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LIVE from the Camino Snowed in at San Juan de la Pena!

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Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Weather in Spain is truly insane right now, but we thought we’d be safe avoiding the worst of it by starting in Jaca just south of the Pyrenees... GUESS AGAIN!!!

We are literally snowed in at the hotel at the San Juan de la Pena monastery and it’s only guest (in that gigantic hotel!). The rain in the valley turned into snow as we walked up the road (trail is closed), ending with over a foot of snow on the ground as we arrived. Pure craziness, but thrilled to have my pick of room and dinner delivered by the only worker onsite! Definitely a Camino memory.

PS: Darn Tough socks kept my feet warm despite being soaked. Worth every penny DCC632DA-7995-4E23-90C2-3FD6088D68A7.jpeg 8513A511-3840-4077-9A60-6C5EDD81BA21.jpeg
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
Wow! Quite an experience! Stay safe, warm, and dry.
 

HedaP

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances starting SJPdP Sept/Oct 2015, April/May 2017
:eek: Well that’s an interesting way to start a camino! Dinner looks good and view from the window is beautiful. Take care and buen camino.
 

Cayou

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 Villafranca to Santiago
2016 St Jean to Los Arcos
2018 24-Sept Leon to Finnisterre
Great photo Vacajoe! The incredible snowy outside one, not so much the food.
Glad it's you and not me, but glad you're there to share a wonderful Camino moment to those of us still dreaming about being there, while counting the months, weeks, days ....... enjoy your journey!
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
It’s spain, so the soup was followed by tortilla (served at 10pm, of course! ). It was all quite delicious, especially since the sole employee here just threw together what he could find for us. No complaints!
 

Cayou

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 Villafranca to Santiago
2016 St Jean to Los Arcos
2018 24-Sept Leon to Finnisterre
don't get me wrong ... mi gusto mucho la ensalada y caldo!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018, (2019)
Weather in Spain is truly insane right now, but we thought we’d be safe avoiding the worst of it by starting in Jaca just south of the Pyrenees... GUESS AGAIN!!!

We are literally snowed in at the hotel at the San Juan de la Pena monastery and it’s only guest (in that gigantic hotel!). The rain in the valley turned into snow as we walked up the road (trail is closed), ending with over a foot of snow on the ground as we arrived. Pure craziness, but thrilled to have my pick of room and dinner delivered by the only worker onsite! Definitely a Camino memory.

PS: Darn Tough socks kept my feet warm despite being soaked. Worth every pennyView attachment 41120View attachment 41121
Hi Vacajoe, thank-you for posting 'live from the camino'. I am on the verge of booking a camino trip from Lourdes to SdC, and I plan to walk the CA as part of the route. I have to say that I am surprised by how little (recent) information has been posted on the CdS forum about this camino, so it would be good to know what resources you have relied on to prepare for/follow the route. I am not adept at using GPS or similar, so any other guides, maps, internet sites, etc., you have used will be of great interest to me.
Buen camino. I hope the weather improves for you very soon.
 

creativegtu

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2011)
Le Puy & parts of Frances (2013)
Aragones & parts of Frances (2015)
Primitivo (2016)
Hi Vacajoe, thank-you for posting 'live from the camino'. I am on the verge of booking a camino trip from Lourdes to SdC, and I plan to walk the CA as part of the route. I have to say that I am surprised by how little (recent) information has been posted on the CdS forum about this camino, so it would be good to know what resources you have relied on to prepare for/follow the route. I am not adept at using GPS or similar, so any other guides, maps, internet sites, etc., you have used will be of great interest to me.
Buen camino. I hope the weather improves for you very soon.
Hi Sheffield James,
My dad and I walked the Aragones route from Somport to Puente la Reina in 2015. We used a couple different guides – a Confraternity of St. James guide that includes Toulouse to Puente la Reina (https://www.csj.org.uk/product/pilgrim-guides-to-france-and-spain-arles-to-puente-la-reina-part-2-toulouse-to-puente-la-reina/) and also a guide/information booklet I found online --
http://www.aragon.es/estaticos/ImportFiles/05/docs/Areas/Turismo/PublicacionesTurismo/AragonProductosDestinosTresProvincias/GUIA_CAMINO_SANTIAGO_INGLES.pdf

In addition, I had the Wise Pilgrim app for the Aragones on my phone.

CSJ also has available a Miam Miam Dodo that includes the Aragones – although in French, the MMD guides are easy to understand (used their Le Puy route guide on another Camino). You might check that one out too --

My blog about the Aragones walk has pictures & further info -- https://amandapilgrim.blogspot.com/2015/06/somport.html

It’s a quiet path and lovely – the old monastery of San Juan de la Pena built into a cliff is an art historical gem -- am glad we explored this “Road less traveled”!
Buen Camino!
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
All great advice above! The trail is EXTREMELY well-marked for most of the route but definitely a smart-phone based guide would be happy.

I highly recommend the maps.me app which is an offline map which tracks your location without internet access. Additionally, I spent a $2 or $3 for the Aragones portion on the app called Buen Camino. It’s pretty simple and not as sophisticated as others, but it does have a good route planner and can also track your location on its map if you have an iPhone.

The Aragones isn’t easy, but it’s definitely rewarding!
 

RENSHAW

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2003 CF Roncesvalles to Santiago
2/4 weeks every year on CF reaching Burgos or Leon. Hospitalero San Anton June 2016.
Did you at least get to see the Ancient Monastery?
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Yep, open no matter what the weather! Both the old and new monasteries are worth the detour for anyone walking the CA.
 

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