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VeganCamino

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Future Frances from Saint Jean Pied du Port to Burgos, starting in June.
Bonjour from rainy Bayonne.

I was planning to start my journey tomorrow or Sunday. It's pouring rain today. Pouring. Should I wait longer, maybe Monday for the trail to dry out a bit before beginning?

I've also heard there is a market on Monday in SJPP. Worth seeing?

Thanks for your advice and tips.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
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Camino Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
If you have time, you could try waiting. But in truth, that kind of rain is unavoidable on the Camino, especially in the Basque country and in Galicia. There will be rain and there will be mud between where you are right now and Santiago. But do you have decent raingear? If not, definitely go get some (there's a good shop near the Cathedral).
The market in SJPP is nice, and you can get some things to munch on while going up the hill.
 

David

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Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.

tpmchugh

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Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Bonjour from rainy Bayonne.

I was planning to start my journey tomorrow or Sunday. It's pouring rain today. Pouring. Should I wait longer, maybe Monday for the trail to dry out a bit before beginning?

I've also heard there is a market on Monday in SJPP. Worth seeing?

Thanks for your advice and tips.
Just start walking. The weather is just something you have to endure and boy can it rain in Galicia. I never minded walking in the rain, even when I met a guy coming up the trail towards me in Galicia. He was carrying some planks, hammer and nails. Said his name was Noah 😂 😂 . In the Pyrenees it can be a cold rain and I was ok with that until I fell in a river just before Espinal. If you wait for the conditions to be right, you might never reach Santiago. I have been too cold, too wet and too hot and mud on the Meseta too deep but dont get me wrong, most of the time it was just right.
 

kelleymac

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Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
If you have time you can wait for clear skies so you can get a view of Spain when you cross over to Roncevalles. I've crossed when it's fogged in, and while it's mysterious and beautiful, i'd rather have the view. -- You can make good use of the time by trotting up to Orisson
and back down to get in shape. ;)
 

VeganCamino

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Camino(s) past & future
Future Frances from Saint Jean Pied du Port to Burgos, starting in June.
If you have time, you could try waiting. But in truth, that kind of rain is unavoidable on the Camino, especially in the Basque country and in Galicia. There will be rain and there will be mud between where you are right now and Santiago. But do you have decent raingear? If not, definitely go get some (there's a good shop near the Cathedral).
The market in SJPP is nice, and you can get some things to munch on while going up the hill.
Thanks for the advice. I bought a jacket today and I'm in SJPP. Merci!
 

David

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Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
All will be well .. you will carry that jacket over to Roncesvalles and into gorgeous weather and eventually wonder why you carry the extra weight, but the day you discard it it will rain for a week !! 😂😂 (or not).
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I agree with most of the above posts. I hate waiting for the "when will the rain stop". Some of my most vivid, memorable and exhilarating experiences were walking in the rain...seriously!
I encourage you to just go with the "flow"!
 
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Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
All will be well .. you will carry that jacket over to Roncesvalles and into gorgeous weather and eventually wonder why you carry the extra weight, but the day you discard it it will rain for a week !! 😂😂 (or not).
Hi David,
Remember your post re the "best poncho in the world" from IKEA?
Now there's a heatwave coming I believe
So will we take them on the Invierno on Monday???
Yes we will
No we won't
So on and so forth!..on and on!
I've squashed them into a sandwich bag...small..not too much weight ...
Will decide tomorrow but I bet that if we leave them here it will rain...and rain
If we take them......full sun for 12 days!!
Always the way.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
@Annette london
Often after massive heat waves come thunder storms and heavy rain. Be prepared!
Hi Fleur
Remember that song..."Sunshine after the rain"??
Hope it will be so!
Were almost in Ponferrada....and it's pouring rain!!
So thank goodness for the "best" ponchos in the world!!
I believe it's very hot in London right now!!!!
 

FLEUR

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Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Hi Fleur
Remember that song..."Sunshine after the rain"??
Hope it will be so!
Were almost in Ponferrada....and it's pouring rain!!
So thank goodness for the "best" ponchos in the world!!
I believe it's very hot in London right now!!!!
Hi Annette. Feeling thunder here in the London area. Rain and heat coming over to us now.

Try and stay dry , Ponchos rule O.K.

Recommend Albergue Leo in Villafranca.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
Hi Annette. Feeling thunder here in the London area. Rain and heat coming over to us now.

Try and stay dry , Ponchos rule O.K.

Recommend Albergue Leo in Villafranca.
Hi Fleur,
Good weather coming here I think

We're walking the Invierno Camino this time so won't be going through Villafranca
Hoping to get to Santiago in 12 days walking
We are following in VNs and Caryns steps
Have you read their daily reports
I won't be doing a live post but will post in a few weeks
 

FLEUR

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Hi Fleur,
Good weather coming here I think

We're walking the Invierno Camino this time so won't be going through Villafranca
Hoping to get to Santiago in 12 days walking
We are following in VNs and Caryns steps
Have you read their daily reports
I won't be doing a live post but will post in a few weeks
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Hi Annette
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Enjoy your Camino it's not one I'm familiar with so I shall read reports with interest.
 

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