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Pedalling Pilgrims: Cycling the Camino de Santiago

Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela
Written by Stuart Wickes
Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela

The Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the destination for pilgrims

Cycling the Camino de Santiago

Every year, for maybe a thousand years, thousands of people leave behind their material possessions, pack a few things into a small rucksack and head to Northern Spain to follow one of the ancient Pilgrim Routes to Santiago de Compostela.

From what I’ve read, a pilgrim’s journey can be a potent combination of physical challenge, solitude, companionship, contemplation and spiritual enlightenment. But I’m not sure how it will be for us.

I get the physical challenge bit. And with two tandems, two trailers, three children and the Pyrenees to cross in the first week I’m sure we’ll all get that pretty quickly.

But with three kids age seven and under, I just can’t imagine where there’ll be time for solitude, contemplation or spiritual enlightenment.

Still, it’s sure to be a cycling celebration of family life and like all our adventures together, a journey that will feed and nurture our family spirit.

I hope you’ll join us on this ancient journey as we share the experience of it using modern technology.

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!


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