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Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
Hi,

So I'm sitting here in SJPDP, contemplating my beer, and figured I would try and share my story as I attempt the Camino Frances.

My name is Ryan and I'm 32 y/o. I'm likely underprepared, and I've definitely over packed :). (Thankfully, there are baggage transfer services)

I've spent the last two days in Paris, seeing the sights and whatnot, and I now find myself about to embark on what I'm hoping will be an amazing journey.

So if you see me (and my large orange backpack) along the way, please feel free to say hello.

Buen Camino!
 
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Buen camino, Ryan.

Don't be afraid to adjust:
  • your pack weight - by sending stuff on or leaving it behind where someone who follows might be able to use it
  • your walking speed - particularly if you are under prepared, and want to build up slowly
  • and anything else that is holding you back from getting the spiritual, religious or just plain physical experience and growth you are seeking.
 

JohnLloyd

Author of "Go Your Own Way"
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Francés - SJPDP to SdC - Autumn 2018
Portugués - Porto to SdC - Spring 2019
Francés again - ASAP
You’ll figure out what you need and what you don’t need within a week.

Discard as much as you can and remember - they have shops in Spain too.

Go well.

Buen Camino!
 
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marylynn

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I think most people feel under-prepared when they start their first Camino, and they soon are sure that they have over-packed. I, too, was expecting an amazing journey on my first Camino in 2011 and I was quite disappointed the first day when it was just me, walking...just walking - no dramatic music, no angels singing, nothing exciting but me just walking and walking and walking. A friend and I started in Leon and we walked to Villar de Mazarife our first day so the landscape was not beautiful...just scrubby rolling hills. However, the magic began at dinner that night at wonderful Tio Pepe’s with the people we met and the laughter and fun and the girls coming into collect money for a wedding....and it hasn’t stopped yet! So if your journey doesn’t feel amazing in the first hour or the first day, give it time...eventually it will kick in, and it will become you own special, amazing journey. It’s all about expectations—be open to whatever comes your way.
 

Lirsy

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Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
Hi!!

If you go a little slow we will meet in Leon! 😁 I will start there next May 24th.

Leave what you don´t need in any albergue (you will realize that you need VERY few things!😂) and just enjoy the Camino!!

BTW ... Don´t forget to visit to the "Calle del Laurel in Logroño", "Barrio Humedo in Leon", etc.!!! 😂

Buen Camino!!!!
 

Cbelle

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Camino Frances ( 2019)
Hello Ryan!

I can relate to what you mean about being unprepared and over-packed. I'm trying to remain open to whatever the Camino is for me, without too much expectation. I'm adjusting to the time change here in Barcelona, but will be starting in SJPDP this Sunday. Good luck to you!

Charlotte
 
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Jerilyn

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"CF May 5, 2019"
Hi,

So I'm sitting here in SJPDP, contemplating my beer, and figured I would try and share my story as I attempt the Camino Frances.

My name is Ryan and I'm 32 y/o. I'm likely underprepared, and I've definitely over packed :). (Thankfully, there are baggage transfer services)

I've spent the last two days in Paris, seeing the sights and whatnot, and I now find myself about to embark on what I'm hoping will be an amazing journey.

So if you see me (and my large orange backpack) along the way, please feel free to say hello.

Buen Camino!
We will be In SJPP tomorrow. I can relate to underprepared & overpacked. Buen Camino!!!

Jerilyn
 

Bob from L.A. !

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Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
"Underprepared and overpacked" are subjective to the individual.
As you progress along your camino you will find the "sweet spot" in your tempo and pace to get to where you are going everyday.
Each day you will probably start learning that you can live without certain items in your pack, donate them or discard them completely
As a suggestion, don't focus intently on these issues. Just go, pace yourself and above all enjoy the experience....
Buen Camino....
 

Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
Thanks for all the advice and kind words everyone. Day one is done and dusted, and I'm now waiting on my timeslot for dinner @roncesvalles. A little sore in the shoulders and legs, but nothing alittle stretching can't fix.

Unfortunately it was foggy all day, and so didn't quite get the views I'd hoped for. That said, it was still quite beautiful (even if the infrequent cow bells were rather ominous :p)
 

Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
Day two of walking done (to Zubiri), I found the sweety spot with my pack straps and got into a good walking rhythm. Upon arrival I've hit a slight snag.

I hadn't booked any accommodation in Zubiri, and so had sent my small backpack on to the first hostel on the 'Buen Camino' app list (Concejo de Zubiri Pilgrims Hostel). To my disappointment, this hostel is closed for renovations.

I've tried to call the Roncesvalles monastery (no answer), and have also sent an email. They responded pretty quickly to the last email I sent them (trying to book accommodation for the night before), So I'm hopeful they can get back to me soon
 
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Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
Success! Turns out I wasn't alone in sending bags to the closed hostel.
It appears to be really busy this year, there are still people coming in of the walk at 4:30-5 pm, but most of the accommodation in Zubiri is full.
 

Bob from L.A. !

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Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Try Lydias Place just beyond Zubiri
 

Cookiedave

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French way 2019
Hi,

So I'm sitting here in SJPDP, contemplating my beer, and figured I would try and share my story as I attempt the Camino Frances.

My name is Ryan and I'm 32 y/o. I'm likely underprepared, and I've definitely over packed :). (Thankfully, there are baggage transfer services)

I've spent the last two days in Paris, seeing the sights and whatnot, and I now find myself about to embark on what I'm hoping will be an amazing journey.

So if you see me (and my large orange backpack) along the way, please feel free to say hello.

Buen Camino!
I'm starting on the 13th may to finstere.... Buen camino
 

Chrissycs

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2019
Hi,

So I'm sitting here in SJPDP, contemplating my beer, and figured I would try and share my story as I attempt the Camino Frances.

My name is Ryan and I'm 32 y/o. I'm likely underprepared, and I've definitely over packed :). (Thankfully, there are baggage transfer services)

I've spent the last two days in Paris, seeing the sights and whatnot, and I now find myself about to embark on what I'm hoping will be an amazing journey.

So if you see me (and my large orange backpack) along the way, please feel free to say hello.

Buen Camino!
 
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C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I started at this same time on the Frances, three years ago. In my opinion, absolutely the most beautiful time to be there!
 

Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
Hi Ryan: how’s it going and what’s the weather been like? Especially day 1?
Buen Camino
The weather has been pretty great. Day one way rather foggy and cool, but I guess that's to be expected gong over the mountains. Day two was the only rain so far, but it wasn't overly heavy, and the sun was out by the end of the walk. Since then it's been a good mix of overcast and sunny.

Ok wow, so it's day 7. Thrown a little out along the way, but my bag is still heavy. My ankle/achilles is feeling alittle messed up this morning, so I'm taking the bus from Los Arcos to Logrono today (where I'd already booked two nights, so it works out :p).

It's been an amazing trip so far, meet some great people, and had some amazing conversations, all while enjoying spectacular views. I'll make time to post some photos once I have Wi-Fi.
 

Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
Ok. So rest day on Logrono was great (despite being alittle under the weather). Only a small ache in my leg during the 30km to Najera. Pain was manageable then but not today (no sharp pains still, so I'm hoping nothing is torn).

Walked the 5-odd km to Azofra with my ankle wrapped. It was slow going but ok, I just don't want to chance truly damaging something. Now waiting for a taxi to take me to Santo Domingo.

Will keep posting with how it goes. I'm not ready to quit this!
 

Dorpie

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Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Great going Ryan,

Hopefully having lightened the load and as you get stronger the pain will continue to subside.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 
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Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
Great going Ryan,

Hopefully having lightened the load and as you get stronger the pain will continue to subside.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
Thanks Rob, I still need a scan to be 100% sure but the doc says all I should need is ice and rest. It's on to Burgos for me now (as they can't give me a scan in Santo Domingo).

I'm bummed, but trying to keep my spirits up! My little Camino family I've had for the last week have been amazing to take this journey with, and have been a great support to me. I'm hoping I can join them again in a few days
 

Ryan86

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Frances (May-2019)
So an update on my leg:
On Monday I had my achilles scanned, and while the doc said the tendon is fine, there's still some inflammation and fluid in there that needs time and rest to go away.

Current plan is to stay here in Burgos until Friday, and then take a bike across to Leon (which the doc cleared as OK, because it would put less stress on the tendon). The other option would be to walk without my pack (but it's still walking). I really don't want to hurt it again, but I also want to keep moving.

Now, I'm planning my stops along the maseta. The deal with the bike company gives me three days to get to Leon. Are there particular towns that are recommended to stay in?
 

Lifeisgood

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Year of past OR future Camino
Walked the Camino Frances in September/October 2018 (St Jean Pied de Port - Finisterra)
Hey Ryan :)
Happy to hear you found a solution for your situation with your achilles - and I hope you can continue your Camino! All the best wishes! Keep your spirits up!! :)
As for your question: Actually one of my most favorite municipal albergues was in Villalcazar de Sirga (just before Carrion de los Condes). One of the best hosts there ever! It run by the Maltesers and the Camino spirit is high there! Has a community kitchen and very comfortable beds, the place is also very clean. If you are looking for some quiet time in a small town, that is the place to be!
Also: San Bol just 5km before Hontanas! It is a tiny albergue with only 12 beds (thus one must arrive early), the host makes a wonderful paella, it has a nice little pool to dip your feet in (might help with your inflammation, too ;) ).
Buen Camino!!
 

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