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Julia Mumford

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
#1
So, I was fretting, panicking and had high anxiety about the lack of beds on the Camino, especially as my 13 year old daughter was with me. I even considered buying a new tent... But I need not have worried.

Saturday we left St Jean at 10am and after a painful walk (OMG its steep!), we arrive at the Orrison at 1pm. We hadn't booked and they had plenty of beds! I can not explain the relief!

We left the Orrison at 7.45am and got to Roncesvalles around 1pm. I'm just once again there were more than enough beds. (Beds were clean and four little here in a cubicle which helped with the snorers).

We have not long arrived in Zubri and we got beds (4 of us) at the first Albergue we came to.

My message to you is please do not fret. Reading comments on here the week before e came nearly ruined my Camino experience. I'm pleased to report that the Camino is everything you was hoping for.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walking the Camino end of first week of June 2016
#2
I am happy to hear this Julia as I am traveling on the Camino at the end of next week and have been hearing some horror stories about there being no beds. I did not want to have to book ahead for the accommodation.

thanks
Karen
 

Tecoch

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk June 2016
#3
Yay! I am happy for you! and it's a relief for me to read as my family of four (me, husband, and two teens) are starting in mid June from Castrojeriz. I do have a few places booked but we will mostly see what happens. Also glad to hear that there are other teens out there!
:)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#4
Reading comments on here the week before we came nearly ruined my Camino experience.
have been hearing some horror stories
My comments are intended to be gentle, not critical... so I apologize for taking these quotes out of context.:eek:
Much of the "negative" feeling came from the readers focusing on the questions/fears posed on the forum more than on the answers/information provided by experienced pilgrims on how to manage things. Overall, the informed answers revealed that the camino was predictably-busy, with waves of very-busy and waves of quiet, but it was still manageable in any case. It is easy to pick up on the fears expressed in the questions, and ignore the balanced responses. Even allowing for some poetic license, I don't remember any horror stories reported with any credibility. Rather, we tend create horror stories ("worst case scenarios") in our own minds when we embark on something unknown. I certainly do it myself and sometimes need to remind myself that I'm doing so. :)
 

Peter Fransiscus

Do good and good will come to you.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
#5
So, I was fretting, panicking and had high anxiety about the lack of beds on the Camino, especially as my 13 year old daughter was with me. I even considered buying a new tent... But I need not have worried.

Saturday we left St Jean at 10am and after a painful walk (OMG its steep!), we arrive at the Orrison at 1pm. We hadn't booked and they had plenty of beds! I can not explain the relief!

We left the Orrison at 7.45am and got to Roncesvalles around 1pm. I'm just once again there were more than enough beds. (Beds were clean and four little here in a cubicle which helped with the snorers).

We have not long arrived in Zubri and we got beds (4 of us) at the first Albergue we came to.

My message to you is please do not fret. Reading comments on here the week before e came nearly ruined my Camino experience. I'm pleased to report that the Camino is everything you was hoping for.
Hi Julia, I'm happy for you that everything went well.
Wish you all a wonderful journey and a Buen Camino, Peter.
 

Cinzia69

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Roncesvalle/Santiago
2014 Roncesvalle/Burgos
#6
I' m very happy to heard this from you Julia. On 11 June I start my third Camino wifh my daugther ( 17 years old).
Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
June (2016)
#7
So, I was fretting, panicking and had high anxiety about the lack of beds on the Camino, especially as my 13 year old daughter was with me. I even considered buying a new tent... But I need not have worried.

Saturday we left St Jean at 10am and after a painful walk (OMG its steep!), we arrive at the Orrison at 1pm. We hadn't booked and they had plenty of beds! I can not explain the relief!

We left the Orrison at 7.45am and got to Roncesvalles around 1pm. I'm just once again there were more than enough beds. (Beds were clean and four little here in a cubicle which helped with the snorers).

We have not long arrived in Zubri and we got beds (4 of us) at the first Albergue we came to.

My message to you is please do not fret. Reading comments on here the week before e came nearly ruined my Camino experience. I'm pleased to report that the Camino is everything you was hoping for.

Thank you soooo much for your post! My husband, 13 year old daughter and I are set to begin on June 10th. We were very worried, particularly because of our daughter. Reading your post was such a relief! We also plan to break up the first day at Orrison. I have already prepaid for it though. I was really scared after reading some of these posts about the bed races! Buen Camino!!!
 

kdespot

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés SJPP-SdC Sept-Oct 2016
#8
Thank you, C Clearly. Your point is so well taken. The very basic lesson of the glass of water that is half filled. I, too, had abandoned thoughts of my first Camino being on the Francés... and was desperately seeking alternative routes. But this is the route that I want to walk... and so my wisdom, and that of others, will see me through a wonderful experience. I'll be in St Jean in September...
 

LuisCF

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (((Roncesvalles to Najera June 2016))
#9
My God what a relief, I am starting my first Camino this Saturday the 4th at Roncesvalles. My two main worries heve been getting the dreaded blisters and not finding a bed after a long walk.
I can't wait to get going, I am sure this is going to be something special for me and for all of you who are already doing the Camino or are just like me ready to go.
See you soon.
Os deseo a todos un muy buen Camino ( I wish you all a very enjoyable Camino).
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#11
It just depends where you are. The crowds are in waves. If you get into a busy wave, either slow down and walk a half stage or speed up to get into the 'ditch.'

I was shocked at seeing NO PILGRIMS in Sarria after watching so many being turned away earlier on. But we bussed a few stages and voila!

Then again in Pedrouzo pilgrims couldn't find beds and had to taxi or walk ahead.

Last night I did see at least 10 pilgrims turned away at San Martin Pinario. If you wish to sleep here in the pilgrim rooms, reservations should be made as soon as you are sure of your arrival date.

Just ride in the ditch between the waves.
 

long trails

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances June 2016
Portugues April 2017
#12
I am now lunching in Naverette, so 8 days in. The only plce with bed issues was Los Arcos, but I think that's a wll known bottle neck. Buen Camino.
 
#13
Yes there seems to be plenty of beds if your prepared to walk 10km days and stop and check in around noon ish. It's very common to see people taking taxis at 3pm to the next or the last village for a bed
 

Julia Mumford

Adventure Geek
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
#14
We finished our first Camino experience yesterday, and it was the BEST thing I have ever done. The bed situation was absolutely fine - even when we arrived late (around 5pm/6pm).

We finished after 6 days of walking - 90 miles in total, at Estella. We can't wait to go back to complete the next section. The thing that made it for me was the people. You can read my blog (if you are interested) - here http://www.moderndaypilgrim.co.uk/

PS - I'm now addicted to the Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Aug-Oct 2016)
#15
My message to you is please do not fret. Reading comments on here the week before e came nearly ruined my Camino experience. I'm pleased to report that the Camino is everything you was hoping for.
Thank you for posting this Julia. One of my worst fears of my upcoming Camino is the race for beds. I decided early on in my planning to try not to let it overwhelm me each day when I walk. I guess only time will tell if I will be so lucky!
 

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