Bill and I have walked two from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino Frances twice. The first trip was the hardest for many reasons, one of the first difficulty came because we didn’t really know what we were doing, what to expect, or where to find information. It was still a vague concept for us.
We had found quite a few websites with information, we read a number books all with stories of the walk, maps, and photos. We contacted the Canadian Company of Pilgrims and attended a could of the Chapter meetings in Calgary. It was very helpful to attend the meeting, where we meet people who had completed the Camino Frances, as well as people who volunteered at albergues and hostels along the way.
Some sites we found helpful when planning our trip:
Before our first Camino, we were both working full time it was difficult to find the time we needed to train to the level of fitness recommended for an easier journey to Santiago de Compostela. We met people of every age walking along the Camino route, being in the tip-top fitness condition of a 20-year-old is unnecessary, being fit for your age should be a priority. One of the better websites we found for training advice and information on Follow the Camino
During the planning of our first Camino, we spent a lot of time wondering if we could travel the entire 800km across northern Spain following the yellow arrows and scallop shells. Just after leaving St. Jean Pied de Port we found our first yellow arrow painted on a tree, and wondered, would it really be that easy?!
It is amazing the variety of signs, each being as individual as the person who placed it there for others to follow.