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Over 1,300 km pilgrimage on skates

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Andres Villar, civil guard in the town of Noia A Coruña, earned a pilgrim's badge today after traveling on skates along the Camino de Santiago from Toulouse (France) by road.

The pilgrimage began eleven days ago and was divided into different stages, some of them reaching 150 to 160 miles a day, and, in the rain, Villar arrived today just after 10.45 hours to the emblematic Plaza del Obradoiro, the most famous facade the Cathedral of Santiago.
Speaking to EFE, said that since 1993, he tried to complete the feat with his skates in all holy years, but had to leave all of them for lack of support, with no support vehicles that carry your luggage, and various injuries scratches on the back and shoulders.
"In 1993 Xacobeo I could not finish the way, because I was alone and had no support vehicles. I tried in 1999, the last Holy Year of the twentieth century, but a back injury prevented me," lamented Villar, who added that his attempt to 2004, the first Holy Year XXI century, failed again by injuries and lack of means.
"In the end, thanks to the Municipality of Ribeira (A Coruña), sponsor of this initiative, which supported me in everything I had no problem because the physical was almost secondary, it is more an illusion than anything else," declared Civil Guard and a former professor of rescue mountain.
He recalled how "harsh" rise to the Cruz de Ferro, Leon, and the rise to do Cebreiro Pedrafita port in Lugo, that faced with "very cold" and "several falls."
To reach the target considered necessary ingredients "50 percent physical," and another "50 percent of the head", he said
During the more than 1,300 kilometer there were "no hassle" due to the few vehicles on the road, the cars traveling "on highways," he said.
Sometimes, to entertain, he devoted himself to count the cars, but sometimes a single one crossed his path
 
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A support vehicle for skates; did it carry extra wheels and bearings, or just the WD-40? Next a skateboard? Then someone spinning a hula hoop? The Guinness Book of Records will be the death of decorum and reverence in my lifetime (I fear).
 

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Give him a break!
He finally acheived his dream - after 17 years of trying! Unless he is an old man now, he must have been a kid when he first tried in 1993. I give him 10-out-of10 for perseverence!

PS: I'm sure medieval pilgrims would have been viewed the bicycle with the same derision!
 
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Oihana wrote in OP: "...along the Camino de Santiago from Toulouse (France) by road." which I understand he wasn't skating ON the official Camino trail but on tarmac roads parallel to it. Maybe I'm mistaken and @sillydoll should explain that.
 
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Oihana wrote in OP: "...along the Camino de Santiago from Toulouse (France) by road." which I understand he wasn't skating ON the official Camino trail but on tarmac roads parallel to it. Maybe I'm mistaken and @sillydoll should explain that.

This may not matter in theoretical terms as there is no official Camino trail as such. If a pilgrim is walking, riding, or wheeling along under their own energy, then whatever trail they are on becomes the Camino. In practical terms, the parallel tarmac, or bikers' route, would make a great difference, both for stability as well as for encountering other pilgrims. As Bradypus notes, the usual waymarked foot trail would be dangerous in parts for a skater.
 

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This may not matter in theoretical terms as there is no official Camino trail as such. If a pilgrim is walking, riding, or wheeling along under their own energy, then whatever trail they are on becomes the Camino. In practical terms, the parallel tarmac, or bikers' route, would make a great difference, both for stability as well as for encountering other pilgrims. As Bradypus notes, the usual waymarked foot trail would be dangerous in parts for a skater.
I agree completely.
Just want to add that by "official" Camino I meant marked Camino.
 

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PS: I'm sure medieval pilgrims would have been viewed the bicycle with the same derision!

Medieval pilgrims would have thought a bike was great, and a car even better!
 

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Some but not all, and other routes too.
Everyone to their own, I would imagine skating's would be harder than walking.
 
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