You’re on the track, your all is on your back.
So how do you find your way, find accommodation, food?
Finding your way on the Camino is not that hard. The whole trail is marked, mostly with the white and red stripes on rock, tree or pole. It’s possible to miss the balisage, or markings, and to stray, but not likely.
As for food and lodging, much advice is available on the forums and at the frequent tourist offices in France. But the killer-app, for those with a little French, is the extraordinary Miam Miam Dodo guide.
Miam Miam Dodo is French baby talk, meaning Yum Yum Beddy-bys. You get day-to-day maps with distances, landmarks, shops, water points and detailed food and accommodation info. With a French mobile phone, you’re as covered as you can be.
A few people camp out, and I’m thinking of taking a light tarp next time so that I can take the camping option in good weather if I come across a tempting spot like this, late in the day:
The snoring in shared accommodation is a very big problem and is not something I can live with, so a mix of camping and individual accommodation is now my preference. Mind you, one should not miss the communal atmosphere of shared meals in abbeys and pensions. During the day, unexpected conversations and instant friendships on the track, with such a mix of races, languages, ages and characters, make the Camino something much more than a big hike.