Camino de Santiago de Compostela, sept 2012. Yes! 800 km on my feet - but mostly on asphalt by big ways! But Spain no love pilgrims. Spain no love ancient, roads, world heritages. Frenetically building Motor ways, traffic high ways, infrastructure - I guess from the EU/UNESCO money they get and don´t give a d... about 200.000 world wide guests or antique roads.
Peoples feet are damaged, no best boots protect soft feet for 800 km. No toilets, so you litterally wade in toilet paper for 800km, no benches, no shade - trees on wrong side, poor dringking water. People have taken not only hollydays but long vacances for months to do this dream, leaving a lot of money to walk in toile papaer on asphalt. Big information signs for cars "You are now driving the world famous Camino" and signs for pilgrims: "Look up for traffic"- but never the other way around: "Look up for pilgrims".
Saw this grafitty on a concrete motorway bridge we had to pass: “F... them changing the Camino all the time. Make your own Camino!” I sort of agree. There are ancient walking roads in all Europe, in all the world - find them, invite your friends, enjoy peaceful nature, have fun and spiritual experinces without motor traffic. The Spanish Camino will soon be dead if they continue like this....
Buen Camino out there!
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