CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Arriving in the cathedral square in Santiago; it's a beautiful place and a fitting end to the trip.
What did you think of your group leader?
Nacho and Diane were really good, particularly in sorting out arrangements for one of our group who had a close encounter with a concrete drainage ditch and needed hospital treatment.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be aware this trip has some difficult hills (at least one which is serious 'get of and push for about an hour' territory for those who insist on 'cycling' rather than using the support vehicle). The first day of the trip isn't great as it goes through the suburbs of Leon and then across largely flat fields with uninspiring views, but the scenery gets better as the week goes on. With the exception of one night where the rooms were very basic, the hotels were very good, en suites occasionally including full-sized baths which were very welcome after a day's cycling.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
It was a nice surprise to find the flights with Sleazyjet (a fictional airline that the lawyers tell me is entirely unrelated to any real airlines) were actually on time. But it would have been nice to have had return flights from Santiago airport - and perhaps having more time to look around Santiago after the trip - rather than having to take a three-hour coach journey back to our starting point. I appreciate there may be cost issues here but hope that Exodus would be able to do a reasonable deal on these costs given the number of flights booked by Exodus over the course of a year.