It’s December. It’s cold outside and I’ve got a cold. As I’m stuck on the sofa nursing inflamed sinus and a cough cough cough… I’ve kept myself happy by planning my 2018 camino… or should I say Gerry’s 2018 birthday trip.
My lovely husband is celebrating a rather special birthday in 2018 but he doesn’t want a party; instead he wants to go walking in Northern Spain. The Camino del Norte meanders its way along the northern coast of Spain and it makes sense for us to follow this route. Gerry is a fairly easy going sort of chap but he prefers to walk around 20-25 km a day and he’s not a fan of albergues; he prefers to know that he has a comfortable bed and a private bathroom waiting for him at the end of the day. So whilst we’re following the camino this is definitely more of a hiking holiday.
I’ve spent the weekend in front of the fire pouring over routes and variations and GPS tracks and blogs and I’ve come up with a plan. We’re going to take the train to Hendaye and walk from the station to our first hotel (about 6.8km). If my calculations are correct we should be in Llanes on the 11th October. We’ll walk one more day and then Gerry will return home and I might (might) carry on and cross over to the Camino Primitivo… although I’ve been told that I’ll be back in the albergues and on a pilgrim’s budget. 😀
*** post script *** our dates changed! We’re still walking the Norte but sadly I don’t think I’ll be following this with the Primitivo… but I do have three weeks in April… so watch this space!!
I’m the kind of pilgrim who prefers to walk without too much of a plan. The problem with a plan is that things can change (or go wrong) and if there is a schedule you feel like you have to stick to it. But, I’ve made my peace with this over weekend as this isn’t my camino, it’s Gerry’s holiday and I so love walking with this chap. And, if I continue along to the Camino Primitivo I can switch back into pilgrim mode… although I have a sneaky feeling that I’m going to miss Gerry a great deal.
So… it looks like we’re both going to be in training! The Norte and the Primitivo are difficult walks and we need to be ready for the challenges we’ll face… and I have to find new boots.
Happy Christmas folks.. and happy safe walking!