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Last minute wobbles

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Hi all last year I had my flight booked to Biarritz and was set to go then got the wobbles and lost my nerve and found a thousand excuses why I couldn't go. The truth is I bottled it big time. Now I have booked yet again for the 29th. April and I'm deffo off come what may. I have my air fare and ordered my gear ie. Rack sack, sleeping bag, neck zip bag and rain poncho. I have a pair of broken in hiking boots and am constantly reading of what else I might need. Im really looking forward to a long month+ of trekking. I think I was finally inspired by the TV program of the celebrities. Although I do realize it was massively edited and they only did 15 days. My biggest fear is being alone and feeling lonely. Any tip will be greatly welcomed. Thanks Frank
 

falcon269

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yes
My biggest fear is being alone and feeling lonely.
That is not likely if you approach other pilgrims. They have the same anxiety, and almost all will be quite welcoming. Share meals, walk together for a few minutes (longer than that, and you both may be pulled off your natural walking rhythm), and plan meeting again in the evening. Don't automatically take out your phone during quiet times. That is the new "do not disturb" signal. If you are not really in trekking shape, take it slow in the beginning. You may even want to take the bus from SJPdP to Pamplona so that your starting days are a bit easier than the Pyrenees crossing.

Have fun!
 

LakeMcD

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015
Portuguese 2016
GR10/Norte/Primitivo 2017
Chemin LePuy: 2018
Fears are not always easy to overcome, but when we do, it does manage to provide some valuable lessons. There will be many fellow pilgrims on the journey, and in some ways one might have to go out of there way to be alone. Having said that, it's not unheard of to be in a crowd of people and also feel utterly alone. Depending on how much you would like to address this fear, may I offer a simple suggestion; the question of why one is doing the camino, often serves as a way to start a dialog that leads not only to answers but companionship and camaraderie as well.

Buen Camino
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Thanks falcon. I joined ramblers and have been hiking for a few months through the British winter so I intend to do every bit of what the camino has to offer. Will take your advise on board thanks.
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Yes Lake thanks we all have very good reasons as to the why. It's so true. Thanks
 

CdnDreamer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2015 & 2018) San Salvador (2018)
The Camino Frances will be busy at the end of April and into May. There will be so many people arriving in SJPdP who all feel nervous, excited and want to reach out and talk with other people about this big adventure. If you want to meet pilgrims right away, stay in an albergue in SJPdP. If you stay in an albergue that has a communal dinner, that solves the problem of who to eat with and gives you a chance to start to get to know everyone at the table. You will probably run into that group of people for the next month as the fast ones slow down and the slow ones catch up.
 

CPilgrim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018
Hi all last year I had my flight booked to Biarritz and was set to go then got the wobbles and lost my nerve and found a thousand excuses why I couldn't go. The truth is I bottled it big time. Now I have booked yet again for the 29th. April and I'm deffo off come what may. I have my air fare and ordered my gear ie. Rack sack, sleeping bag, neck zip bag and rain poncho. I have a pair of broken in hiking boots and am constantly reading of what else I might need. Im really looking forward to a long month+ of trekking. I think I was finally inspired by the TV program of the celebrities. Although I do realize it was massively edited and they only did 15 days. My biggest fear is being alone and feeling lonely. Any tip will be greatly welcomed. Thanks Frank
We are also flying in to Biarritz on Apr 29 (from CDG). Hoping to meet you on along the way!
 

Frank Mestre

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Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Yes I will be staying at an Albergue in SJPdP. I cant find how much they are. Do you have any idea how much roughly they charge on average for they say?
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
We are also flying in to Biarritz on Apr 29 (from CDG). Hoping to meet you on along the way!
Cool look forward to meeting you. Lets hope the train strike situation gets resolved in France by then.
 

Waka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Some but not all, and other routes too.
You're not the first and you won't be the last to have the wobbles, what you are undertaking is huge, I was in the same positions you with apprehension, the being alone wasn't a problem for me as I like the solitude, I found it difficult to mix and make the first move towards other people. This I did overcome as time went on and it really enhanced my experience.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 15th 2018
Hi Frank
I'm heading out this weekend.
Have a look at www.booking.com for an idea of prices in SJPdP - you'll also see reviews mainly from other pilgrims.
I booked through them and got an excellent deal - about EURS 40 for two nights B&B - on the main drag, Rue de la Citadelle.
Don't stress about the train from Biarritz - take the people-mover operated by Express Bourricot - send them an email and, if you're lucky, you'll get a door-to-door service for under EURS 20.
And don't worry about being lonely - I'm traveling solo and that's the last thing on my mind.
The guy snoring in the next bunk is of much greater concern ;)
Mike
 

pitztop

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2014 - CF & Fisterra
2015 - Zurich > Le Puy > SdC > Muxia > Fisterra
2017 - VdlP & Fisterra
Hi @Frank Mestre. I wouldn't worry about being alone while walking the Camino Francés in June. There will be many other pilgrims walking. Like you, the majority of them will be walking for the first time. This is the perfect environment to meet new people. What I found is that people who find themselves in a new situation with others who are also sharing the same situation tend to bond very quickly. This is certainly true of the Camino experience. While you will find people from all walks of life, you will find that you all have the challenge of the Camino in common - and this is most important. Just be open, friendly, welcoming, and genually interested in others and the rest will take care of itself. If you want to walk alone for a while, just say so. People will respect your need for privacy. I walked my first Camino back in 2014 and like you I started alone. I met some amazing people very early on and walked with them for most of the journey. We are still in touch! I'm sure you will meet some amazing people too. In my experience, most people who walk the Camino are friendly, caring, and genuine. You have an amazing adventure ahead. Open your heart, turn the volume down on your mind, and just enjoy every moment as it comes! Buen Camino!
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Hi Frank
I'm heading out this weekend.
Have a look at www.booking.com for an idea of prices in SJPdP - you'll also see reviews mainly from other pilgrims.
I booked through them and got an excellent deal - about EURS 40 for two nights B&B - on the main drag, Rue de la Citadelle.
Don't stress about the train from Biarritz - take the people-mover operated by Express Bourricot - send them an email and, if you're lucky, you'll get a door-to-door service for under EURS 20.
And don't worry about being lonely - I'm traveling solo and that's the last thing on my mind.
The guy snoring in the next bunk is of much greater concern ;)
Mike
Email sent Thanks Pal.
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Hi Frank
I'm heading out this weekend.
Have a look at www.booking.com for an idea of prices in SJPdP - you'll also see reviews mainly from other pilgrims.
I booked through them and got an excellent deal - about EURS 40 for two nights B&B - on the main drag, Rue de la Citadelle.
Don't stress about the train from Biarritz - take the people-mover operated by Express Bourricot - send them an email and, if you're lucky, you'll get a door-to-door service for under EURS 20.
And don't worry about being lonely - I'm traveling solo and that's the last thing on my mind.
The guy snoring in the next bunk is of much greater concern ;)
Mike
Oh Dear they have replied but are already fully booked for the 29th. Should I book a train fare? or is there another way of getting to St. Jean ?
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 15th 2018
Glad to hear of the speedy reply - not so glad about the content.
Don't know about the train option - hopefully someone will chip in with advice.
Good luck !
Mike
 
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Frances (2014); Madrid, Salvador (2018)
Hi Frank. I walked the Camino Frances in 2014. I started out with other people but due to differences in schedules, ended up walking the last two weeks alone. That was the best part of my Camino. I ate dinner alone only three times in that two week period. I met lots of interesting people and by walking alone didn't need to negotiate with anyone else about where to stop, where to eat, who to hang out with. I did what suited me and it worked out great. There are lots of people out there and a natural camaraderie seems to emerge. As @Canadiandreamer says, start in an albergue in SJPP with a communal dinner and you will immediately start meeting people. There are quite a few albergues along the Frances that offer communal dinners and they are a great way to meet new people. I have wonderful memories and am still in touch with a number of the people I met along the Way. Buen camino y Ultreya!
 

MikeyC

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CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
CF - 2019
Hi Frank
If you can book into Orisson for your first night after SJPP it will give you an easier two first days walking. More importantly there is a communal dinner at which pilgrims have an opportunity to introduce themselves and, if so inclined, elaborate on their motivation for embarking on the Camino. I found some of those stories immensely compelling. And those dinner companions became familiar faces in the following days and some became friends that we have visited in their home countries.

You do need to book:
www.refuge-orisson.com
 

FourSeasons

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CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
Oh Frank, so sweet. You will be fine. A lot of other pilgrims to talk to. I am a female, walked solo. I am extrovert by nature however I really enjoyed the quiet times I had on the Frances. There are plenty of folks in the mornings and evenings. You can walk alone or together with someone you click with.

Once you arrive you will go from wobbly to ecstatic. You can feel the energy in the air. Go with the flow, the Camino will provide.
Trust in the arrows and don't stop walking.............I'm so excited for you. :)
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Oh Frank, so sweet. You will be fine. A lot of other pilgrims to talk to. I am a female, walked solo. I am extrovert by nature however I really enjoyed the quiet times I had on the Frances. There are plenty of folks in the mornings and evenings. You can walk alone or together with someone you click with.

Once you arrive you will go from wobbly to ecstatic. You can feel the energy in the air. Go with the flow, the Camino will provide.
Trust in the arrows and don't stop walking.............I'm so excited for you. :)
Love you enthusiasm Globe love it. Ill wear that Thanks
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 05/17 brazo roto Portomarín
Francés 09/17, 09/18 SJPdP - Fisterra
Portuguese ~05/19
Buy a bottle of vino tinto at the albergue and ask if anyone would like a glass ... works every time! Soon you will be part of a welcoming committee to other peregrinos.:D:cool:
 

simeon

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SJPDP LosArcos 09\14 Tricastella SDDC 0515 Porto SDDC 1015 LosArcos Burgos 1016 Burgos Leon 0917
. Taking out your phone That is the new "do not disturb" signal.
Have fun!
Absolutely, conversely if you take out your brierly guide and leave it on the table, I find that's the It means I'm open for a chat. I've found it always works.
 

Robo

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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
I'm a chef so perhaps i'll cook a meal as well lol Ta.
Don't advertise that to much! You'll be the most popular guy and the busiest on the Camino! :eek::eek:

I think all first timers get the jitters Frank. It's a massive leap into the unknown isn't it?

But you know, once you get there and you're amongst all the other Pilgrims, its a bit like the first day of school at a new School...... Everyone is a bit nervous too, but at the same time, eager to make new friends and share their plans. You'll soon discover

And in some strange way.........it feels like you have found a new home. A really energising and exciting new home :)

I think I had a smile on my face all the way up the Hill on day 1, just glad to be there and saying Hi to the other Pilgrims.

Just say Hi, or 'can I sit here' at a coffee stop, and you'll soon have new buddies to walk and talk with.

Don't overthink it Frank ;)

Just turn up, and walk and you'll have an amazing time.

We are 4 days ahead of you. So you'll catch us up fairly quickly! Yep, we are that slow. Make sure you say Hi. You'll see these back packs as you zoom up behind us.

 
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tomnorth

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Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2020)
Yes I will be staying at an Albergue in SJPdP. I cant find how much they are. Do you have any idea how much roughly they charge on average for they say?
I highly recommend Beilari in SJPDP. Their communal dinner and get-to-know each other session is a great way to start a Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 15th 2018
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone.
 

Suzanne S.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Camino Frances/Muxia/Fisterre (2017) Caminho Portuguese/Fisterre
(2019) Camino del Norte
Oh my goodness, @Frank Mestre ! You will have the time of your life! I, too walked "alone" in 2015 and there were hundreds of us. Take it as it comes and enjoy!

Buen Camino!!!
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
Yes I will be staying at an Albergue in SJPdP. I cant find how much they are. Do you have any idea how much roughly they charge on average for they say?
An albergue in SJPP will run 30 to 36 euro incl dinner, breakfast and maybe a lunch for next day. Check out Beilaeu or Auberge du Pelerin. I booked into the former as I did not get a response from the latter. They are both on Rue Citadelle, same street as the Pilgrim Office.
 

Otmoor22

New Member
About to embark upon my fourth different camino. My first was from SJP and I had planned every step of the way - what a big mistake! Determined to be on my own but that plan failed by Day 2. Do not worry about what may go wrong - I experienced many blips on the way which provided great amusement for friends and family. Getting to SJP from Biarritz airport was very much part of the experience. Bus to Hendaye rail station and train to SJP in company with other pilgrims. Cheap and enjoyable.
 

Diane Booth

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April (2018)
My knees are beginning to knock a little, 11 days from now I will be on the plane, how many times can a person pack the same bag? I'm up to at least 10 times now, I haven't trained as much as I said I would, haven't lost those 25 pounds that I said I would. I have to admit as the time passes and the date gets closer I think..WHAT HAVE I DONE... part of me wants to say, nope too hard, will go next year, the majority of me says, oh boy what an amazing adventure awaits. Self doubt creeps in. Guess I'll figure it out on the way, take step 1 and off I go. All I need is a place to lay my head and a meal and a glass of wine at the end of the day, maybe the rest of it is the journey and just take it as it comes, keep yourself open. What I am looking forward to is not having a plan, I've always had plans, schedules, deadlines, appointments, emails, people and places to be. Turning off the grid and just being. Walk as far as you want, walk as long as you want, stop when you want, go when you want. smell some flowers, drink some wine, enjoy the moment. I sense spiritual power in that, I also sense a lot of vulnerability, Camino show me whatever the hell you have been nattering in my head for the past year.
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Don't advertise that to much! You'll be the most popular guy and the busiest on the Camino! :eek::eek:

I think all first timers get the jitters Frank. It's a massive leap into the unknown isn't it?

But you know, once you get there and you're amongst all the other Pilgrims, its a bit like the first day of school at a new School...... Everyone is a bit nervous too, but at the same time, eager to make new friends and share their plans. You'll soon discover

And in some strange way.........it feels like you have found a new home. A really energising and exciting new home :)

I think I had a smile on my face all the way up the Hill on day 1, just glad to be there and saying Hi to the other Pilgrims.

Just say Hi, or 'can I sit here' at a coffee stop, and you'll soon have new buddies to walk and talk with.

Don't overthink it Frank ;)

Just turn up, and walk and you'll have an amazing time.

We are 4 days ahead of you. So you'll catch us up fairly quickly! Yep, we are that slow. Make sure you say Hi. You'll see these back packs as you zoom up behind us. Defo will look out for you Robo. Perhaps share a beer. Buen Camino


 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Look forward to spotting those two racksacks. Will defo crack a beer. Buem Camino
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
My knees are beginning to knock a little, 11 days from now I will be on the plane, how many times can a person pack the same bag? I'm up to at least 10 times now, I haven't trained as much as I said I would, haven't lost those 25 pounds that I said I would. I have to admit as the time passes and the date gets closer I think..WHAT HAVE I DONE... part of me wants to say, nope too hard, will go next year, the majority of me says, oh boy what an amazing adventure awaits. Self doubt creeps in. Guess I'll figure it out on the way, take step 1 and off I go. All I need is a place to lay my head and a meal and a glass of wine at the end of the day, maybe the rest of it is the journey and just take it as it comes, keep yourself open. What I am looking forward to is not having a plan, I've always had plans, schedules, deadlines, appointments, emails, people and places to be. Turning off the grid and just being. Walk as far as you want, walk as long as you want, stop when you want, go when you want. smell some flowers, drink some wine, enjoy the moment. I sense spiritual power in that, I also sense a lot of vulnerability, Camino show me whatever the hell you have been nattering in my head for the past year.
LOL Sounds a lot like me. Buen Camino Diane
 

bib

Bridget
Camino(s) past & future
may/june (2018)
You’re not alone. I think I’ve been having anxiety attacks for the first time in my nearly 48 years. 5 weeks to go. My biggest fear is the physical part but I’ve accepted my uninvited campanion named Doubt is coming along for the ride whether I like it or not. :)
 

spagirl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
frances(Sept 2018)
You’re not alone. I think I’ve been having anxiety attacks for the first time in my nearly 48 years. 5 weeks to go. My biggest fear is the physical part but I’ve accepted my uninvited campanion named Doubt is coming along for the ride whether I like it or not. :)
Maybe thats part of the bonding process on the Camino.....months of communal distress.
 
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tomnorth

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2020)
You’re not alone. I think I’ve been having anxiety attacks for the first time in my nearly 48 years. 5 weeks to go. My biggest fear is the physical part but I’ve accepted my uninvited campanion named Doubt is coming along for the ride whether I like it or not. :)
Start slow and give your body time to adjust and I bet you’ll be just fine.
 
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kelleymac

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
Yes I will be staying at an Albergue in SJPdP. I cant find how much they are. Do you have any idea how much roughly they charge on average for they say?
About 30 -40 euros for a bed, dinner, and breakfast in France. I stayed at Orisson, for the first night on my second pilgrimage. I enjoyed it very much. But there are other good places to stay. You can ask at the pilgrim office if they know of a albergue with a communal dinner (there are many). -- It gets less expensive in Spain.

I walked last Fall from Le Puy to Conques-- kind of a mini-camino. It was the first time I walked alone, and there were a few days I saw no one. However, I could have walked with a group I met up with in Le Puy. I did from time to time, as our paths crossed a few times. (Usually I walk faster than they did, but I took an alternate route once, and other times, I stopped when they did not.) One evening I came into a village and was headed to the municipal gite, when I heard a person call out "Kate! Come-- we make pasta!" It was Pierre, from the group I had walked with for a day or two.

You are walking the Frances, and will rarely be alone.

I wish you a buen camino.
 
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Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Hey Frank worry not,yer walking across Spain not the Sahara,start slow,breathe,and enjoy :)

PS,I like my eggs scrambled and toast done both sides ;)
Ummm No wei Josei am on a break
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Thanks everyone my wobbles have all but gone. I cant wait to get started. I have two weeks to get myself physically ready. Today I walked 23 klm. In London and I wont lie I really felt the pain in my hips. feet and knees. I am accustomed to walking as I often join a ramblers group, but nonetheless still ache. I'm looking at the first stage from St. Jean to Roncesvalles. Is it really really hard going?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
Thanks everyone my wobbles have all but gone. I cant wait to get started. I have two weeks to get myself physically ready. Today I walked 23 klm. In London and I wont lie I really felt the pain in my hips. feet and knees. I am accustomed to walking as I often join a ramblers group, but nonetheless still ache. I'm looking at the first stage from St. Jean to Roncesvalles. Is it really really hard going?
I never asked why, but my walking companion, from Pamplona and used to outdoor life, made sure we took a glass of water at the end of the walk each day with saved sugar from cafes, and for the first few days, ibuprofen, until our aches and pains adjusted to the pounding. It gets better...
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018
.... Today I walked 23 klm. In London and I wont lie I really felt the pain in my hips. feet and knees. I am accustomed to walking as I often join a ramblers group, but nonetheless still ache. I'm looking at the first stage from St. Jean to Roncesvalles. Is it really really hard going?
Do not overdo your training. Maybe it is better to start slowly on the Camino, if your time for training is now limited.
You can e. g. try to stop in Orisson (booking needed?!) or Valcarlos.
Maybe poles can help, especially if you go up or down.

Ibuprofen can have sideeffects:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/ibuprofen-side-effects.52209/
 
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Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
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1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Thanks Martin for the link. Good bit of advice.
 

Dorpie

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Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015
Camino Frances July 2017
Thanks everyone my wobbles have all but gone. I cant wait to get started. I have two weeks to get myself physically ready. Today I walked 23 klm. In London and I wont lie I really felt the pain in my hips. feet and knees. I am accustomed to walking as I often join a ramblers group, but nonetheless still ache. I'm looking at the first stage from St. Jean to Roncesvalles. Is it really really hard going?
Hey Frank,

My prep for camino number one was doing a lap around Richmond Park, not ideal but all was fine.

St. Jean to Roncesvalles is tough but it's also actually quite reassuring, almost everybody finds day one difficult and you won't be struggling on your own as others skip up the hill laughing, you'll all be suffering together and that's a great opportunity to make Camino friends, once you start talking (if you have the breath to do it) your mind will be taken off the physical effort. Just stop regularly and take your time.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2011)
Norte (2014)
Norte (2016)
Salvador (2017)
Frances (2018)
Madrid-Salvador-Primitivo 19
Well, yes, it's 28 km of mountain trekking. But you can cut it halfway if need be or just slow down and go all the way. It is hard mainly because it's the first stage and your body is not yet used to the effort.
 

Ceri123

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2018
Oh Dear they have replied but are already fully booked for the 29th. Should I book a train fare? or is there another way of getting to St. Jean ?
Hi, I also discovered the shuttle is full and that there's a train Stoke on 29th so I've just booked a taxi for 120 euros for three of us (my parents are joining me for the first two days). You're very welcome to join us and split the cost? Are you on the Stansted Ryanair flight that lands at 4.55pm at Biarritz?
Ceri
 

Ceri123

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2018
Hi, I also discovered the shuttle is full and that there's a train Stoke on 29th so I've just booked a taxi for 120 euros for three of us (my parents are joining me for the first two days). You're very welcome to join us and split the cost? Are you on the Stansted Ryanair flight that lands at 4.55pm at Biarritz?
Ceri
Whoops meant train strike!
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Do not overdo your training. Maybe it is better to start slowly on the Camino, if your time for training is now limited.
You can e. g. try to stop in Orisson (booking needed?!) or Valcarlos.
Maybe poles can help, especially if you go up or down.

Ibuprofen can have sideeffects:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/ibuprofen-side-effects.52209/
Everything I've heard says that the day from SJPP to Roncesvalles is really tough. If I were starting in SJPP I would try to book a stay in Orisson. When we walked from Roncesvalles we took short second, third and fourth day walks to ease in.

I would highly advise walking poles. We started without and I regretted it.
 
After 2-3 days of walking it will be "What on earth was I so worried about?" Then your next overwhelming feeling will be in another 4 to 5 days: How am I ever going to leave; and in 60 days, its "When can I get back out here.
From another long distance hike, not the Camino I think but I suspect the same feeling.
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Hi, I also discovered the shuttle is full and that there's a train Stoke on 29th so I've just booked a taxi for 120 euros for three of us (my parents are joining me for the first two days). You're very welcome to join us and split the cost? Are you on the Stansted Ryanair flight that lands at 4.55pm at Biarritz?
Ceri
Hi Ceri yes I would love to join you. Thank you I'll look out for you. Would that be 4 ways? My number is 07946520008. But I'm sure we will stop each other with rack sacks on our backs. Thank you Frank
 

Tony Bobcat

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
Hi all last year I had my flight booked to Biarritz and was set to go then got the wobbles and lost my nerve and found a thousand excuses why I couldn't go. The truth is I bottled it big time. Now I have booked yet again for the 29th. April and I'm deffo off come what may. I have my air fare and ordered my gear ie. Rack sack, sleeping bag, neck zip bag and rain poncho. I have a pair of broken in hiking boots and am constantly reading of what else I might need. Im really looking forward to a long month+ of trekking. I think I was finally inspired by the TV program of the celebrities. Although I do realize it was massively edited and they only did 15 days. My biggest fear is being alone and feeling lonely. Any tip will be greatly welcomed. Thanks Frank
Hi Frank
Great advice that I got last year was to stop At Orrison, I was in the same situation as you’re in. The first day I hiked from SJPD to Orrison on my own ( 3 hour hike)
That night I met a few people that calmed me down, the following morning walked along with an American man called Ken. For the next 32 days I always had a companion to walk with, you do have days when you want your own company.
Loved it so much I’m returning in May. Buen Camino Frank
 

Frank Mestre

Let’s Camino
Camino(s) past & future
1st. Camino coming up 29th. April
Camino Frances here I come.
Hi Frank
Great advice that I got last year was to stop At Orrison, I was in the same situation as you’re in. The first day I hiked from SJPD to Orrison on my own ( 3 hour hike)
That night I met a few people that calmed me down, the following morning walked along with an American man called Ken. For the next 32 days I always had a companion to walk with, you do have days when you want your own company.
Loved it so much I’m returning in May. Buen Camino Frank
I have already emailed the hostals at Orrison so I am waiting to hear from them, I think its a good idea. Thank you Tony
 

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