In this post, we will see how to prepare to do the St James Way at the end of July 2020.
If you also want to undertake this adventure this summer or in autumn, read on to discover what you might know to walk the last 100 km of the French Way, from Sarria to Santiago.
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Finally we can return to our paths along the Way of St. James.
These paths on dirt or paved roads will take us to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. To reach our final destination, we will have to walk for five days, with an average of 20 km per day.
So, let’s get ready for this trip and… Buen Camino!
Getting ready for the French Way in 2020
This year, we have been forced to follow very strict preventive measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In fact, we have been talking about this pandemic that has hit the whole world so hard for more than 6 months now.
The social distancing, the restrictions indicated by the WHO (World Health Organization) and the numbers of cases monitored so closely by each country, are issues that we find every day in the newspapers and in the news.
Also, on our way we will have to follow these recommendations to protect ourselves and others.
Safety measures on the French Way
Therefore, we will avoid contact with big groups of people and crowded places, following the indicated hygiene measures.
In this moment, for example, in Galicia it is mandatory to wear the mask at all times, not only in closed spaces, to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. So don’t forget to wear your mask on the road!
However, walking in open spaces during most of our day, makes this type of trip one of the safest for this summer and autumn.
To make the experience of its customers as easy as possible, Galiwonders offers to its users a complete service from the beginning of the journey to its final destination.
All hotels and restaurants are already booked and the client only has to say his or her travel reference to the reception.
Every morning, our transporters will pick up the luggage at the hotel and leave it at the next hotel so that the client only has to worry about enjoying his trip.
What are the benefits of doing the French Way in 2020?
We have already talked in another post, about the benefits of doing the Way of Saint James after confinement.
Along the wonderful French route, in the forests and natural areas of Galicia, we will meet a limited number of other pilgrims but without feeling isolated because there will always be people.
In fact, the great flow of pilgrims who decide to walk this route every year is very high.
An almost exclusive experience in a year when we really need to clear our minds. Eventually, we can immerse ourselves in a natural environment far from the noise and full of peace.
We will find a beautiful nature, immense open spaces, charming villages. But also we will meet with local people with whom we can talk about our path and get time for us and for self-awareness.
All these reasons have a particular value this year that we had to face such a complex reality.
We can finally return to the new normality that we so much desired!
And you… What are you waiting for?
What do I take with me to the Camino from Sarria in 2020?
We will put some items in our suitcase that we would not have considered necessary a year ago, some masks (better to have some spare ones) , a bottle of hydroalcoholic gel and some wet wipes to clean surfaces with alcohol if we want an extra security along our route.
In addition to the objects that can be used to ensure maximum cleanliness and hygiene, we will have to take everything necessary to do the Camino and here you can read in detail what cannot be missing from your backpack.
Training for the French Way from Sarria
Although on the French Way from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, we will have to walk “only” 100 km, we advise you to be ready and to train a little before starting your route. It is always a good idea to walk a few routes, with increasing distances and gradients, to start the route in full physical shape.
For example, we will do the Camino at the end of July. Therefore, we will have to start walking early in the morning to avoid the hottest hours, we will have to hydrate all the time, carrying with us a lot of water and using a cap and a lot of sunscreen!
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Buen Camino Pilgrim!