The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James is a Christian pilgrimage that goes back over 1000 years. It can be walked or cycled, so we thought it would be an interesting cycling trip and a way to discover Spain.
We traveled 805 km in 2 weeks on fully loaded mountain bikes, which were converted to semi-trekking bikes. The roads and trails were much more difficult (hilly and rough) than we expected, so this was definitely a pilgrimage. But well worth it.
Aside from the beautiful scenery, villages, and the friendly locals, I think the best thing about this trip was the many people we met from all over the world. Our paths kept crossing, sometimes 3 or 4 times, which made for great friendships along the way.
Many people have personal reasons for doing the Camino, but we didn’t seem to have any, except maybe for the cycling trip. So, I asked people we met what were their reasons. Some had deep personal reasons, but most seemed to be there for the adventure. So that’s it! Adventure!
I’ve set the photo album up as a chronological ride across northern Spain, so please enjoy, and please read the captions, as that’s where the story lies.