That the Camino de Santiago is not a competition is well known, but always we are struck by the challenges that many pilgrims complete along the Jacobean routes. Long distances, reduced mobility or record-breaking times are some of the stories that some pilgrims have left us in the last few days.

Cycling from Oslo

From Boiro (A Coruña) comes our first record. Arturo Piñeiro is a bike lover whose head doesn’t stop, just like his legs. He already warned us last August 28th, when this member of the cycling club Barbantia Roda announced in the national press its intention to intention to cover the approximately 3,926 kilometres that separate the Cathedral of Oslo and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela..

Good old Arturo He covered the distance in just 23 days, at an average of 170 kilometres per day, although the physical effort is not what worries him the most.Although the physical effort is not what worries him the most, as he declares.

“The hardest thing is the logistics. Physically and psychologically I’m trained for such a challenge”.

Indeed, the difficult part of this record was finding places to sleep or buy food, as well as getting along with the people, since he barely spoke English, he had some complicated moments. In fact, although his adventure did not last for a month, it is true that he had been preparing and organising this great challenge for months.

The hardest part came in the rainy stagesas happened in León or in the ascent to O Cebreiro. He was so wet that he had to break one of his rules, to go into a restaurant to eat something hot, as he always went to supermarkets and was his own chef. However, as he states, “solitude and peace are for me the best rewards. During those days you live disconnected from the world”.

We will have to follow him closely, because despite his 43% disability due to an intestinal disease that affects his diet, he is already thinking about his next record challenge, to cover the distance to Santiago de Compostela from Greece and perhaps from Jerusalem..

What will Norway have?

Yes, again from Norway, but now from the city of Trondheim. While the previous case was 3,926 kilometres, the Swiss case was 3,926 kilometres. Cristian Salamin is traveling the 5,400 kilometers that separate Trondheim from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela..

Last Tuesday 26th October we met him in Sarria already in the last last 100 kilometers of the French Way of the Camino de Santiago and very close to achieving this dream record. A dream too, then this passionate cyclist, used to cycling 10,000 kilometres a year, saw his passion almost cut short in 2015 when he saw his passion almost cut short in 2015, when he suffered a stroke at the when he suffered a stroke at the age of 50.. This disease is more common than we might think (in his country there are 16,000 each year, at an average of one every half hour), and in his case it left him in a coma and between life and death for four hard days.

The most interesting pilgrim records.

Now he is recovered and more alive than everand in fact he comments that the illness was “a second chance and a second birth”.. Now, despite having reduced mobility, as he has the left side of his body paralyzed and pedalling with only his right leg on his adapted bike, he feels happier in his previous life.She feels happier than in her previous life, and, with this record, she wants to to give visibility and raise awareness to the world that this disease exists, but that it is possible to live with it..

It started last July 7 from the Norwegian city and aims to reach Santiago de Compostela on Friday aims to arrive in Santiago de Compostela on Friday 29 October, on the occasion of World Stroke Day.. His pilgrimage, baptized as Ride for stroke and on whose website you can follow him, is being made possible thanks to his tenacity and tenacity and positivismand the assistance of a companion who drives the motorhome where he is resting, provided by his sponsors.

To the end of the world in one day

Gaetano Cupa is an Italian born in Naples, passionate about the Camino de SantiagoHe has already walked it twenty-seven times. Many such cases are already known among the collective pilgrim memory, but the amazing thing about Gaetano is that he has just covered the distance of the Way of Finisterre and Muxía in little more than twenty-four hours. For him, the Camino is something more than just a walking route, and in his words he refers to the Jacobean route as “a person that I love and loves me and calls me.”. Pure life.