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Camino Francés

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On the road by bike - June 2004
and on foot, April 2013

Why did I become a pilgrim? There is no simple explanation. Maybe a little poem written down somewhere along the way will help.

Dust, mud, sun and rain
This is the way to Santiago
Thousands of pilgrims have walked it
For more than a thousand years
Who calls you pilgrim?
What mysterious power attracts you?
It is neither the starry sky
Nor the great cathedrals.
Neither the bravery of Navarre
Nor Rioja wine
Nor the fruits of Gaul
Nor the fields of Castile.
The power that drives you forward
The power that draws you on
I cannot explain
Only He up there can!
Pilgrim who calls you?
What mysterious power attracts you?
Neither is it the people on the way
Nor is it the rural traditions.
Neither culture nor history
Nor the cock of Santo Domingo
Nor the palace of Gaudi
Nor the castle of Ponferrada
All this I see in passing
And to see this is pleasure.
But the voice that calls me
I feel much deeper within me.

The cycle tour on the Camino Francés, my first pilgrimage, was one of my most impressive journeys with many beautiful experiences and encounters. Later, in 2013, on foot, I was able to explore many of the beautiful places even more closely.

In Spain, you will find thousands of yellow arrows along the Way of St. James to show you the way. Follow the arrows here as well to experience a little of what moved me and what impressed me.


Start by bike in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port


On foot from Nájera to Leon


This table and the map show the stages.

Date covered distance Bicycle km ridden

11.06.

Bike ride to the station

By train from Zurich via Geneva / through the Rhone Valley via
Montpellier, Carcasonne, Lourdes to Bayonne

4.5

12.06

Bayonne By bike to the sea and back to the station
By local train from Bayonne to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Saint Jean: by bike to the town and the first hostel

19.0

13.06

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Alto de Ibañeta - Pamplona - Cizar Minor

84.5

14.06

Cizar Minor - Camparos - Eunate - Ponte de Reina - Viana

90.0

15.06

Viana - Logroño - Canas - St. Domoningo de la Calzada -
Belorado

96.0

16.06

Beldorado - Burgos und Rundfahrt in Burgos

74.0

17.06

Burgos - San Anton - Castrojeriz - Fromista - Carrion de los Condes

96.0

18.06

Carrion de los Condes - Sahagun - Leon

104.0

19.06

Leon - Astorga - Rabal del Camino

75.0

20.06

Mountain stage: Rabanal del Camino - Cruz de Ferro (1504m) - Ponferrada - Vega de Valcarce

74.0

21.06

Vega de Valcarce - Cebreiro - Alto san Roco -Porto de Poio - Tricastella - Samos - Sarria.

65.0

22.06

Sarria - Portomarin - Palas de Rei - Melide - Arzúa

87.0

23.06

Arzúa - Santiago de Compostela and tour in Santiago

54.0

   

918.5

24.06

On foot in  Santiago

 

25.06

Monte do Gozzo - Muros by the sea and back by bus
to Santiago, Santiago round trip and back to Monte do Gozzo

87.0

26.06

Monte do Gozzo - airport Labacolla

15.0

 

Total cycled km

1020.5


Click on the route sections in the table, or on the map, or follow the arrow yellow arrow