Rest Days & Travel Groups

Rest Days & Travel Groups

I have just finished up spending two nights in Sahagun. I´m travelling by train this morning to El Burgo Ranero (a ten-minute train ride) where I will overnight , then I´m on to Leon to spend two nights. This will give me four rest days, which is one more than suggested. But I want to be sure of my legs and it will sync me up with my travelling companions.

Although most days are spent walking at your own pace, groups tend to form of people with similar walking schedules who will tour the towns, cafes, and restaurants together. The groups shift around at times as not everyone is always on the same schedule, but they often sync back in three to four days. I´m in a good group.

I often travel with:

  • Anne: A Canadian angel! She is a nurse and is always helping people with their ailments. My feet thanks her!
  • Birgit: A German woman who is unfortunately leaving to go home in the next few days but she will finish the Camino in the fall. She is filled with life and she has an infectious smile.
  • Danny: A German woman who works in food marketing. Danny is full of humour and one of the most determined people I’ve met.
  • Keith: A retired Scot who sings in the rain and is our main Spanish interpreter. Good man to share travels, beer, coffee, and walks int he rain with.
  • Mette: A Dane who I met the second day out. Like so many of us, she is looking for answers and supplying some (to me) at the same time.
  • Mo: A Canadian proferssor! She has a sharp mind, quick smile, and can keep a long conversation going. Useful when walking, and walking, and walking for hours at a time.
  • Morag: An Australian climate researcher who is Peter´s wife and guide. An inspiring woman, she is a minister, a researcher, an excellent conversationalist and has the warmest “hello” on the Camino.
  • Peter: An Australian climate researcher who happens to be blind. Charming, and so very, very funny.