Monday, January 6, 2014
Route and Map of the French Camino
When we begin our pilgrimage on May 5 we will start from the small French village of St. Jean Pied de Port, which is nestled in the French foothills of the Pyrenees. Then, over the next six weeks we plan to make our way west at the rate of 20 to 30 km a day until we reach Santiago de Compostela June 14. We plan on spending an extra night at major cities like Pamplona and Leon. Whereas most pilgrims stay overnight at albergues, generously situated along the route, we plan to stay in small inns with ensuites. Our luggage will be sent on each day to the next inn. We need carry only a light day pack. We will be finding our own way with the help of arrows and scallops that are marked on trees, poles and rocks along the whole route. By the way, there are other pilgrimage routes all over Spain also leading to Santiago. The French Camino is merely the most well known and supported. The route is mountainous at the beginning and at the end. In the middle there will be a week of walking the meseta, which is a high, treeless plateau. This all sounds rather daunting. But as Brierley says in his book, "Any reasonably fit person can accomplish this journey without undue stress"(pg. 20). Buen Camino!