But where would I go this time? And how should I do it? I'm not one for packaged group tours, and yet there is something appealing about not having to make 100 decisions every day. I'm also cognizant of my age (58) and wonder if I can still power up hills in the sun with a loaded bike. Hmmm.
The other day I was having coffee with by buddy Felicity, discussing her plans for a return walking trip to the Camino de Santiago in Spain...and it suddenly dawned on me: I could cycle the Camino!
There are a variety of routes one can take; some even start in France and Portugal, ultimately ending in Santiago de Compostela. Along the way are many affordable & friendly places to stay. This is very appealing, as it would significantly reduce the weight on my bike (camping gear not being needed).
I am thinking September - weather still nice but not hot and not as many pilgrims (travellers of the Camino), and going for a month. Other than that, I need to do some research, on routes, what sights there are to see, what local weather is like, how to get to the starting point, use trains, etc. And, brush up on my Spanish, por supuesto!
I'm pretty excited!