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Two questions how to arrange transport of bags and can I take buses between towns

sue macias

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I would like to do the Camino but I have 20 days I would like to walk to the important locations like famous places but need to bus in between and send my bag ahead due to neck injuries
What are some auggestions
 
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Molly Cassidy

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If you start in Leon (or a bit further depending on how many kms you walk a day), you could walk all the way to Santiago without taking busses.

There are various pack transport services.
 
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Hello Sue, and welcome to the Forum.
If you are planning for the Frances route, your bag transfer friend is Jacotrans and your albergue can help you set that up each evening.
You can certainly bus (or train) between many towns. I recall an injured pilgrim who bussed from Viana to Logrono, for example.
I took a train on one trip from a short distance east of Leon.
And Spouse and I took a taxi once from Fonfria, down the hill to Triacastella… so you have a few options to handle moving along — even in remote areas.
What to skip is entirely a personal judgement. Just don’t skip the last 100K *if* you are seeking a compostella in Santiago.
 

Jeff Crawley

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A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
Before my first Camino a Spanish friend told me it would be like in inside out sandwich - the best bits on the outside and the middle (the Mesata) a bit blah.

Many, who love the Mesata, will disagree. On my last trip across it it rained all the way from Fromista to Leon so on my latest CF, along with a friend who had walked the Mesata previously in a blistering heatwave, I caught the bus from Fromista to Palencia and the train on to Leon and have never regreted it.

As @Faye Walker says, if you want a Compostela, make sure you walk continuously from Sarria onwards and get at least two sellos per day.

There are many baggage handlers, Jacotrans being the most experienced - they carried our bags on the last stretch into Santiago on a day when it poured with torrential rain. We stood like drowned rats in the foyer of the Reis Catolicos and in came our packs, bone dry!

Better to take the odd bus than risk further injury. It's your Camino, walk as you will.

Buen Camino.
 
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What are some auggestions
There is bus service most places and you will see lots of taxi stickers on every post. I took the bus one day when my feet were bothering me and I handed the bus driver a €20 note and he was very annoyed as the fare was about €2. I was surprised. I also took a side trip one day to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim Museum. Just find the local bus terminal/stop. There are lots of options so you can be very flexible in your travel plans.
 

Cdancer

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Camino Frances 2018
You need to decide what your goal are for the Camino since you will be missing a third of the Pilgrimage.
Most people believe that the Camino has three stages starting at st Jean on the first leg you will meet people , learn the Camino basics and get physically tested. The second phase is the messeta which is long and boring where you will be forced to take time to think and discuss with your new Camino friends. The last stretch from Leon through Galacia is spiritual because of all the beautiful surroundings.
Taking cabs are busses is fine but it will have always an impact on friends and having a Camino family you will leave them behind.
Are you planning any downtime. Most people don’t. But that can cause problems
Always remember it is not a race or a challenge it is a pilgrimage to learn about your self so 20 days is ok if that is what you have but try to maximize it not in miles but memories
Definitely do Leon to Santiago the whole way that is 12 days. Also consider starting in pampalona walk for 3 days the bus to sahagun walk a little mesata into leon
What ever you choose remember you will want to spend some time in Santiago and maybe Leon or ponfferada
Shipping bags is easy you just have to know where you will end up. All the albugues have tags. You will need 5 or 6 euros in cash daily to put in the envelope with your destination on it no problem
Buen camino
 
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Hi Sue.
My trips are full but you might like my itinerary with a few tweaks.
You can see it here:
anniewalkers.com
Click on Itinerary

It includes walking over the pyrenees as well as getting your Compostela in Santiago. You bus or train between Logrono/Burgos/Leon/Astorga - so you walk the front and back. It's about 23 days, but I give extra days in Pamplona up front and in Santiago.
Anyway, feel free to steal it. :)
Annie
 

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Most years since 2012. Hoping now for 2022.
You need to decide what your goal are for the Camino since you will be missing a third of the Pilgrimage.
Most people believe that the Camino has three stages
I agree that it is helpful to understand what you want to get out of the Camino, or at least prioritize your objectives, so that you can plan according.

However...

You will not miss any of your pilgrimage. Many people choose a route beginning at Point A and ending in Santiago. More people choose a route beginning at Point B, C, D, or E.... and ending in Santiago. A few people start at home and end in Santiago. (I tend to think that one needs to end in Santiago, to say they have completed the Camino de Santiago.)

"Most" people don't particularly buy into the "three stages" model, although it is possible to apply that type of modeling to many endeavours in life. If it helps you understand and appreciate your pilgrimage, it is great, but I don't think one should choose a route with that expectation. There is an interesting discussion on this thread.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
Hi Sue.
My trips are full but you might like my itinerary with a few tweaks.
You can see it here:
anniewalkers.com
Click on Itinerary

It includes walking over the pyrenees as well as getting your Compostela in Santiago. You bus or train between Logrono/Burgos/Leon/Astorga - so you walk the front and back. It's about 23 days, but I give extra days in Pamplona up front and in Santiago.
Anyway, feel free to steal it. :)
Annie
That's a nicely planned out itinerary Annie - if I were a newbie I'd be tempted myself!

but "We stop at Irache, the famous fountain, and fill our bottles with wine" tsk, tsk, it's only supposed to be a cupful 🍷🍷 ;)
 

julia ann smith

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Past OR future Camino
StJpdP 2018
Before my first Camino a Spanish friend told me it would be like in inside out sandwich - the best bits on the outside and the middle (the Mesata) a bit blah.

Many, who love the Mesata, will disagree. On my last trip across it it rained all the way from Fromista to Leon so on my latest CF, along with a friend who had walked the Mesata previously in a blistering heatwave, I caught the bus from Fromista to Palencia and the train on to Leon and have never regreted it.

As @Faye Walker says, if you want a Compostela, make sure you walk continuously from Sarria onwards and get at least two sellos per day.

There are many baggage handlers, Jacotrans being the most experienced - they carried our bags on the last stretch into Santiago on a day when it poured with torrential rain. We stood like drowned rats in the foyer of the Reis Catolicos and in came our packs, bone dry!

Better to take the odd bus than risk further injury. It's your Camino, walk as you will.

Buen Camino.
I love the idea of a Sandwich! 😆 definitely recommend Pamplona 🤩
 
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