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turkeyneck

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going and adapt. Multiple sclerosis decided to impact my life to the point of limiting my walking ability. Even with the help of braces and trekking poles, I am not able to walk everyday and for extended periods of time. However, I started training on a bicycle and stationary bicycle. For my October Camino Francés, I will rent an e-bike and cycle to Santiago and Finisterre. I am determined to do this before I lose mobility completely.
Maybe I will see some of you on the way. If I do, let us sit together, enjoy the day, and laugh.
Buen camino!
 
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Barbara

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Past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going and adapt. Multiple sclerosis decided to impact my life to the point of limiting my walking ability. Even with the help of braces and trekking poles, I am not able to walk everyday and for extended periods of time. However, I started training on a bicycle and stationary bicycle. For my October Camino Francés, I will rent an e-bike and cycle to Santiago and Finisterre. I am determined to do this before I lose mobility completely.
Maybe I will see some of you on the way. If I do, let us sit together, enjoy the day, and laugh.
Buen camino!
I'll be happy to take a while to sit and chat with you should we meet. Where do you plan to start? I'll be cycling in France, with maybe some of Spain, so it's not impossible that our paths will cross.
 
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Barbara

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Past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Ok, same time as me. Your starting point? Or don't you yet know? Are you already in Spain?
 

FSP

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Past OR future Camino
CF-2013
CP-2016
Fin-2016
Norte-2018
Muxia-2018
You are inspiring and courageous to say the least. I know that for as much as what this journey will do for you, you will do for those whose paths you cross. At those times when you feel worn down and doubting why your on the trail (they happen for all of us) just scream "Ultreïa" , it just seems to work.
 
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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
When the going gets tough, the tough get going and adapt. Multiple sclerosis decided to impact my life to the point of limiting my walking ability. Even with the help of braces and trekking poles, I am not able to walk everyday and for extended periods of time. However, I started training on a bicycle and stationary bicycle. For my October Camino Francés, I will rent an e-bike and cycle to Santiago and Finisterre. I am determined to do this before I lose mobility completely.
Maybe I will see some of you on the way. If I do, let us sit together, enjoy the day, and laugh.
Buen camino!
Admire your post. Now for the brass tacks :) E-Bike. As just one of my many impediments (excluding age 83 ) I have a severe balance problem left hand side. Nice medical person damn near fainted when I mentioned cycling! I think they were more interested in the mayhem I might cause cannoning in to things :) However as an ex-biker (the varoom varoom breed) I am convinced of the old adage " speed is the friend of balance". In your opinion would an e-bike get up to enuff speed before I arrive at the "abandon ship" moment? My love-dove cycles well, bless her, and we did quite a bit of cycle-camping years ago and I know she would love an e-bike. The camping bit is out! When I get the big win of course, it'll be an E-TRIKE and that might solve a few things. In the meantime, keep on truckin!

Yours aye,

Samarkand.
 

Kanga

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Past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
@turkeyneck I'll be cheering you on all the way to SDC. MS has affected our family too. Electric bike is the way to go. Don't be a martyr - use the side roads that parallel the camino path when the going is steep, rough or narrow. For example, the road up to O Cebreiro, and on the descent from the Cruz de Ferro. The road winds around the mountain rather than taking the straight downhill. The road is steep enough and the path is downright treacherous. I've walked the road in preference to the path a couple of times. On a bike it is a no-brainer.
 
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tpmchugh

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Past OR future Camino
2018
When the going gets tough, the tough get going and adapt. Multiple sclerosis decided to impact my life to the point of limiting my walking ability. Even with the help of braces and trekking poles, I am not able to walk everyday and for extended periods of time. However, I started training on a bicycle and stationary bicycle. For my October Camino Francés, I will rent an e-bike and cycle to Santiago and Finisterre. I am determined to do this before I lose mobility completely.
Maybe I will see some of you on the way. If I do, let us sit together, enjoy the day, and laugh.
Buen camino!
Buen Camino. Hope entering Spain is ok by then as it means my October holiday will be on
 

Barbara

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Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Malingerer has a good thought about a trike. NOT the sort your Granny would ride, but a sexy low slung recumbent, something that is a joy to ride and that requires no balancing or putting your foot down when you stop. They come in all varieties, from road racer to mountain and snow. My husband (decrepit with balance problems) and I have a pair, I ride the front one with the electric assist and he is on the back one pedalling as much as he can. The back one is towed, not exactly a tandem as we can separate them. We sling his rollator on the rack, fill the picnic basket, and go. Only snag is transport. With two we use a trailer. A single folding one will go in a car. A non folding one will go on a rack intended for three bikes.
PM me if you want some links to dealers. You might have to buy and resell if that's the way you decide to go. Not easy to rent, especially electric, but there is a second hand market. That's a Trigo in the picture, mine. 20 inch wheels delta. Not good on tracks, but that's not what we got it for. Lots of you tube videos around, take a look. IMG_20210405_170527-01.jpeg
 
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Camino Francés, Oct 2020
I really hope that everything is open and you can follow your dream. I was lucky enough to walk last October (CF) and am intending walking a short version this year with my OH who will probably be on around 10 km/day. Buen Camino and hopefully our paths will cross.
 
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turkeyneck

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@turkeyneck I'll be cheering you on all the way to SDC. MS has affected our family too. Electric bike is the way to go. Don't be a martyr - use the side roads that parallel the camino path when the going is steep, rough or narrow. For example, the road up to O Cebreiro, and on the descent from the Cruz de Ferro. The road winds around the mountain rather than taking the straight downhill. The road is steep enough and the path is downright treacherous. I've walked the road in preference to the path a couple of times. On a bike it is a no-brainer.
Thanks for that information. Now, I'm looking forward to that part of the ride.
 

turkeyneck

New Member
Your are right - a trike does solves a few things: balance issues, blisters, butt pain, watching the scenery, etc.

We have been using them for 9 years now and will never go back to the two-wheelers. But haven't used one on a Camino yet.
I haven't found a place that rents an electric trike yet. Although I'd prefer the trike, I'm training on two wheelers.
 

turkeyneck

New Member
Long is the road and weary the traveler. I think that's how it goes. A little tired after training today. My goal is to cycle 10 - 15k , take a break, and then repeat that rhythm until I reach my daily stop. As every pilgrim does, I will go at my pace and ability. I will embrace my internal turtle.
 

sunwanderer

Member
Past OR future Camino
SJPdP to Santiago
Sep/Oct 2015
Long is the road and weary the traveler. I think that's how it goes. A little tired after training today. My goal is to cycle 10 - 15k , take a break, and then repeat that rhythm until I reach my daily stop. As every pilgrim does, I will go at my pace and ability. I will embrace my internal turtle.
I haven't taken a two- or three-wheeled cycle on the Camino. But in general, a trike will not be able to go everywhere a bike would: narrow trails, rougher trails, and places where you have to carry (not push) your bike uphill.
 

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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 haven't taken a two- or three-wheeled cycle on the Camino. But in general, a trike will not be able to go everywhere a bike would: narrow trails, rougher trails, and places where you have to carry (not push) your bike uphill.
A trike will most likely mean a Camino by road only...it doesn't matter, it's whaever works and makes a person happy.🙂
One of my sons commented when we arrived in Santiago that a person could drive the whole Camino...it burst my bubble a little bit. He's definately not a pilgrim, but who cares! 😅
 
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sunwanderer

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SJPdP to Santiago
Sep/Oct 2015
A trike will most likely mean a Camino by road only...it doesn't matter, it's whaever works and makes a person happy.🙂
One of my sons commented when we arrived in Santiago that a person could drive the whole Camino...it burst my bubble a little bit. He's definately not a pilgrim, but who cares! 😅
I would find that too scary - winding roads, high speed vehicles, and me on a low profile, wide cycle.
 

Barbara

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Actually a trike won't mean road only. It will mean choosing on a daily basis according to the type of track. Also remember that there are many very good roads that have little traffic because the motorways have taken most of the cars and lorries.
Some of the tracks aren't really suited to two wheel bikes either. Applies to all caminos.
I ride a trike three or four times a week, actually two trikes coupled, with my ancient husband. I don't find it any worse on the road than a normal bike. The high flag and the rear flashing light help me to be seen, but even without that it's hardly invisible.
 

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