CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I got up very early one morning and tackled the most arduous day of the holiday by myself. Seeing the sun rise while bing totally alone but surrounded by all that natural grandeur and beauty was an experience I shall never forget.
What did you think of your group leader?
Ignacio (Nacho) was funny, considerate, well-informed, knowledgeable, and eager to communicate his love of the region to his little flock. After I had my accident, he went out of his way to make sure that I had everything I needed.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Tiop 1: If you have any kind of food intolerance or allergy, take your own supplies with you. Exodus assured me that gluten intolerance wouldn't be a problem, but all they had done was alert the guide. Fortunately, we found a supermarket that stocked gluten-free food; these are not common in Spain. Without this, one morning I would have faced the prospect of eating raw tomatoes (only) for breakfast. Tip 2: a cycle route in Spain is not the same beast as a cycle route in the UK. Think unmade up road, forest track, large loose boulders.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
It was a great experience with a great bunch of people. We were lucky in that it was a very small group (9 of us) and we all got on well. We were also fortunate in our group leaders: Nacho and Diana were fantastically good fun and nothing was too much trouble for them.