- Past OR future Camino
- Several alone and with children
I think this is important to note… I arrived to the pilgrims office with five kids in tow, youngest nine years old , second youngest eleven… their packs weighed what mine did, we slept outside almost exclusively and had walked from Le Puy, GR 10 to Norte… and arrived either in Muxia or Santiago at the three month mark exactly! There was no e tea fanfare ( we didn’t expect there to be), but even when the eleven year old had tears in her eyes that her name was spelled wrong no one seemed to recognize the importance of it ( not trashing anyone just stating a simple fact)…. I’ve long since given up the importance of getting the certificate, though we did get ours last week which is different looking ( and colorful) than my previous ones…Certificate of distance means nothing to me… we know what we did…There may be something I am missing here. In my understanding all the Cathedral wants is assurance that you have walked the 100km immediately before the tomb of the Apostle (or ridden a bicycle or horse 200km), with spiritual or religious intent. Anything aside from that is irrelevant for the purposes of the Compostela. When I staggered in with two credentials full of stamps from Montserrat up through Catalonia, Aragon etc, or from Mont Saint Michel and onward down the Camino Vadieniense, that was the same for them as the teenager with her buddies sauntering from Sarria-- labourers in the vineyard and all that (Matthew 20). So the 100km is all @miwico72 has to worry about.
As others have suggested the clerk doing the distance certificates may not have tables ready for some of the routes proposed.
To me, the stamped credentials were great souvenirs, in the etymological sense, bringing up memories of where I stayed in Abejar, or the truck stop in Candasnos, and the hilarious Slovak nurses in Tapia, or the WWII veteran from Hamburg outside Los Arcos etc. If @miwico72 is doing memorial pilgrimages for different people, perhaps then his (IMHO complex) plans are perhaps understandable. Otherwise, I just really can't figure out why he wants so many compostelas for one journey. Why not just get the recreativo certificates rather than compostelas? Or do these routes over several years, with a pilgrimage devoted to each Camino? Enjoy the company, enjoy the hospitality of the Spanish and Portuguese people, enjoy the food and wine (and orujo), and count the storks on the steeples.
a PS- I see that @t2andreo has given the technical answers-- I have followed his posts over years on this forum and it is solid info. He has much experience at the Pilgrims' Office and their doings.