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Peregrinopaul

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Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Sanabres (2018) Frances reverse(2018)
Last year I returned from Santiago along the Frances to StJpdP and then continued along the west coast of France to Roscoff in Brittany. I took the ferry to Cork and left my bike with my son who lives there.

I was so taken with the charm and beauty of France that I had decided to return there and spend a month or more cycling the wonderful designated tracks along canals and rivers. I leave in 3 weeks, and I’m already wondering how I will fare without the Field of Stars beckoning me on to a goal I have become accustomed to every year since 2012. Crikey, I’ll be a tourist instead of a pilgrim! I don’t know how I’ll handle that.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Crikey, I’ll be a tourist instead of a pilgrim! I don’t know how I’ll handle that.
:) Other pilgrimage destinations are available! Why not pick yourself somewhere interesting along the canals or rivers that you want to cycle - preferably somewhere with a good solid religious back story - and tell yourself that is where you are heading. Though not necessarily by the most direct or obvious route ;)
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
I have always loved the trip along the Canal Du Midi and have followed it both ways in the camper several times. If you were to do Med to Atlantic and then take the train from Bordeaux to Bayonne you are pretty much set for the Norte or the Frances. Whatever you decide, enjoy.
Buen Camino.
 

Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Sanabres (2018) Frances reverse(2018)
Other pilgrimage destinations are available!
In fact, Bradypuss, I will be going to Le Puy en Velays. I understand there is wonderful pilgrim centre and museum there. Not to mention that spectacular cathedral. So maybe that will be the moment.
 

Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Sanabres (2018) Frances reverse(2018)
I have always loved the trip along the Canal Du Midi and have followed it both ways in the camper several times. If you were to do Med to Atlantic and then take the train from Bordeaux to Bayonne you are pretty much set for the Norte or the Frances. Whatever you decide, enjoy.
Buen Camino.
I’ve pretty much committed myself to the round-trip, but I will indeed be following the Canal du Midi, heading for Bordeaux, then all points north back to Roscoff. Next year I guess!
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Cycled caminos francés, Finisterre, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018)
Non, rien de rien, non, je ne regrette rien,
Ni le bien qu’on ma fait, ni le mal...
 

NorthernLight

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Search out the Marion pilgrimage sites?

There are Saints relics scattered all over France, surely some will be close enough to your path to turn your route into a pilgrimage.

Bon chemin.
 

SusanSmyth

Happy Member 😋
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017 Francés
March 2018 Inglés
June 2019 Madrid
I’ve pretty much committed myself to the round-trip, but I will indeed be following the Canal du Midi, heading for Bordeaux, then all points north back to Roscoff. Next year I guess!
I can’t remember the name of it, but there IS a pilgrimage in Brittany, France, which goes from one founding church to the next. I think it is seven churches? When I was in Plouézec last year there was a big feast to welcome the priest and all the pilgrims as they passed through,
 

marylynn

Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011-12-14-15-16-17-18-(19) CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
Several years ago, I cycled from La Rochelle to Biarritz on mostly dedicated cycling paths along the western coast of France, past beaches and sunflower fields, through forests and Les Landes. The route was mostly flat; a couple times we had to take a ferry and there were a couple long bridges to ride over. It was beautiful and safe. There were private accommodations and hotels along the way that were not very expensive. I suspect that there would have been many pilgrims walking to Santiago on this route in the early history of the Camino de Santiago because of the (mostly) easy walking. Check it out!
 
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MichaelB10398

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes to SdC, SJPP to SdC
Last year I returned from Santiago along the Frances to StJpdP and then continued along the west coast of France to Roscoff in Brittany. I took the ferry to Cork and left my bike with my son who lives there.

I was so taken with the charm and beauty of France that I had decided to return there and spend a month or more cycling the wonderful designated tracks along canals and rivers. I leave in 3 weeks, and I’m already wondering how I will fare without the Field of Stars beckoning me on to a goal I have become accustomed to every year since 2012. Crikey, I’ll be a tourist instead of a pilgrim! I don’t know how I’ll handle that.
My dear friend, there are literally countless sites to see and observe near the Canal du Midi. I am confident that you will find a few, or even many, destinations to draw you ever forward. It is certain that many of us have a holy envy for the things you will see and experience. Please do not forget to share your journey with us.
I pray the wind will ever be at your back,
 
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