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Why is there not a full Frances (since that when this issue pops up, SJPP vs Roncesvalles) when there is a full Primitivo, Salvador, VDLP. We all know where these start and end, so why so much tension when SJPP is brought up as the starting point for the Frances?
The actual "full Camino" is to start from your front door to Santiago, then turn about and walk back home again (difficult, unless you live in Spain or in France or Andorra or Gibraltar near to the Spanish border) -- regardless of which route you've chosen. No, I've never done it either (though my godfather thinks I should do the full walk home), and BTW even in the Middle Ages pilgrims very often sought a quicker journey home than the time it took to get to for instance to Compostela or Jerusalem walking.
Besides that, home is both the start and finish point of any pilgrimage -- the notion that it might "start here" and "end there" comes from the concept of hiking trails, not pilgrimages.
So no, there's no such thing either as a "full Primitivo", "full Salvador", "full VDLP". We're pilgrims, not thru-hikers.
There's no "tension" about those without enough time still wanting to start in SJPP, there's only the frequent need to repeat the truth that there's nothing "special" about SJPP that might require people to start there, and particularly when they have time constraints.
I actually think that those flying or training into Bordeaux or Biarritz, Bayonne or Pau, if they have the time, should start by walking from the airport or train station to SJPP as the first section of their pilgrimage. Nearly everyone misses the experience of the solitary pilgrimage outside the standard Way ... plus, it would be excellent physical preparation for the stage over the Pyrenees to do that.
Of course, I also think that if people are flying at the start of their journey, ideally they should also walk from home to the airport.