Biking Camino de Santiago Spain

Camino Wild Camping Lottery

Roadside Picnic Stop on Mesata, Camino de Santiago
Written by Stuart Wickes

Camino Wild Camping Lottery

Stuart Profile SmallAfter the blow out at the Parador in Santo Domingo de al Calzada, we have been forced to cut back on camp site fees and instigated an emergency programme of compulsory Camino wild camping until financial order is restored. It’s turns out this is something like a game of Russian Roulette.

Pitch perfect

The first night we swept into the glorious cul de sac that leads to the Monasterio San Juan de Ortega. We arrived at sunset and a pilgrim playing a mandolin led us to a perfect picnic bench, set in the shadow of the convent and just 50m from a bar. Who could ask for anything more? Sometimes it feels like someone is watching over us. But it is not always so.

San Juan de Ortega

We found a perfect pitch just outside Monasterio San Juan de Ortega

Be careful where you pitch

Last night we thought we had found another perfect pitch, 5km beyond Burgos next to a children’s playground in landscaped gardens within a new as yet unoccupied urban development. It was all very peaceful until 5am when a dozen sprinklers concealed in the lawns burst into life all around our tent. The only saving grace was we there wasn’t one actually in the tent.

Today we gave thanks for the incredible drying power of the sun. Who knows what tonight will bring.

Sleeping on a bench on Camino de Santiago

Sometimes it’s a question of sleeping where you can

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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