Santiago´s Way by bike ( The Way )

Last updated on February 7th, 2016 at 01:25 pm

Santiago´s  Way by bike

Santiago´s Way by bike
Ready for The Way .

1 Stage : Mostoles – Segovia 115 km .

Go for it !!.
Go for it !!.

Santiago´s  Way by bike I started The Way with Gonzalo and Jesus. Getting out from Madrid Santiago´s  Way by bike took us so long! There was a lot of traffic . From 8 am to 9 pm cycling , with our stops for eating and resting  . We combinated sand ways and roads . We climbed Navacerrada Mountain , it was so hard going up , going down was so fast . Just getting Segovia , we took pictures and we got free acommodation in a refuge . We had dinner and we went to bed . The day was so hard Santiago´s  Way by bike!

Segovia .
Segovia .

2 Stage  : Segovia – Laguna de Duero ( Valladolid ) 115 km .

Coca Castle .
Coca Castle .

It was a very nice stage , one of the easiest during The Way  , in spite of , we did many kilometers . We were cycling a Green Mile , the most of the time . We crossed villages and we didnt see anyone . Last part of the stage , we did by road near Valladolid . The villages were almost empty . Just getting to Laguna de Duero , we got a refuge , just acommodation with donation . It was a nice refuge with wood . We met a Norwegian man , who was traveling with a special bicycle .

Free hostel during santiago Way .
Free hostel during santiago Way .

3 Stage  : Laguna de Duero – Valderas ( Leon ) 115 km .

With Gonzalo and Jesus .
With Gonzalo and Jesus .

Santiago´s  Way by bike was so hard stage !! Someone told us the wrong way and we got lost and many kilometers in the wrong direction  . All day raining and windy . When we asked local people for a place to sleep for free . A guy drove us to a church outside the town . We put the tent , covering from the rain . The guy brought us strawberries , bread , water … It was really nice hospitality from local  people !!

ready to sleep !!
Ready to sleep !!

4 Stage : Valderas – Rabadal del Camino ( Leon ) 95km .

Amazing views !!
Amazing views !!

It was the hardest stage , it was very windy and rainy . There wasnt a flat meter in the road , climbing and going down . We walked around Astorga , a little tourist thing . When we left Astorga  , it was climbing the road  , legs were hurting , many kilometers without resting . Just getting Rabadal del Camino , a small village . We got a refuge with donation . It was running  for English retirement couple . The place was really nice , English couple were so nice with us , they prepared breakfast for us .

Making friends during the Way !!
Making friends during the Way !!

5 Stage  : Rabadal del Camino – Ponferrada ( Leon ) 35 km .

Free breakfast in the hostel .
Free breakfast in the hostel .

A resting stage , we climbed the Mountain and went down , its hard climbing with the luggague . It was very cold going down !! Just getting Ponferrada , we got a refuge with donation . Ponferrada is a nice medieval city , with a castle and really nice downtown . We were doing touristic thing , the city is small . We said goodbye to Jesus , he was going back to his home and he couldnt finish The Way .

Ponferrada .
Ponferrada .

6 Stage  : Ponferrada – Portomarin ( Galicia ) 135 km .

Greiat landscape !!
Greiat landscape !!

It was long and hard stage . We climbed two Mountains and a long way down . We change Leon province for Galicia . The day was sunny and landscape amazing . We did all the way by road . Just getting Portomarin , getting dark , we couldnt get a free place for sleeping  . So , they let us pitching  the tent in the garden and using the bathroom inside the refuge . Portomarin is small and very touristic place . We had a couple of beers and we went to sleep .

Drinking beer !!
Drinking beer !!

7 Stage  : Portomarin – Arzua ( Galicia ) 60 km .

Galicia .
Galicia .

It was easy stage , short and sunny day . Once you get Galicia , The Way  is very touristic , its losing his magic . Many people live of tourism , there are many foreigners and Nationals  doing The Way . Just getting Arzua , we paid 6 euros for sleeping in a refuge . During The Way , there were refuge  with donation until you get Galicia , where they charged money and they werent so good installations . We were walking around Arzua , very small town . We have a couple of beers and we went to rest from Santiago´s  Way by bike!!

Touristic thing !!
Touristic thing !!

8 Stage  : Arzua – Santiago de Compostela 45 km .

Ready for hell again !!
Ready for hell again !!

It was easy and fast stage . 10 kilometers left to Santiago de Compostela , The Way , was full of pilgrims . Once in Santiago , we got our certification of The Way . We took some pictures , we walked around the city . We went to our friend s place , Lucie , our host by couchsurfing , to rest a couple of days .

Santiago Way , Done !!
Santiago Way , Done !!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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