Rod said:I don't mind a little darkness but would imagine 5am or even 6 am would be very dark and present lots of opportunities to get lost.
This was nearly the same pace and plan as us and the same distances, longest 38 k, shortest 10 k. Hobbit hiking, first breakfast, second breakfast, early lunch, laste lunch, snacks in between then dinner. I still managed to loose weight even with all this eating.Just completed Camino Frances last month from St Jean. 4 kms per hour is just about right... I'm 75 years old, but fairly fit for a person in his dotage. I'd leave mornings about 7 or s0 - stop at the first sign of cafe con leche, then go another 1-2 hours to a 2nd breakfast (bocadillo or tortilla and coke or coffee), then usually around noon I'd see someone I knew along the way and stop for a convivial beer or vino tinto & another snack, then push on for another hour or so - by then it would be 2-3 or so... and I'd be looking for the day's albergue. Before I knew it, I'd hiked 5 or 6 hours and felt just fine. Lo day was about 16 kms - longest was 38km(I was toast by the time I reached Ponferrado).
There is a magic, though, to walking in the morning coolness with the stars retreating and the sun not yet risen; following your headlamp into a beautiful sunrise.Thanks Ulysse, I thought that it would be pretty dark around 6am, I also don't see the point in walking in the dark, I am sure there is more to see in the first couple of hours of walking than the light on the track in front of you. I may never get the opportunity to do this again so I don't want to miss anything
Thanks again to everyone on this forum your input is priceless