Camino de Santiago

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Climbing the 6km killer hill that was prefaced by a 4km hill that was challenging in its own right. It was at the end of a 62km day and after backing up from such a miserable previous day it was quite a euphoric feeling charging up that hill ( I made it a workout and gave myself a time to do it in)

What did you think of your group leader?

Nacho was terrific. A great personality who was good for a laugh but also took his role as leader very seriously. His offsider Xavier, was a great back up and the two of them made a great team.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Make sure you train properly. If you are coming out of an Australian winter try and do at least 3 Spin sessions a week. If you can get out complement the Spin classes with some hill training on a real bike. If you are a fair weathered cyclist and you like to ride around a lake on a Sunday this isn't the trip for you . Like most things in life you only get out of it what you put in. Most people don't do strenuous cycling 6 days in a row let alone challenging hills that you will encounter on this trip. Have a coke at lunch time too it helps you get through the afternoon.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I think Exodus should provide an exercise program in their trip notes so that people understand what they will be in for. The tour isn't a race but it's better to be fit so you enjoy everything the tour has to offer. The mountain bikes we had were better than expected. The hotels were also better than the brochure suggested.