Tomorrow is the day! The journey begins after two years of thinking and planning and day dreaming. Now that we are so close, I thought I should talk a bit about the route that we will be following.
El Camino de Santiago is a very old walking path that was original formed by medieval pilgrims making their way to town of Santiago de Compostela and the important religious relics contained within the Cathedral. As such, the pilgrims came from all over, so there are actually many routes to take.
We will be following the most common route, known as The Way of Saint James or the French Way. The route traditionally starts in France and requires crossing the Pyrenees. This entire route can take 6-8 weeks. But we only have 4, due to restrictions like jobs and families. We also want to be able to enjoy this trip. The point is to explore and learn about Spain. The point is not to push the very limits of our physical boundaries (though that might happen anyway since I am out of shape.) In order to be back to the US in time and make sure that we have a route that allow us to walk at a comfortable pace we will be instead starting in Burgos which for most pilgrims is about two weeks into the trek.
I’ve made a guideline of our city to city plan to give us a rough idea of where we should start and end each day in order to achieve our 12 miles per day average goal and make sure we are in Santiago in time to make our return flight. I fully expect this to change along the way, some days we will walk more and some days we will walk less. There is also room in this budget for us to have 3 full “rest days” meaning that we can stop and let ourselves recover or spend extra time in a location we love.
Without further ado, here it is, where we will be and when. The first walking day will be July 4th.
- Burgos to Hornillos, 20.9km /13mi
- Hornillos to Castrojeriz, 20.0km/12.4mi
- Castrojeriz to Boadilla, 19.1km/11.9mi
- Boadilla to Villalcázar, 19.0km/11.8mi
- Villalcázar to Calzadilla, 22.5km/14mi
- Calzadilla to Sahagún, 22.4km/14mi
- Sahagún to Calzadilla, 13.6km/8.5mi
- Calzadilla to Mansilla de las Mulas, 23.6km/14.6mi
- Mansilla de las Mulas to León, 17.9km/11mi
- León to Villar de Mazarife, 21.5km/13.4mi
- Villar de Mazarife to Villares de Órbigo 17.6km/11mi
- Villares de Órbigo to Murias de Rechivaldo, 19.0km/11.8mi
- Murias de Rechivaldo to Foncebadón 20.8km/13mi
- Foncebadón to Molinaseca, 19.5km/12mi
- Molinaseca to Cacabelos, 24.4km/15mi
- Cacabelos to Trabadelo, 17.8km/11mi
- Trabadelo to O Cebreiro 18.7km/11.6mi
- O Cebreiro to Triacastela, 20.7km/12.9mi
- Triacastela to Sarria, 18.7km/11.6mi
- Sarria to Vilachá, 19.9km/12.3mi
- Vilachá to Ligonde, 19.1km/11.9mi
- Ligonde to Melide 23.2km/14.4mi
- Melide to Arzua, 13.9km/8.6mi
- Arzua to Arca, 19.1km/11.9mi
- Arca to Santiago, 20.0km/12.4mi
Looks pretty reasonable on paper right? I have a feeling that when it comes to actually walking those miles, I will feel much more challenged….
Follow along with us on Google maps! I’ll also post pictures and updates to this blog and the all the social media sites when I can.