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eBike Friday on the Camino de Santiago May 16th to June 9th of this year
I cycled the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James) on my trusty Bike Friday Pocket Llama. This is an ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain that is still followed by thousands of walkers and cyclists every year.
I started my pilgrimage in Pamplona and completed it at Santiago and then pushed on a little further to Finisterre on the Atlantic coast.
This was the fourth trip for my Bike Friday to Europe and this particular trip would have been very difficult without the flexibility of the folder. I transported the BF in the suitcase from Vancouver to Madrid where I assembled the bike and stored the case at the airport hotel for the return leg.
The next morning I quick folded the BF into the soft case to allow me to taxi to rail station and onto the fast train to Pamplona. At Pamplona I unfolded the bike, attached panniers and rolled up travel bag which stowed on rack. Proceed with bike tour!
Three weeks (and approx. 1000 km) later at the Santiago train station I quick folded and bagged the BF for overnight train to Madrid where I retrieved my travel case at the hotel and packed up the bike for flights home.
These transitions would have been difficult or impossible with a full sized bike. Unlike the ‘good old days’ I did incur costs (about $160) for having a second check bag but this was far less than the cost of renting a bike for three weeks.
Also, like a lot of cyclists I just like to ride my own bike. I cycled about 25% of the Camino on the walkers’ route, which is typically gravel farm roads or wide trails. If the trail was too rough or paralleled the road I would just ride the road which was very good.
The Pocket Llama attracted the usual attention with the usual curious inquiries about how difficult and slow it must be and the small wheels. It also attracted attention when I passed other riders on the up hills and down! Bueno Camino Bike Friday!