CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
One of the most inspitrational moments was getting to the top of the hill on the 3rd cycling day. Our group of 16 varied quite widely in cycling ability. Even the best cyclist set himself his own challenge to get up the 8km rise as fast as possible without putting a foot down. I just wanted to get to the top without having to give up and when I achieved this, the rest of the group gave me a round of applause - awesome !!!
What did you think of your group leader?
Dani was a complete star !! This mountaneer had only led one Camino cycling trip before and was now presented with the responsibility of guiding 16 cycalists of varying ability. He was consistently enthusiastic and encouraging while maintaining a sense of humour. As we struggled to find those elusive yellow arrows he took all our ribbing about his map reading skills with good humour !!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
My advice is really about the conflict between the grading and the written description of the trip. In my opinion the trip is correctly graded moderate to challenging. However the trip notes also state "the riding is generally undemanding" Not sure what planet this author is on !! Even the most experienced cyclists on the trip found demanding sections on most days. A later sentence reads "This trip is ideal for the occassional cyclists who exercise regularly" It was on the basis of this statement that my husband and I signed up. In reality it was FAR more challenging than this would indicate. We are SO delighted to have experienced the trip but as "occasional" cyclists we had to dig very deep into our reserves of "regular exercise" to get up those hills !!! My point is that less motivated and stubborn people might be disappointed and demotivated to find themselves on a trip that was too difficult for them.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Definitely one of our best holidays ever.. Great combination of personal achievement overcoming the cycling challenges presented by the Camino together with stunning scenery, great group, enthusiastic guide, good food and comfortable hotels. Bring on the next one !!