own bike instead of hiring from Triana . It costs about 300euros for bike hire and i can get a bike rack for less than £90 , so i will see .

Good luck with your planning .

Regards.....John
Hi John,
Update I booked from Hull to Rotterdam, sailing on the 20th July, I noticed P&O weren't taking bookings on the Dover to Calais route, but my booking went through, start cycling on the 16th July,
Lots of loose ends to sort , then I'm off !
Bill
 

jony jony

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Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
Ohhh great news Bill . I am looking at the possibility of buying a cheap bike at Decathlon in either Cadiz or Seville as an alternative to taking my own .
My plans are quite fluid at the moment as to buying , renting or taking my own bike but i do have a couple of months to decide .
Good luck with your ride .

Regards.....John
 

Hansel

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Ohhh great news Bill . I am looking at the possibility of buying a cheap bike at Decathlon in either Cadiz or Seville as an alternative to taking my own .
My plans are quite fluid at the moment as to buying , renting or taking my own bike but i do have a couple of months to decide .
Good luck with your ride .

Regards.....John
Decathlon have some pretty good bikes, that was an option of mine at one point, either buying a decathlon bike here, and cycling down happy in the knowledge that there would be plenty of decathlon shops to service or repair anything. Or buying one in Decathlon Lisbon, or Malaga, but I managed to get a good deal on a Dorset Whyte bike, which I really like, I had worn out the back tyre during lockdown! It's in for a service , so no cycling this weekend.
Practice packing going on now, I am now taking a tent, just to decide whether to take a stove or not.
Will try and post when I get going.
Hasta luego,
Bill
 

jony jony

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Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
Yes i normally take a small gas cartridge stove or last year a Dragon solid fuel cooker both of which i found quite useful even in the albergues with cooking facilities .

Regards....John
 
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Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
Yes i normally take a small gas cartridge stove or last year a Dragon solid fuel cooker both of which i found quite useful even in the auberges without cooking facilities .

Regards....John
I'm usually happy with the meal of the day, though a stove does give more options.
Cheers Bill
 

Raggy

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2017, 2018, 2019
Yes i normally take a small gas cartridge stove or last year a Dragon solid fuel cooker both of which i found quite useful even in the auberges without cooking facilities .
From what I've seen on various association sites, guest kitchens and communal dining areas are closed in the albergues that have them, so the personal stove is probably more valuable than ever.
 

Hansel

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From what I've seen on various association sites, guest kitchens and communal dining areas are closed in the albergues that have them, so the personal stove is probably more valuable than ever.
Ok thanks Raggy, looks like I'm going to have to rejig my panniers etc, though I'm not sure what I'd be cooking, cheese and ham baguette or bocadillo for lunch,
Any suggestions for easy to cook meals on a single stove, and pot.
Bill
 

Mary Doll

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Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Hi John,
Update I booked from Hull to Rotterdam, sailing on the 20th July, I noticed P&O weren't taking bookings on the Dover to Calais route, but my booking went through, start cycling on the 16th July,
Lots of loose ends to sort , then I'm off !
Bill

Glad you managed to rearrange your trip. Enjoy!
 

Raggy

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Any suggestions for easy to cook meals on a single stove, and pot.
If I were going with one cooking pot, I'd go for something versatile that could serve both for boiling up pasta or a stew and for, say, frying eggs. With that and a few small containers of cooking oil, spice mix, salt, pepper, and powdered stock (or cubes), you can make a lot of simple meals with a whatever's fresh in the local grocery stores. Lots of videos of people's one pot cooking efforts on YouTube.
 

Hansel

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If I were going with one cooking pot, I'd go for something versatile that could serve both for boiling up pasta or a stew and for, say, frying eggs. With that and a few small containers of cooking oil, spice mix, salt, pepper, and powdered stock (or cubes), you can make a lot of simple meals with a whatever's fresh in the local grocery stores. Lots of videos of people's one pot cooking efforts on YouTube.
Thanks, "food for thought" ,need some more little containers.
 

jony jony

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Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
I normally take a few " mug shot " packet pastas and mix in a small handful of pasta and a stock cube . I also hard boil a couple of eggs in the evening for the following days lunch . For a couple of weeks before i leave home i collect the small packets of salt/ pepper /,sugar from any cafes i go into and take a few oxo cubes for a nice warming drink .

I must say that i have never gone hungry with my little stove at hand and a packet of pasta and a stock cube .
 
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Mary Doll

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Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Thanks,when are you flying out to Spain?

Arriving in SJPDP on 29 August and start walking the following day. Trying not to get too excited in case I have to cancel again. If it hadn’t been for the virus I should have been entering Galicia around now.
 

Hansel

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Arriving in SJPDP on 29 August and start walking the following day. Trying not to get too excited in case I have to cancel again. If it hadn’t been for the virus I should have been entering Galicia around now.
I know the feeling,good luck,and buen Camino.I'll keep my fingers crossed for you,
You going travelling after walking the Camino?
 

Mary Doll

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Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
I know the feeling,good luck,and buen Camino.I'll keep my fingers crossed for you,
You going travelling after walking the Camino?

Would still like to do a bit of travelling. At the moment I’m not really thinking much beyond getting on the Camino. I don’t have a return ticket and nothing to rush back for so kind of thinking 6 weeks walking from SJPDP to Finisterre and then maybe a couple of weeks touring after that and probably home end of October.
 

Raggy

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Thanks, "food for thought" ,need some more little containers.
This looks quite handy:
Coghlans Multi-Spice
Herb shaker with 6 different herbs
Very compact, ideal for travelling
With separate sprinkler for every herb to ensure the correct measure
Paprika powder, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, black pepper and salt

Cheaper generic version here:

I'd throw out the turmeric and fill that section with something that offers more interesting flavor. A garam masala or ras el hanout, perhaps. Actually, thinking about it, I wish they'd just sell the container and leave you to fill it with your own choice of spices, which would allow you to ensure that everything is fresh.
 
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Hansel

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Would still like to do a bit of travelling. At the moment I’m not really thinking much beyond getting on the Camino. I don’t have a return ticket and nothing to rush back for so kind of thinking 6 weeks walking from SJPDP to Finisterre and then maybe a couple of weeks touring after that and probably home end of October.
Sounds like a plan,when I did the same Camino,I had six weeks between my flights,worked out quite well.
I had never heard of Muxia until half along,being told it was the furthest West.
Been twice,worth the walk.
 

Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
This looks quite handy:
Coghlans Multi-Spice
Herb shaker with 6 different herbs
Very compact, ideal for travelling
With separate sprinkler for every herb to ensure the correct measure
Paprika powder, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, black pepper and salt

Cheaper generic version here:

I'd throw out the turmeric and fill that section with something that offers more interesting flavor. A garam masala or ras el hanout, perhaps. Actually, thinking about it, I wish they'd just sell the container and leave you to fill it with your own choice of spices, which would allow you to ensure that everything is fresh.
Looks like a good idea,will check if the supermarkets do a similar thing.
 

justin credible

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Camino Frances (2013), Via de la Plata (2016) (2017) (2019) Camino Ingles (2018) Portugues (2017)
Ohhh great news Bill . I am looking at the possibility of buying a cheap bike at Decathlon in either Cadiz or Seville as an alternative to taking my own .
My plans are quite fluid at the moment as to buying , renting or taking my own bike but i do have a couple of months to decide .
Good luck with your ride .

Regards.....John
I arrived in Seville last year to start my Camino and discovered that my rental bike never arrived, I went to Triana hostel but they had no bikes available. Anyway, I ended up going to Decathlon and buying a buy there, the staff there were great and very helpful. I bought a cheap bike thinking it might not get me to Santiago but it turned out to be a very useful bike and I had no problems with it. Buen Camino whatever you decide to do.
 
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Mary Doll

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Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Sounds like a plan,when I did the same Camino,I had six weeks between my flights,worked out quite well.
I had never heard of Muxia until half along,being told it was the furthest West.
Been twice,worth the walk.

Definitely going to the ocean. Did you do Finisterre and then Muxia or Muxia then Finisterre?
 

Raggy

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Definitely going to the ocean. Did you do Finisterre and then Muxia or Muxia then Finisterre?
I think there are advocates for both routes. My suggestion would be to go to Finisterre first. The descent from Cee to Finisterre is probably the steepest hill that you’ll encounter, and that would be a climb if you visited Muxia before Finisterre. Also, some people prefer the end of the journey to be in the small fishing port of Muxia than the more touristy Finisterre. Personally, I like them both equally.
 

Mary Doll

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
I think there are advocates for both routes. My suggestion would be to go to Finisterre first. The descent from Cee to Finisterre is probably the steepest hill that you’ll encounter, and that would be a climb if you visited Muxia before Finisterre. Also, some people prefer the end of the journey to be in the small fishing port of Muxia than the more touristy Finisterre. Personally, I like them both equally.

Thanks Raggy. I’ll bear in mind your advice about the hill. I think finishing in Muxia might be nice. Definitely want to finish at the ocean.
 

Hansel

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Definitely going to the ocean. Did you do Finisterre and then Muxia or Muxia then Finisterre?
Hi Marie,
I have now done it both ways, and both are great, first time I went to Finisterre first, and last May after walking the Primotivo I finished in Finisterre.
Like Raggy says that' a steep hill coming into Cee, but so good to finally see the sea at Cee !
Enjoy Bill.
 

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