Is there a real reason for a bed race?

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The question was:

There is much written about the shortage of beds on this forum; bed race, early leavers etc etc. Also, many people tell story’s about having heard or seen other people having a problem with finding a bed. But…actually I did not hear from anyone here or IRL that (s)he really didn’t find a bed him/herself and had to sleep outside. Two times I’ve asked on this forum about OWN experience, no one reacted…
I’ve done different camino’s but not the frances, never experienced a real problem myself. A friend who walked the frances different times of the year sometimes found a full albergue but never really had a problem either. She does even challenge this bed race with walking till late afternoon, not wanting to worry about this.

So, I’m really wondering about this bed situation and would like to know if it is just a fictional problem on which we can project our fear or if it is a real problem…
So please, if you had a real problem yourselves (not just a full albergue but hardly being able to find a bed and not heard from other people) I would like to read your experience. Also if you did not care about finding a bed and always found one too, I would like to know.

Read the interesting conversation on the Race for beds on the Camino de Santiago in our Camino forum.

  • Chris Reynolds

    I hiked Francis in the summer last year and many times Albergues were full. However, don’t let this become your fear. Many of those priests/nuns that are there to serve the Pilgrims will tell you…..the purpose of a Pilgrimage is not to race….if you race you are taking away from your own personal experience and you could be taking a bed away from someone that needs it more than you do…..(however you see many people doing this especially the last 200k, there were a lot of people calling ahead and freaking out about a bed) The true purpose of a Pilgrimage is to follow your heart and trust that all things will be taken care of. I had to let go of fear many times and just trust that I would find a place to sleep….and guess what EVERY SINGLE TIME…..myself and those whom I was walking with ended up having a priceless experience….from having the locals take us in and feed us and give us wine, to finding albergues with the back doors unlocked, to finding a nice field to just stay the night. Don’t put your worries on finding a bed, put your focus on letting go and trusting that everything will be take care of and this my friend…..is when the magic will happen. :):) Buen Camino

    • Joann Derr Rivera

      oh, chris, thank you so much for that response! I will be making my pilgrimage in may…starting from leon, (no time or money for entire camino). but it crossed my mind, after reading books of others’ experiences. my mind is now at peace.

  • Hyung Woo Park

    I walked whole Frances Camino at last summer from middle of August. From the St jean pied de port to Leon(maybe). It was totally easy to find a bed every day. But when we getting close more to Santiago. We saw many group tourists which is coming by big bus and walking few days and go back. They also used normal albergue. So it was getting harder to find a bed at the last part of Camino. So we had to sleep kind of sports center more than week. When we couldn’t find sports center we just slept outside. Because we didn’t wanted competition
    to get the bed. Yea honestly we tried for ond day. We woke up at 5 morning and rushed like a race and arrived at albergue at 11. When we arrived there was only few beds. It was totally crazy. And we decide to sleep enough and enjoy those Camino more. So we slept until lunch time and walked slowly with beautiful nature. Anyway the main problem was big group tourists. They have a right to go to Camino i know. But they dont have a right that disturbing real Pilgrims. Isn’t it?