You can use the image map above or the text links below to see pictures and a more detailed description of each day.
Pamplona to Puente la Reina
|The bumpy Camino requires a mountainbike
on some stretches with a neckbreaking downhill to Muruzabal.
We chose to climb Monte Perdon on the carretera, a wide shoulder helps make the traffic bearable.
Puente la Reina to Los Arcos
|The Camino is definitely a footpath
The traffic on the carretera is light on this stretch, its a continuous up and down through the agricultural regions of Navarra.
Los Arcos to Najera
|The Camino is a challenge to skillfull mountainbikers
Traffic can be quite heavy on the carretera, however, a wide shoulder makes this a comfortable ride.
Najera to Belorado
|The Camino is a clay road that can be tough
to travel after a rain.
Along small country roads we travel the carretera through the Oca mountains.
Belorado to Burgos
|The Camino passes along on bumpy paths.
We are continuing along the small country roads on the carretera through the wine regions of La Rioja.
Burgos to Boadilla del Camino
|The Camino is passable until Castrojeriz,
after which the hills and poor surface produce day dreams of a fully suspended
Small country roads make the carretera a good alternative.
Boadilla del Camino to Sahagun
|The Camino is a somewhat bumpy clay path
to Fromista, then a gravel path on the side of the carretera.
We travel the quiet side roads on the carretera.
Sahagun to Leon
|The Camino is a newly created gravel path
('Real Camino de Frances") that stretches straight as an arrow far
into the distance.
Quiet country roads and diversity in the landscape make the carretera a welcome alternative.
Leon to Castrillo de los Polvazares
|The Camino follows gravel paths
that are manageable despite the occasional bumpy stretch.
Cycling on the shoulder of the moderately heavily travelled carretera and smaller side roads, we are able to see the mountains in the far distance.
Castrillo de los Polvazares to Molinaseca
|The Camino is a footpath over the Rabanal
After 9 days of riding, we are in condition to tackle the first mountain pass (elevation 1500 meters). The scented heather of the landscape makes the 16 km uphill bearable.
Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo
|The Camino follows a quite bumpy path through
The carretera is a quiet country road with continuous ups and downs.
Villafranca del Bierzo to Triacastela
|The Cebreiro pass (altitude 1300 meters) is not as tough for us, the scenic road snakes back and forth for the 15 km uphill. But the downhill is not yet in sight, another 20 km of strenuous ups and downs before we can roll into Triacastela.|
Triacastela to Portomarin
|A constant up and down strains our legs and lungs, the lovely countryside in this part of Galicia leaves a memorable impression.|
Portomarin to Melide
|The Camino is a more or less rocky track. We travel some of the route on the carretera when recurring dreams of a fully suspended bike can no longer be banished from my mind..|
Melide to Santiago de Compostela
|The final stretch of our route along paved paths brings us into Santiago de Compostela. In front of the cathedral we meet up again with quite a number of the folks we met along the way.|
The descriptions of parts of the route that we did not travel ourselves were provided by others we met along the way. Please remember that bicycle touring can be a dangerous undertaking. We assume no responsibility for any mishappenings that might befall you along the way, so please be careful and always wear a helmet!