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Two weeks and have all my nights pre booked!

Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by Annalisa, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:23 AM.

  1. Annalisa

    Annalisa New Member

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    Are you prepared to change your bookings if you decide to walk farther or shorter than planned??
     
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  3. Annalisa

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    Yes if something would change along the way! I will be walking from St Jean June 25 to Burgos July 9.
     
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    I booked all the way from SJPP to Santiago and was glad I did since it was my first time. I might do it differently the next time but this worked out well for me. I was in the minority of people that did the walk but I would say about 30% booked the full trip ahead and no one I ran into complained about it. The downside is if you sustain an injury and you have to slow down or take a day off; but there are many ways to catch up if that happens.
     
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    falcon269 no commercial interests

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    I booked tonight standing in front of the albergue. I am on the Camino.

    THAT is a real fear of commitment, I am afraid! A month of bookings is far beyond my ken.
     
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  7. Anniesantiago

    Anniesantiago Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Just please be sure to call and cancel if you have changes in plans.
    That way, some poor pilgrim won't be without a bed because they're holding it for you.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your experiences. I will only walking from June 25 - July 9. So I only had to plan two weeks. Since I have bad migraines I thought getting a private room most nights would help. Next year when I pick up where I leave off I may do it differently.
     
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    I will for sure. I will not be taking a room/bed from a poor pilgrim so no worries on that.
     
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    Enjoy I only have two weeks and this is my first experience of the or any Camino. I have done 50 mile trail runs so I am up for the miles. Since I am going alone and suffer from migraines private rooms most nights seemed like the best option. Also my husband felt more comfortable knowing where I will be staying and felt part of the planning. Next year maybe it will be different. But everyone has a different comfort level. Aren't we all just pilgrims searching for our thing ?
     
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    Annalisa
    Enjoy the comfort you will derive from knowing your accommodation is sorted. I think many people love the spontaneity that is possible on the camino and so they are eager to share that with you. But sometimes that can come across as "you are doing it the wrong way". By nature I'm a planner, but I love to release that when traveling - for you, this time, your decision sounds perfect!
    Buen camino
     
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    Thank you so much I really needed that!
     
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    Annalisa-- Stick to your plans-- it's far easier! I've walked various camino trails 6 times and a few years ago, pre-planned the whole Frances route from SJPDP to SDC. I was great to relax and not have to scramble for a bed. Buen camino to you!
     
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    I've been doing the Camino in stages over the last few years - I'm completing it this year when I walk from Léon to Sarria - and I have always pre-booked private accommodation (hostals, hotels) where possible. I've stayed in albergues too but I prefer a room of my own, thanks very much. It is a great relief knowing that there is a place waiting for you at the end of a day's walk. It makes for a more relaxing experience, in my view, and you can afford to stop at various places and take in the sights without worrying about getting a bed. Yes, you are restricted in that you have to stay at a particular destination but seeing as most people walk the daily stages recommended by John Brierley that is not a problem. I have never regretted not walking longer or shorter on any day.
     
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    Each to their own. Personally my anxiety goes the other way: I hate the idea of booking a bed and then feeling the pressure to make it to that particular destination come what may. My only personal hard-and-fast rule when walking is that I walk all the way. No skipping sections by bus or taxi. To be confident of reaching a fixed destination each day despite any routine mishaps I would have to book in stages much shorter than I would normally prefer to walk.
     
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    Thanks John that is what I am looking forward to. Knowing I can relax and enjoy each day taking it all in because I don't have to worry about finding a bed early. I have broken it up into a variety of distances and used his book as a reference in doing so. I am looking forward to staying at the different places I picked along The Way.
     
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    My anxiety goes the other way. That is the only way I found I could relax about attempting it. Maybe it is the ultra runner in me. I know it isn't a race and God knows that is not what I am looking for in this journey it is all about healing. I don't see there will be a need for a taxi or bus. If I can cover 50 trail miles in 11 hours at home and hike 10 miles each day on an average. I feel that I should be able to cover the various stages I planned without issue. I do have from sun up to down no need to rush since I can check in up to 8pm if I want. Just a slow walk and enjoy the way. I would have loved to do the whole journey in one year but I can only get this amount off at one time so next year I plan to finish.
     
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    I sat in the car today in Sahagun waiting for Paddy to drop into the pharmacia because there was no place to park other than a restricted zone. He was out in the rain and I was in the sanctity of a warm car. The weather has done a complete 180 in the last 24 hours in the Meseta; we have gone from a week of summerish weather to downright miserable conditions. It was not a day for walking, unless you are a duck, and as I sat there I watched many befuddled pilgrims walking around with their noses stuck in the "Brierley" trying to find a room for the night. It was before noon, so there must be a problem with what's available in town today. My concern with pre-booking is what do you do if it is pouring down rain when you wake up in the morning? Take a taxi to your next designated stop? I'm with Falcon, I walk until the conditions tell me to stop or when it suits me and voila there is always a place to stay sitting right in front of me.
     
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    What do I do if it's pouring down rain? I dress accordingly and walk. Not a problem. Ain't gonna melt, y'know :)
     
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    There are many ways of looking at this problem and there is no right answer. It is a matter of what you can tolerate and how these things are perceived. First of all, I have started each camino by giving myself permission to fail. There are bus lines, taxis, etc, as has been mentioned. There are many "what if's," rain not being the most devastating-- there are physical injuries (much more serious than blisters) and illnesses to contend with. I served as a hospitalero twice in the past and saw pilgrims with cellulitis, broken bones, asthma not controlled with an inhaler, bronchitis, etc.
    I've walked on the trails multiple times, with and without reservations, but always had a plan in mind. There are times when we don't have the luxury of walking as slowly (or as quickly) as we would like due to having to catch trains and planes to get back home (unless you could afford the luxury of having an open return ticket). If plans have to change, it's not the absolute end of the world, but can say that I know what my body can take and have stuck to my plans over all of my camino walks. I remember hiking during a cold November one year in torrential rain and was over 60 years old at the time. I had good gear and stayed reasonably well off because of it.
    I think the approach to doing a camino is very individual and what suits one person might not work at all for someone else.
     
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    May you not regret it.
     
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    I love the rain
     
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    The original poster is walking for two weeks, not a month.
     
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    Annalisa, I'm sure prebooking will take off a lot of pressure!

    You are going to have a wonderful time.

    Buen Camino!

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    Still... tje question/reasonong applies.
     
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    Thank you Mike I am sure there will be plenty of unknowns I am looking forward to.
     
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    Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge very much appreciated.
     

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