Biking Camino de Santiago Spain

Ten before ten & the siesta challenge

Looking across the Meseta Camino de Santiago
Written by Stuart Wickes

Ten before ten & the siesta challenge

Stuart Profile SmallLast night’s mid trip review revealed a growing gap between where we are and where we need to be if we are to make Santiago and then get back to Bilbao in time for the ferry. We are several days behind and slipping. So we all agreed we need to up the pace. Trouble is the heat is too much by 1pm so the only way to make progress is to ride early. Which means rising early. Which is not everyone’s forte.

Sleeping out in a sleeping bag on the Camino de Santiago

Sleeping out in a sleeping bag on the Camino de Santiago

Early rising trouble

Early rising is not easy with the kids as they don’t go to sleep until lights out (sundown) around 10.30pm and left to their own devices don’t wake until 10 am. Getting them up and on the road by 8 means losing 3 hours sleep and that means 3 grumpy kids before we’ve even started cycling. All they really want to do is sleep.

Sleeping on a bench on Camino de Santiago

Sleeping on a bench on Camino de Santiago

We need to learn to siesta

Today we took a gamble and got everyone up at 7. We rode early, made good progress achieving our new goal of ten before ten, that’s 10km before 10am. We stopped at 1 to try and siesta but with mixed results. Matt decide to read, Hannah played bat and ball, Kirstie and Cameron had a lovely snooze and I watched the gear. I suppose we should consider that a success.

Sleeping on the Camino

We need to learn to siesta al fresco

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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