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What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own?

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Davey Boyd

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Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
Meeting so many people who want to walk with you or you want to walk with!

The idea of starting out on your own is intimidating, but believe me after a few days you will be worrying no longer! You will have the choice of walking in company (many people also starting out alone), or walking by yourself if you choose, or a bit of both. Just go with the flow and do what suits you at the time. Remember, everyone is in the same boat.

Enjoy and Buen Camino!
Davey
 

ShaunKevin

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2015)
Portuguese (2018)
What is the most intimidating aspect of walking teh Camino Frances on your own? I'm a man so it might be a different answer compared to a woman's perspective.
Nothing really mate. I’ve been twice now and it’s actually all straight forward. Only concern I had was walking out of Lisbon and thought ‘what if I get injured’ as no one else was around.

Relax, have fun, enjoy. And take care of those feet.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
Trying to remember my apprehension before the first camino, I'd say the lack of knowledge whether my feet and legs would hold up for weeks of walking. Turned out not to be a big problem. Now, I have a better understanding of my limits and strengths.
 

Albertagirl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own? I'm a man so it might be a different answer compared to a woman's perspective.
@brownowl
I would say this depends on your health, your temperament (eg. extreme introvert in co-ed dormitories) and most of all on your experience in long-distance walking. If you have had this experience, you will know how to face challenges and that there is nothing to be intimidated by. If you do not have this experience, make sure that you have considered your health and given yourself enough time to walk without excess pressure to complete. And just be open to what comes. Maybe whatever you feel intimidated by is your growing edge, what you can learn from your pilgrimage experience. Buen camino.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
I was just telling a newbie pilgrim friend today who was asking me a lot of "what if?" questions, that you don't have to figure everything out by yourself, because you will soon have a lot of new friends who are in the same boat, and you can figure things out together
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Confessing my husband that I'm booked to fly out.......to Spain......Again


Its not like he didn't know, but booking the actual flight makes it quite solid


Edited to add, I didn't find anything about the Camino intimidating, but actually getting to St Jean can be a lengthy mission from NZ.
 

MichaelB10398

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes to SdC, SJPP to SdC
What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own? I'm a man so it might be a different answer compared to a woman's perspective.
It is always the fears I generate and project out onto a what is coming. The challenge is to step into the dark, move into the unknown, and grasp it with all we have. With every moment squeeze it until the Camino saturates our being because we have let go and finally submitted to the Way.
 

Arctic_Alex

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking Camino Frances April 2019
Absolutely nothing is really intimidating.
I am maybe a bit concerned that the bigger cities are simply too loud for me. Or that the path is too crowded. But this is just concerns as in how much I will enjoy the trip, not substantial fear.

Spain is a safe country, no war zone, no wilderness (which I would consider safer than large cities though ;-) ), no extreme climate ...
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
The challenge is to step into the dark, move into the unknown, and grasp it with all we have. With every moment squeeze it until the Camino saturates our being because we have let go and finally submitted to the Way.
It is easier to say this after the fact than before! Before my first camino or two, I would have found this statement to be extremely intimidating! It just doesn't suit me. However, now that I am more experienced with pilgrims and pilgrimage, I understand better what you mean, and I am more accepting of this sentiment. :)
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
You are welcome then to a mixed German or Swedish sauna to acculture even more ... no, in a proper sauna no one wears anything ;-)
That sometimes catches people a bit off guard too I ca tell you...
That may be a bit too much culture.

Buen camino.
 

Dorpie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Welcome @brownowl

What's intimidating is a pretty personal thing so I'm not sure how much help can be offered by people essentially making a list of things to potentially worry about...but. For me it was posibility of not making any friends and being alone for a whole month. I needn't have worried, I made my first camino friend before I'd even got off the bus to St. Jean and never worried again.

There are so many people to meet and places to stay and ways you can walk (or bike) the Camino Frances that unless it just fundamentally isn't for you there should be a way to mitigate most worries.

What is it that you find intimidating?

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
So I have not walked since 2017 and I just booked my flight to Spain this evening. In doing so, I realized that I have my own concerns (fears) which were leading to my putting off making the booking. Mostly, I guess, trying to get the walk planned so that I would know for sure that I can complete the routes which I chose in the time that I am giving myself. I have to accept that anything can happen and I may have difficulties finishing my walk and getting my flight home. If there are problems, I shall work them out. That is what pilgrims do.
 

sugargypsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for May 2019: Camino Francés
My biggest challenge as well as anxiety is how I will able to deal with the daily walks. My physical condition is not the best despite training. It's a bit contradictory, but at the same time that's exactly one of the reasons to walk the Camino. I need and want the time to change, at the same time I'm afraid that it's going to be (too) demanding.

The only way to find out how I'll cope is to get going ...

... and to assure myself over and over again that I do not have to prove anything to anyone, especially not to myself. If it's only 5 or 10 km a day at the beginning, it's o.k.

Step by step, sounds easy but not to me, I'm used to do everything else the fast way, usually quite successfully ...
 
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IngridF

Intrepid Peregrina
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2015 ,2017, 2019
So I have not walked since 2017 and I just booked my flight to Spain this evening. In doing so, I realized that I have my own concerns (fears) which were leading to my putting off making the booking. Mostly, I guess, trying to get the walk planned so that I would know for sure that I can complete the routes which I chose in the time that I am giving myself. I have to accept that anything can happen and I may have difficulties finishing my walk and getting my flight home. If there are problems, I shall work them out. That is what pilgrims do.
When are you Camino bound, this Ontario girl heading out May 15 to Ireland first aND then Spain late June.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
Perhaps the first few steps... walking alone.

My husband walked the first half day with me. I cried for about 10 minutes as I walked away from him but then pilgrims walked by and said hello and that was it... I never felt alone and you can choose how much or how little company you want. Arriving at the first albergue felt like the most natural thing in the world... and by dinner I was eating with friends.

I'm not sure if this is what you meant... but I hope it helps :)
 

gersevink

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Camino del Norte, Fisterra, Muxia
2015 Via de la Plata Sevilla Santiago
2016 Camino Portugues
Making friendly people understand I like to walk alone. I'm social later but I miss too much around me when I walk with other people.
Helemaal mee eens!
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I think the most intimidating things are probably more in your imagination and the anticipation rather than the reality on the ground. I walked my first Camino Frances at a time when it was still possible to walk for two or three days at a stretch even in summer without ever seeing another pilgrim. I cannot recall ever being in a situation where I felt that I really needed others with me for my comfort or safety.
 

Jamieb

New Member
2 things for me...Getting to my starting point - never have used public transportation in the USA - so the thought of navigating trains & buses makes me anxious. Close second thing is the actual long walking days, day after day - lots of thoughts run thru my head - am I going to be able to do it?
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
When are you Camino bound, this Ontario girl heading out May 15 to Ireland first aND then Spain late June.
@IngridF
As usual for me, I shall be going on camino in the autumn, leaving Calgary in mid September to fly to Spain and volunteer as a hospitalera in Najera until the end of the month. Then on to Madrid to walk the Madrid, the Frances from Sahagun to Ponferrada, and the Invierno to Santiago. Home again in early November. One of these days, I shall make another trip to Ireland, maybe in 2021, which should be the fiftieth anniversary of my completing my Master's Degree in Dublin. A stopover there on my way to another camino seems like a great idea.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Without a doubt having to deal with yourself. You will understand quickly why others think you are annoying. You should walk a really isolated route like Le Puy or The Norte especially after you head south of the coast. You are alone all day!!! All fears are in our heads. Just walk and you will clear all the crap out!
 

Lisanne

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning: camino Frances april/may 2019
My biggest challenge as well as anxiety is how I will able to deal with the daily walks. My physical condition is not the best despite training. It's a bit contradictory, but at the same time that's exactly one of the reasons to walk the Camino. I need and want the time to change, at the same time I'm afraid that it's going to be (too) demanding.

The only way to find out how I'll cope is to get going ...

... and to assure myself over and over again that I do not have to prove anything to anyone, especially not to myself. If it's only 5 or 10 km a day at the beginning, it's o.k.

Step by step, sounds easy but not to me, I'm used to do everything else the fast way, usually quite successfully ...
You sound like me! Let’s just say: we can do this! 💪🏼 Buen Camino!
 

Lizanne801

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2014 - May 2017; Finisterre & Muxia May 2016; Ingles Sept 2018
What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own? I'm a man so it might be a different answer compared to a woman's perspective.
Eating on your own in the evening! If you’re only staying in albergues this doesn’t really apply but, especially in the bigger cities where you can’t necessarily recognise fellow pilgrims, eating on your own in a restaurant can feel a little intimidating. However, almost always you start talking to someone. The CF is very friendly and the whole experience wonderfully worthwhile. Buen camino!
 

Tincatinker

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What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own?
For me its catching the eye of that grizzled veteran, hunched in the corner of the bar, swigging a Copa de Ciento Tres, exuding "been there & done it..", not even checking their Brierley.

Just watch them in the morning, mincing out of their bunk, groping for their boots and wincing in the crashing light of morning...
 

november_moon

Veteran Member
Without a doubt having to deal with yourself. You will understand quickly why others think you are annoying. You should walk a really isolated route like Le Puy or The Norte especially after you head south of the coast. You are alone all day!!! All fears are in our heads. Just walk and you will clear all the crap out!

Yeah, that's my intimidation factor too - basically spending so much uninterrupted time in my own head and getting on my own nerves. I travel a lot by myself, so I am pretty used to being in my own company, but there are usually things to do, see, read, etc. in my travels - and a lot of my solo travels are for work, so that means there is ALWAYS something occupying my brain. Walking for days and weeks with my brain unencumbered is a different story entirely. I walked the Camino with my husband, which worked well because we could spend all the quiet time we wanted, but had each other to talk to when being in our own heads wasn't satisfying.
 

amocatnerak

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April 2018, Frances October 2019
Well, for me it was dealing with my travel arrangements for the French portion of the journey. For some reason I am ALWAYS having to work around strikes whenever I travel to, or through, France. Next time I vow to go directly to Spain! ;)
 

efdoucette

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011 Camino Frances
Since 2011 - too many to list
Relative to lesser travelled Caminos I think. Unable to speak the language of the country, walking into a bar, handful of tables, a few locals, no written menu, a grizzled up old timer behind the bar giving you the stare. What do you do??? ... Make eye contact, smile, chuckle at the situation, and in your best foreign words say hello, order your coffee / beer, don't take yourself too serious, be in the moment and have fun.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Yeah, that's my intimidation factor too - basically spending so much uninterrupted time in my own head and getting on my own nerves. I travel a lot by myself, so I am pretty used to being in my own company, but there are usually things to do, see, read, etc. in my travels - and a lot of my solo travels are for work, so that means there is ALWAYS something occupying my brain. Walking for days and weeks with my brain unencumbered is a different story entirely. I walked the Camino with my husband, which worked well because we could spend all the quiet time we wanted, but had each other to talk to when being in our own heads wasn't satisfying.
When I am walking alone for long stretches I try to clear my head of all thoughts. I try to get my mind to feel like a blank canvass would look. To do this I have relearn on each camino the ability to let thoughts go and not allow one thought to stay with me too long. The way I can achieve this is two fold. First I need to walk longer camino. I try to do at least 800 to 1000K if possible. One year when I walked just the Portuguese it wasn't until the day I got to Santiago that I was able to achieve this. I walked the last 20K or so without stopping and didn't really notice where I was until I saw the twin towers of our Cathedral in the distance. I was pretty sad because I finally got to that place and now I am at that place and it is over and I have to go home. But I digress. The method that works best for me is to clear the stuffed attic of my brain is to just listen to the sounds when I walk. I don't mean all the sounds around me but one specific sound, like my breathing or especially when I am walking on gravel, the sounds of my feet on the gravel. It really helps my body and soul rhythm and I am able to have stillness in my brain. That is when the good stuff happens, like hearing my father's voice in my head and heart reminding me he is still with me. Buen Camino! Oh yea, it is great that you can walk so well with your husband. Not every couple can do that.
 

Paul McAmino

Blue Ridge
Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
The snow-covered mountains of Galicia on my first Camino were a daily reminder of having to get over them. They start like a mirage, like a small nagging feeling at the back of the mind, and suddenly you’re in among them, climbing through the sleet and mist, arriving in dream-villages whose wet paving stones reflect the passers by.
Then they’re over.
That feeling remained with me until I was in San Xil, a small place that made me happy as the sun came out.
All the best,
Paul
 

Rj7797

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017
"I didn't know what I didn't know", I think the saying goes. I didnt read or watch anything about the way before going. I might actually be a little itimidated going back for a second time from some of the physical aspects. I remember some painful and trying days. I will know when they are around the bend. Also I was crazy lucky with weather. Next maybe not?
 

MeganG22

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What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own? I'm a man so it might be a different answer compared to a woman's perspective.
I walked alone in 2014 determined that it would make me more outgoing and help me meet new people (I walked with a partner in 2012 and we were our own social unit, which was comforting but also a little disappointing.) I will admit I did not do that well with my promise to myself, until a couple weeks in and someone else struck up a conversation with me just by chance- after that it was an amazing journey!
I think it can be completely liberating to go alone, but also challenging. For me personally, it was intimidating to talk to strangers, simply because I have a hard time convincing myself that strangers would want my company. But honestly, my solo Camino was the single best experience of my life thus far. I have walked a couple Caminos with other people, and I doubt anything will ever compare with going solo.
 

Jeri

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Frances: (2016), Del Norte: (2018), Finisterre: (2018)
Olvidado/San Salvador/Primativo: (2019)
What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own? I'm a man so it might be a different answer compared to a woman's perspective.
For me, the most intimidating part of going alone was he fear of the unknown and the mind spinning about what could go wrong. The hardest part? G
 

Jeri

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Frances: (2016), Del Norte: (2018), Finisterre: (2018)
Olvidado/San Salvador/Primativo: (2019)
.....Getting on the plane. My first camino was the most enabling and confidence building thing I have ever done. Enjoy!
 

Espee84

...
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés June/July 2018
VdlP- hatching plans
For me - as a single woman - being alone somewhere isolated when the only other person who turns up is a single man (eg in the country lanes when a farmer turns up in a car or tractor, or in a large dorm when they decide to take the bed right next to you).
 

Albertagirl

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Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
For me - as a single woman - being alone somewhere isolated when the only other person who turns up is a single man (eg in the country lanes when a farmer turns up in a car or tractor, or in a large dorm when they decide to take the bed right next to you).
Your post reminds of an incident which occurred when I was walking the VdlP. On a dusty country road in the middle of the day, I had an urgent need to relieve myself and retired to a ditch to do so discretely. At the same time, a farmer on a large tractor roared up, drove into the field immediately across from my ditch, turned his tractor so he was facing me just across the country road, and parked there. Then he got out his phone and started to talk on it, all the while keeping an eye on me (or so I thought). So I had to give up on my intention and go on. I cannot remember how long or far it was before I found an opportunity to do the necessary. This was on the VdlP, not on the Frances, which has facilities of all sorts much closer together.
 
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giuliamaria

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Camino(s) past & future
Past - Camino Frances April-May (2017)
Future - Camino Frances (Meseta) Madrid or Ingles (June 2019)
What is the most intimidating aspect of walking the Camino Frances on your own? I'm a man so it might be a different answer compared to a woman's perspective.
Loss of privacy 😐 For me the standout was the 4 bed pod in the albergue at Roncesvalles. I was the only female amongst 3 noisy snoring men and it was the worst, most sleepless night of my camino. Fortunately I gained a better perspective &was able to laugh about it later 😅
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
The overwhelming number of Catholic bishops and priests, and police doubling as pilgrims I meet on camino. Very intimidating.

Blasphemy, larceny, and other misdeeds are out of my purview.

Camino number two, I met 7 Catholic priests and 1 bishop from Germany.

Camino number four both hospies in Ponferrada were police, one from South America and the other from Spain.

Camino number three, when I also volunteered as a hospie in Rabanal del Camino. So many priests chatted me up, nothing untoward mind, my fellow hospies or wardens as we’re called my UK’s Confraternity of St. James, referred to me as: “a priest magnet”.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014), Camino Mozarabe, (3-days then aborted (2016), Via de la Plata/Sanabres (2018)
I felt intimidated that I didn't know enough Spanish in 2014 walking my first Camino. I didn't trust my basic knowledge of the language having lived most of my life in southern California.

My second Camino was abandoned after three gruelling days of heat and isolation of the Camino Mozarabe from Malaga in early September 2016, intending to walk to Santiago by wat if the vdlp. A family emergancy back home gave me the excuse to leave Spain, I was relieved because I was considering it anyway. My OCD tendencies cause me to dislike loose ends and unfinished business. I was a quitter!!

In 2018, I returned in April to walk the entire vdlp from Sevilla. I was intimidated the first week, that I didn't have what it takes to finish this 1000k+ walk. With the help if my "Camino Family" I triumphantly finished the vdlp 42-days later. Intimidation free!
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
I've been reading this with interest because I thought it a contradictory question with regard to the Camino I've experienced which has been positive and without F.E.A.R, false evidence appearing real. Having thought about it I would have to say that I am the most intimidating. The reason I say this as something changed inside me during the experience. I became more Spiritually aligned to the universal energy. On one occasion I approached two female walkers, one of which was heavily bandaged to enquire if they were OK. Immediately one of the women, without bandage and who turned out to be a holistic practitioner became quite intimidated accusing me of trying to take her energy. She came across as genuinely perturbed so I retreated and went on my way apologising and explaining that it was not my intent and I had no idea what she was implying. The Camino brought us together again some way along the trail and we spent a couple of hours walking and talking and providing revelations that provided us with a valuable lesson. In future walks I've had to be aware of my vibration and my intensity has been curtailed until I make a connection first. I've always thought energy vampires was nonsense but then I was faced with the realisation that to others I may be one. My advice to strong, confident pilgrims is too be gentle on first encounter:)
 

stevelm1

Recovering Perigrino
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sep-Oct 2015, I plan to walk the Camino Portuguese in Sep 2019.
My most worrisome moment was one night I was walking around a small town (by myself) and I came upon about 5 older teenage boys who all stopped talking and stared at me as I walked by. The fear was all in my head. They meant no harm.
 

celinehenriette

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Zwolle - Rome 2013
Jacobsweg Austria 2018
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Portugues 2018
Finisterre 2018
Most intimidating aspect for me was the thought of all the other humans on the way. As I walked the not very popular Jacobsweg in Austria the weeks before, I was a bit scared to suddenly be accompanied by that many people. It turned out great by the way, most people were amazing and there were enough times I could walk on my own if I wanted to.
 

Casserole

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 - Solo, SJPdP to Finisterre
2018 - Daughter (2) and Hubby, Sarria to SdC
Buying the plane ticket. I did it by myself when when I was 26. I felt safe the entire time. The hardest and most intimidating part was actually buying the ticket. Once that was done, it was all excitement!
 

Mike Savage

So many friends to meet . . . so little time
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés,Inglés
Muxia/Finisterre
Português Coastal
Português Central
Sanabrés
The most intimidating part for me is the actual travel to the place I will start walking. Changing planes and taking the metro in a foreign country is intimidating to me especially since I have never lived in a place where there was even a metro or subway available. Other than that there were many challenges but no intimidation.
 

Evvie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2019
Your post reminds of an incident which occurred when I was walking the VdlP. On a dusty country road in the middle of the day, I had an urgent need to relieve myself and retired to a ditch to do so discretely. At the same time, a farmer on a large tractor roared up, drove into the field immediately across from my ditch, turned his tractor so he was facing me just across the country road, and parked there. Then he got out his phone and started to talk on it, all the while keeping an eye on me (or so I thought). So I had to give up on my intention and go on. I cannot remember how long or far it was before I found an opportunity to do the necessary. This was on the VdlP, not on the Frances, which has facilities of all sorts much closer together.
Yes, what about bathroom breaks? When I was in the Himalayas we had no choice but to go slightly off the trail and try to be discreet, which was pretty much impossible.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Yes, what about bathroom breaks? When I was in the Himalayas we had no choice but to go slightly off the trail and try to be discreet, which was pretty much impossible.
On the Camino Frances, there are generally villages with bars that you will pass through several times on a day's walk. I think the longest distance between toilets is between Carrión de los Condes and Calzadilla de la Cueza at 17 km. I found that by going before I left in the morning and being aware of how much and when I was eating and drinking, I was generally able to hold it in until I got to proper facilities. There was one time that I will never forget that was pretty close, but I did manage until we got to the albergue and its washroom.

That said, a quick search on these forums will lead you to plenty of complaints about human waste and discarded toilet paper or tissues at any vaguely secluded place off the trail. The preferred approach is to "leave no trace" and have on hand some sort of plastic bag that you can use to remove what you would otherwise leave behind and carry to a proper garbage for disposal.
 

Nick B

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - May/June 2018
Portugese - (2019)
Norte - (2020)
Most intimidating would be knowing I had to return to the day to day drudgery of everyday life once the journey was complete.

Now when I see the negativity of the news I think of the Camino.

Now when I see an advertisement for reality TV I think of the Camino, even more so when I hear others discussing the events of last nights Married at First Sight or Bachelorette.

Now when I see another lying politician I think of the Camino.

Now when I hear whinging of work mates I think of the Camino.

Now when my partner nags me about hanging the washing or mowing the lawn I think of the Camino.

Now when see a bunch of people on public transport looking at their phones obsessively I think of the Camino.

Now when I'm out for dinner and I see another person take a photo of their meal to post on social media I think of doing the Camino.

My next journey can't come quick enough, will I make it ?
 
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    Votes: 43 4.0%
  • April

    Votes: 165 15.2%
  • May

    Votes: 265 24.4%
  • June

    Votes: 83 7.7%
  • July

    Votes: 21 1.9%
  • August

    Votes: 23 2.1%
  • September

    Votes: 311 28.7%
  • October

    Votes: 133 12.3%
  • November

    Votes: 13 1.2%
  • December

    Votes: 6 0.6%
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