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Weitere Schnappschüsse von und mit unseren spanischen Freunden

More snapshots about and with our spanish friends!

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Es war ein wunderschönes Erlebnis mit Euch zusammen zu sein!

We have had a great time with you!

“Seeing” blinds on the way to Santiago de Compostela

Inspired by the strenght and power of the Euro-Tandem-Pilgrem Tour to Rome in 2008, the participators of the tour,most of them blind or visually handicapped, have come up with another spirituel tour which will give them hope for the battle against blindness. The choice was made in favor for the Jacobs path, reaching from St. Jean-Pied-de Port to Santiago de Compostela .

The plans for the project were made at the benedictine in Beuron. Many eager participants and accompanists were found so that the tour started May 25th,after two years of planning. Pastor Kirsch blessed the pilgrems with a prayer, before the group of 32 cyclists on 12 tandems started its first stage of the tour from Neuhausen to Straßburg, launched by the transport minister of baden-württemberg, Winfried Hermann, and Neuhausen’s mayor İngo Hacker. The first stage of 160 kms in 1800 meter hight lasted for 8 hours gave the cyclist a feeling for how the rest of the tour would be. The cyclists had the chance to rest at two bus stations on the way from Straßburg to Avignon and from Lourdes to St. Jean-Pied-de-Port. After that the route went through the pyrenees. The spanish ONCE-Team composed of pilots from Canada, Brasilia, South Africa, Luxemburg and Spain and visually handicapped copilots from Spain joined the tour after the challenging stage from St. Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona. The presence of numeral mediatic devices (TV,radio, press) in Pamplona, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos , Léon and Santiago de Compostela contributed in spreading the tours name and purpose to the public. Thanks to support from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign and internal Affairs it was made sure that group was accompanied by a police escort and an ambulance at all times. All the participants were overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Spanish people.

The route along the Jacobs path took us through a wonderful lanscape of mountains, canyons and constatnyl changing vegetations. There were some routes of incline and some of rapid decline with upto 80 km/h. The highlights,besides the athletic performances of the cyclists, were the visits to the kathedrals in Pamplona, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, Léon and abschließend in Santiago de Compostela with their pilgremmesses. Overall 1.016 km were left behind by the participants at 11.700 m height and an average speed of 20 km/h,time being spend on the saddels being 51 hours. At the end of the tour the happyness of reaching their final destination could be read of the faces of the participants. This unique experience gave them all new strength and hope towards a future cure against blindness.

We thank all of our sponsors and donors for their kind and friendly support which contributed to the succes of the tour.

Horst Schwerger