coming from St Jean Pied de Port towards Roncesvalles, at the start of the Camino, part of the path wends through an old forest.
Towards the end of the Camino in Galicia there are lots of eucalyptus trees.
I've walked about half of the way and I'd say it's not a particularly well-wooded trail. But having said that, when you do find yourself walking in shade you appreciate it all the more.
Starting in SJPP there are trees for the first several days...on the meseta there are few trees...then picking back up in Galicia - trees again! In short, plenty of trees, except for on the meseta. Buen Camino!
Trees are not very plentiful on the meseta, from Burgos to Leon; however, I would note that maples are planted in a single row from Sahagun on, and I counted 2,127 between El Burgo Raneros and Mansilla las Mulas.
If you are so inclined, here is the link to my Camino Francés photos....it is more or less chronological... beginning in Roncesvalles and ending in Santiago... you can see the transition from trees to meseta to trees.... there are plenty! http://picasaweb.google.com/aStoirin/CaminoDeSantiago#
You.counted.them. Oh my goodness!!!! With total respect oursonpolaire, I think we are all a little bit crazy, in the nicest possible of ways, to walk the Camino. But ummmmm maybe this takes the cake!!!!
Well, it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. Mind you, this was 2002, and the number may have changed since then, with stray seedlings sprouting up and other trees falling down. Perhaps someone might like to update and verify my count?
Yes, it never ceases to amaze me how different the views can look in different seasons weather. I have just looked at some wonderful photos I discovered via a recent thread, of the journey from Cluny to the Aubrac Plateau. I walked the Le Puy onwards part of this journey in mid-April last year, and had snow, heavy rain etc. My photos look sooooo different from the summertime ones I just viewed on the net. It is already making me think about plotting a return to Le Puy!!
That stretch of the walk is rather daunting particularly if you have no one to talk with. I wish I would have thought of counting the trees! I spent most of my time wishing they were bigger and closer together...
I live right in the middle of the "treeless" stretch described above -- beween Carrion de los Condes and Sahagun. I know for a fact there are hundreds of trees along this part of the camino. They are not often grouped into forests, they are not always right up against the path, but they are very much there: beeches, pines, spruces, oaks, and plane trees, maples and poplars and ashes and locust trees.
They´re just not right on the spot where the pilgrim wants them to be, so I guess they are invisible. :shock: