05 May 2012

Camino de Santiago trial run

Only two weeks till we head down South, to Bordeaux, to start our Camino de Santiago. We've been doing some planning and are taking our mountain bikes to the North of England this bank holiday weekend, to ride the Trans Pennine Trail.

We'll be putting some more information nearer the time, but for now these are our bikes in Camino mode, or bikepacking as it is known nowadays. We're each carrying about 6 kg worth of stuff, including sleeping bags. After this ride we will hopefully be able to introduce some last minute changes and assess whether this set up is appropriate for off-road cycling.

13-years old (the bike, not me!) and still going strong
Lucy's mtb ready for El Camino


  1. I wish you both 'buen camino'. A great journey. I did the Francés back in '93 (Año Santo) and last year cycled from my home in Cambridgeshire the 1400 miles to Santiago, picking up the Camino del Norte (a more adventurous route and fewer people).
    ¡qué vaya muy bien para los dos!

  2. Muchas gracias Frank! We would have liked to do the Camino del Norte but decided that with all those hills, we'd be pushing it to make it to Santiago in the limited time we have. Hopefully we'll get the chance to do it some day!