Tips for cycling in the fall
Roads and trails that lead to Compostela remain open during the fall, although it are less traveled. The Camino de Santiago gets a little dour and its mystical aspect from September to December; even in winter pilgrims keep coming and adverse weather is added to the effort to complete the pilgrimage. If you are considering doing the Camino de Santiago by bike during the fall, here you have some tips to keep in mind.
Hour changes: that's my friends, clockwise are advanced sixty minutes with the start of the season, although we do not only refer to the hour change. There is an expression in Galicia that pretty much sums up the end of summer "acaba o verán, xa se nota nos días" (summer is ending, you can look in in the days) the days grow shorter and the night could surprise in the middle of the road if we have this in mind. Diligence to keep focus in case any unforeseen delays and remember you from 17-18 hours and it gets dark.
Hunting Season Opens: from mid-October to early January in Spain is hunting season. This means that on Tuesdays, Thursdays and holidays armed hunters are seeking prey in the forest of the Camino de Santiago. The law is very clear on this point so during this time extremad caution in working days of the hunting grounds. If necessary change the route and do not forget to wear flashy clothes.
The fall of the leaf, beautiful but dangerous: the deciduous forests lose their leaves during this season, this is know. Although find a covered litter rural trail is a beautiful stamp to remember that it is dangerous for cyclists because we do not know what lies under that mantle ocher and gold; rocks, roots, potholes that can cause a serious setback for cyclists. We must reduce speed and load weight on the back of the bike to the front wheel exceeds the possible hidden obstacles.
Mist, leaves and the mystery of the lost trails: yes, the romantic charm of autumn is undeniable. So much so that at times seem to discoursing for a landscape that can appear in a Edgar Allan Poe's tale but warned: rain, mud, fog and more factors may cause blurring and the way we can lose. A specific GPS or a mobile application is the best solution.
The hardest part is predicting the weather: the fall and spring seasons are variable time. You may begin your stage with a beautiful sunny day and temperatures exceed 15 and, suddenly, the storm that no one had told us hanging over our heads. We have to be proactive and bring us some warm clothes.
Mechanical suffers harsh conditions: moisture and mud can affect our bike mechanics. Clean and lubricate the bicycle will help mechanical components last longer and so we will not be hanging in the middle of the stage.