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Early January (8th 2019) are auberges open?

futurefjp

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#1
Hi,

Feel another few weeks coming on
... Intend flying to Lyon on the 7th. Depending on the weather forecast for the Aubrac in January ... But I wish to return to go all the way ... Not just as far as Cahors(2013).

Will there be any other pilgrims and will I struggle to find accommodation?

If it's impossible in the Aubrac in January then somewhere from Madrid maybe?

Not absolutely decided yet!
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
#2
Depending on the weather forecast for the Aubrac in January ... But I wish to return to go all the way ... Not just as far as Cahors(2013).
In most years, the Aubrac has snow deep enough to obscure both the footpath and the route markings. However, after the unseasonable heat wave of summer 2018 and the record snowstorm in the eastern US November 2018, all bets are off. You might luck out with dry ground. Or be buried in a snowdrift. It's a dice-roll, so keeping a close eye on the weather forecast is vital. But that's the Aubrac. Proceeding from Cahors, with its lower elevation, seems like a much more likely place to find better weather.

Will there be any other pilgrims and will I struggle to find accommodation?
Do not expect other pilgrims. You will struggle to find accommodation, and local Tourist Offices may be seasonal as well. Miam Miam Dodo lists lodgings with open seasons, and their contact information. Recommend you get busy with reservation emails to see what's available.

If it's impossible in the Aubrac in January then somewhere from Madrid maybe?
Spain might indeed be a better plan, in January.
 

gittiharre

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Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
#3
Madrid to the North is fiercely cold in the winter.
I would consider Porto Santiago Finesterre or perhaps the Norte, as they have maritime climates...
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens. Next walk part of the Jakobsweg from Nuremberg towards ...
#4
In most years, the Aubrac has snow deep enough to obscure both the footpath and the route markings. However, after the unseasonable heat wave of summer 2018 and the record snowstorm in the eastern US November 2018, all bets are off. You might luck out with dry ground. Or be buried in a snowdrift. It's a dice-roll, so keeping a close eye on the weather forecast is vital. But that's the Aubrac. Proceeding from Cahors, with its lower elevation, seems like a much more likely place to find better weather.

Do not expect other pilgrims. You will struggle to find accommodation, and local Tourist Offices may be seasonal as well. Miam Miam Dodo lists lodgings with open seasons, and their contact information. Recommend you get busy with reservation emails to see what's available.

Spain might indeed be a better plan, in January.
Sounds excellent
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2013 ... the plot thickens. Next walk part of the Jakobsweg from Nuremberg towards ...
#5
In most years, the Aubrac has snow deep enough to obscure both the footpath and the route markings. However, after the unseasonable heat wave of summer 2018 and the record snowstorm in the eastern US November 2018, all bets are off. You might luck out with dry ground. Or be buried in a snowdrift. It's a dice-roll, so keeping a close eye on the weather forecast is vital. But that's the Aubrac. Proceeding from Cahors, with its lower elevation, seems like a much more likely place to find better weather.

Do not expect other pilgrims. You will struggle to find accommodation, and local Tourist Offices may be seasonal as well. Miam Miam Dodo lists lodgings with open seasons, and their contact information. Recommend you get busy with reservation emails to see what's available.

Spain might indeed be a better plan, in January.
It makes me feel daring or stupid. I probably should invest in a four season boot?
 

futurefjp

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#8
Maybe Portugal or Arles???
 

futurefjp

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#9
I've decided on February - Le Puy en Velay!
 

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