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“Buen Camino”

Welcome to our Blog created to capture our adventures as we travel across Spain on the Camino de Santiago!

This site is intended to share our experiences with family and friends and anyone else that is interested in following our European holiday with an emphasis on our Camino pilgrimage following the main route of The Camino Francés.

The Camino Francés is the main spine route of the Camino de Santiago. It stretches nearly 800 kilometres from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. It has had large numbers of pilgrims travelling to the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) for at least 800 years.

The Camino Francés can be divided into 3 main sections: the rolling hills of the Basque country, the hot, flat, empty central section of the “meseta”, and the green hills of Galicia. Our pilgimage will attempt to complete the 1st and 3rd sections on foot with the central section being done on bikes.

About Us

Married and living in Melbourne, Australia with 2 very independent daughters studying at the University of Melbourne, it was time to finally get the opportunity to travel overseas together, particularly as we will be celebrating our 25th Wedding anniversary!

With our sights set on Europe we were overwhelmed with the prospect of planning a trip as we really had no idea where we wanted to go or what to see. Then (as corny as it might sound) we went and saw the movie “The Way”. We came away completely inspired by the film and the challenge of walking 800Km across Spain with just a backpack. The idea took seed and although there were many doubts we pushed on with our “dream” to the point that airfares and travel arrangements have been made. There is no turning back!

7 Responses to “About”

  1. lea_san

    Hi Steve and Jenny, glad to have met you on the Camino. Wonderful pictures and I love the story-telling. I am in Burgos right now and enjoying the day-off. Belated happy birthday to Jenny (?). Buen Camino and enjoy the rest of your Europe trip!

    • jvmathieson

      Thanks Lea… It was Graham’s Birthday on the 18th (The other Aussies) and Jenny’s is on the 3/6. Glad to hear you are in Burgos. Enjoy your rest day, plenty to see and nice treats to eat! The bikes have been great as it gives a chance to rest the poor old feet and let the blisters heal! Hope you aren’t carrying to many ailments. You will have just missed Graham, Cheryl and Carly. They would have left Burgos today! Unfortunately we have zoomed into the future and won’t be bumping into many familiar faces. When we start walking from Astorga we will have a chance to meet new people! Whilst the bikes are fun, not as social as walking! Please keep posting comments to let us know how you are going!!!

  2. peter

    Jenny, hello!
    Please, where did you rent your bikes from?

    We are in Uterga some ways behind you (30/5/2013).
    We are several days behind our plan and hope to use bikes to catch up.

    Any advice?

    Buen Camino,

    • jvmathieson

      Happy to assist. We hires them via cycling rentals. They delivery the bikes to anywhere in Spain and arrange pickup from anywhere. We took the 7 day Camino package that included panniers and all the right gear. Cost us around 350€ for 2 bikes. They were in great condition and didn’t give us any problems. The bikes were delivered to our hotel before we got there. All in all an excellent service. They even arranged shipping our backpacks to the other end for a small cost. Highly recommended. Good luck and Buen Camino!

  3. The Whites from Glen iris

    Hi Guys – not sure if your are still monitoring this blog . Loved following your exploits and a similar experience is firmly etched onto our ‘bucket list’. Maddie was watching ‘The Way’ in RE at school today and she happened to mention some relatives of hers (Maddie thought it was Kirrilee and Aimy but that’s another story!!!) did this walk and the teacher was suitably impressed and wanted to know if her cousins (refer previous comment) would come in and talk to the class about the walk. Very amusing and Maddie had to back peddle somewhat saying they were both very busy and doubted if they could oblige. A classic case of be careful when big noting about relatives’ experiences. At any rate I trust you have settled back into normal life post the trip.

    • jvmathieson

      We get emailed whenever a comment comes through… Just forgot to respond!

      How funny! Umm, I think Kirralee and Amy would be found out pretty quickly as they would have no idea (other than what was written in the blog!) and we just wouldn’t be cool enough to address their class (phew!)

      How are your trip preparations going?




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