The idea of a second Camino crept up slowly and suddenly. One day, I floated the idea of doing the Camino Frances, starting from St Jean Pied de Port. This Camino will be 800 km, and with rest days, will take 42 days (including going to Finisterre and Muxia). This route is the most popular among peregrinos.
Based on last year’s experience of Camino Portugues, we decided to make some changes:
- We will walk with day packs, and leverage the luggage transfer services for our backpacks from one point to another. We wanted to be able to absorb more, to contemplate more and to lose more of ourselves in the moments. Not having a backpack will help.
- We searched for more monastery-oriented lodging and experiences. Thus, during one of our rest periods, we are making a side visit to Santo Domingo de Silos (outside Burgos).
- We opted not to walk the route from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela (SDC). Rather, we will bus to Lugo, meet a couple of friends, and continue via the Camino Primitivo. The primary reason is that Sarria to SDC is one of the most crowded routes as many take this route which is the minimum to earn the Compostela (certificate).
As we will be walking in late March to early May, we will require more warm apparel. Reservations have all been made, and we look forward to celebrating Easter during our Camino.
With any undertaking, beyond the preparation, the other side of the coin, is where will we be stretching ourselves? Is it the ordeal of 42 days? Perhaps, if we don’t take care of our feet. Truthfully, I think the stretch is in our spiritual development. Building on what we have learned and gained from the first Camino.