3 April – Cont … Flight to France

Ok, so at first I had these great (in my mind) stories to tell … but two days later … my age … stories forgotten … so the next couple of posts will be mainly of photos … unless I remember what I wanted to talk about …

So as this post says .. it is the continuation of 3 April 2015 – the flight to France ..

John and Dad arrive at OR Thambo

John Dad OR Thambo arrival

Premium Lounge

John relaxing
John relaxing in premier lounge

Ashley and Dad relaxing
Ash and Dad Premier Lounge

Dad watching cycling in Premium lounge

Dad watcing cycling

Waiting to board the Plane

John Dad Waiting to board Air France

There is our plane

 On The Plane

Got our seats

Excited Much???

Excited Much

Beef or Fish?

Beef or Fish

John putting his boarding school skills to the test

John masterpiece

Time to watch movies – are we there yet?

Watching movies on board

Not much sleeping was done – and all the crying babies didn’t help either – but the flight was good, movie selection was good and the hosts and hostesses were all friendly


The Journey


Ok, so as I said previously – don’t expect some fantastic writing – shit is just going to happen.

So the Journey is not just going to be cycling the Camino, it is going to involve having fun and touring a bit as well.  So here is the plan:

  • 4th April 2015 – Arrive in Paris, France
    • Spend a couple of days here
  • 6th April 2015 – Fly to Biarritz, grab a taxi and head on over to St Jean Pied de Port
  • 7th April 2015 – Hopefully receive the bikes (in theory, the plan is to have the bikes waiting for us in our hotel room when we get there in the evening of the 6th)
    • Sight see St Jean Pied de Port and visit the Pilgrims office
  • 8th April 2015 – Buen Camino!!! and off we go
  • 23rd April 2015 – Arrive in Santiago
  • 24th April 2015 – Go to Almeria and visit Uncle Cecil
  • 26th April 2015 – Head over to Valencia vicinity and visit Aunty Ann and Arnold
  • 27th April 2015 – Off to Barcelona we go
  • 29th April 2015 – Fly to Edinburgh
  • 30th April 2015 – Visit the Scots side of the family in Laurencekirk
  • 1 May 2015 – Go back to Edinburgh and figure out how to get to London
  • 5 May 2015 – Fly back to South Africa
  • 6 May 2015 – Hello  South Africa
  • 7 May 2015 – Happy Birthday to me!!!

Buen Camino!!! The Journey of a Father and his Sons.

Buen Camino!!!

This is a phrase I need to get used to very soon!

So the Journey is about to start – the journey? What journey?

About three years ago my brother said that for his 40th birthday he wants to do the Camino.  I was like wtf is the Camino? And so started the research in seeing what is this thing called the Camino.

It caught my attention very quickly and so the wheels were set in motion.  In short, the Camino is a pilgrimage where people walk from France (Saint Jean Pied de Port) to Santiago de Compestalla which is roughly 800km

There is lots more to it – that is the basic understanding of it.  But to walk 800km would take roughly 36 days and I found out that you can do this on bicycles as well – this option became more my liking as it meant we could really make more of this trip than just the walk.

As my brother has never traveled outside of South Africa – bicycles were the better option so we could make the most of things.  Spend some time in France, visit Spain, go to Scotland on the way home and pop into London.

What made this whole adventure even more special is that our dad decided to join us – so this trip will include my brother, John, my father Len and to add a bit more spice to the trip, one of my best mates Sergio.

This journey starts on the 3rd April 2015 – and I won’t go into detail on the planning of this – we will start from the journey and I will try and update the blog as we go alone and add some photo’s and how the experience has been.

So to prepare you – if you are reading this – make sure you have a really strong cup of coffee as I am pretty sure I will be putting you to sleep as a writer – I am not. As a story teller, I am not.I don’t even know how to use this blog page but I am sure we will figure it out very quickly

The updates will arrive when and where I feel time to do so.  Hopefully, if you are reading this – you don’t feel that you have wasted time in your life in doing so.

Until next time Buen Camino!