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Old 12-09-21, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by HobbesOnTour View Post
I've a couple of pointers having done the Camino in two directions on a bike.

When people ask about cycling the Camino my first suggestion is to consider if they want the "bike touring" experience or the "Pilgrimage" experience. In my opinion they are very different. It seems that as a couple you will be doing both. That could be interesting!
​There are any number of Camino routes and variations so you may be coming across Pilgrims anywhere. Some of these folk are deep in thought and have saved for years to do this - don't be a jackass and be respectful.
When on the "official" Frances route it can be quite busy early in the morning but empty by noon.

Northern Spain is great for riding, to he honest you can't really go wrong. New motorways have taken a lot of traffic so older "main roads" are almost empty. Small villages can be wonderful to explore for a while and locals are invariably friendly and welcoming, especially if you speak a bit of Spanish. Food is fantastic and a great way to pass time. After the Camino I roughly followed the northern route just following my nose.

Since your wife is walking and you are not expect to be having different experiences. She will be far more immersed in the "Camino family" than you.
Allow flexibility in plans - especially for her. The unhappiest people I met were the ones sticking rigidly (and painfully) to plans made months and years in advance, at home, that should have been ditched on day one.

The Brierly guide is the most popular English language guide and as a result a lot of people slavishly follow the stages leading to high demand for accommodation. Simply make your own stages and reduce the stress.
If staying in Albergues (hostels) be aware that some will not accept cyclists until later in the day in order to accommodate walkers.

You may find some useful info here:
an active Camino forum, if not the friendliest for cyclists.

I loved my Camino experience, but not as a bike tour. My subsequent wanderings around Northern Spain were far more enjoyable as a tour. I met one person who ditched her bike so as to enjoy the experience better.

Buen Camino
great comments, especially this one.
I quoted you, but want John to notice this. A number of years ago, my wife was one of those people who did the Camino on foot, but despite training, was unrealistic about her abilities and "kept up" with a fitter and faster travel partner, resulting in an injury and consequent bailout and consequent dramas.

The old adage of doing "your own ride" , or walk, can't be over emphasized.
I wish you and your wife a great experience.
I've only ridden a bit in the Basque part of France and Spain, and was eons ago, so am not any help for suggestions. What I do recall, and agree with, is that there is no lack of quiet roads.
I've always wanted to return and ride in that area, and the Picos region looks particularly enticing.

thanks to the others for suggestions, one day I'll revisit these topics and actually pay attention to the place names.
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