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Great Pilgrimage

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 Mrs Harley addressing a meeting at Olton during the Women's pilgrimage of 1913
Mrs Harley addressing a meeting at Olton during the Women's pilgrimage of 1913

The Great Pilgrimage of 1913 was a march in Britain by suffragists campaigning non-violently for women's suffrage, organised by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). Women marched to London from all around England and Wales and 50,000 attended a rally in Hyde Park.[1][2][3][4][5]

The idea for the march was first put forward by Katherine Harley at an NUWSS subcommittee meeting in London on 17 April 1913.[6]:148 Plans were rapidly drawn up, and publicised through the NUWSS newsletter Common Cause, for six routes along which marchers would converge on London for a rally in Hyde Park on 26 July 1913. These were named the Great North Route (from Newcastle and East Anglia); the Watling Street Route (from Carlisle, Manchester and north Wales); the West Country Route (from Land's End and south Wales); the Bournemouth Route; the Portsmouth Route; and the Kentish Pilgrim Way.[6]:xxi,152 The first marchers would set off on 18 June, allowing six weeks to reach London from Carlisle and Newcastle.[6]:xxi,153

Each contingent was preceded by banners declaring the march to be law-abiding and non-militant, clarifying the stance of the NUWSS compared to the militancy of the WSPU.[6]:xxi,153

The march was organised in great detail. Advance information provided to marchers included a "village-by-village itinerary" with details about accommodation and facilities. A single piece of luggage per person would be transported, there were daily roll calls, and marchers were asked to wear rosettes in green, white and red - not the purple of the suffragettes. Some marchers brought horse-drawn caravans to accommodate themselves en route, while others stayed with local supporters or were found other accommodation. Marchers were welcome to join the pilgrimage for as long as they could: while some women marched for six weeks others could only spare a shorter time.[6]:155 Women of all classes joined the march, including Lady Rochdale (wife of George Kemp, 1st Baron Rochdale) who marched from Carlisle to London.[6]:318.

Public meetings were organised along the routes of the march, and in some cases the women were met with violence from hostile locals, as at Ripon where they were attacked by drunks celebrating the local agricultural show,[6]:174-175 and at Thame where an attempt was made to burn one of the marchers' caravans while they slept in it.[6]:1-4,213-215

 The procession leaving Drayton for Banbury
The procession leaving Drayton for Banbury

On Saturday 26 July the marchers and others converged on Hyde Park for their rally. They assembled at various pre-arranged points to march to the park, where 78 speakers addressed the crowd from 19 platforms, one for each Federation within the NUWSS. At 6pm a vote was taken at each platform, and those present unanimously passed the motion "That this meeting demands a Government measure for the enfranchisement of women".[6]:227

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[TODAY IN IMPARABLES] Got any tissues? Cos you're gonna cry. [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] The battery's run out. To change the battery, you need the key. [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] The unit's buggered. [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] This is Castile. And the sun... "puff" [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] You live here in Wamba. You're a ‘Wambino’. right? [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] Welcome to Paradise! [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] Just to be polite... [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] Good road! [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] You've made it really nice. [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] Up, down, up, down, stones, gravel. [TODAY IN IMPARABLES] Pilgrimage or ordeal? Ring! Hi there. Morning. The Imparables are always changing and we have a new member, an amazing guy, a guy who will do anything, who has the Imparable attitude, who's... You ready? No, but what the hell. That's our attitude. - Santi, man, I can't see without my glasses. - What's up? You ready? -It doesn't matter if I'm ready, we're off. Weren't you told you had to be ready now? - Or are you going to come like that? -No, no... I've got the gear and all that here. - The thing is we're off now. -If you're not ready you'llbe left behind. But it would be nice to leave all together. - I'll be ready in a tick. - Wait for you here, no time... Florentino Fernández. - Give us a few words, man, for those of us who are setting off. - You're gonna shit yourself. [Florentino Fernández, a new cyclist, will do the first stage on an electric bike] I hate you being so uptight, honestly. throttle. [Florentino Fernández, a new cyclist, will do the first stage on an electric bike] It's like a shark swimming calmly through the ocean [Florentino Fernández, a new cyclist, will do the first stage on an electric bike] and a huge great whale overtaking it at full. [Florentino Fernández, a new cyclist, will do the first stage on an electric bike] Got any tissues? Cos you're gonna cry. Yeah, yeah, you're gonna cry. [The GAES PILGRIM RACE is a MTB race that follows the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) from Madrid. 8 stages, more than 800 kms, landscapes and unforggetable experiences] - The group sets off. - We're gonna turn left here. It's like in a museum, you know. You have someone to act as a guide. - They're all full of beans now… we'll see how they feel later. You can't ride on the team car, right? The car was here, and it said, give us a shove... come on! The first thing I was told when I arrived was welcome to the Imparables. Really friendly. Now I've found out what it's all about, doing the first stretch, 62 kms... phew, it's bloody hard going. Atacama? Sod that! Flo, mate, Cercedilla, champions. After the first bit, it'll be really rough going. We left from the centre of Madrid and before you knew it you were in the middle of the countryside. The contrast in such ashort space of time is amazing. You know, it was supposed to be a bit of a prologue or warm-up, a chance to try out the bikes and all that, but it wasn't like that. The whole stage has been continuous ups and downs although, overall, it was an extension as far as Cercedilla. A little group there with Saras and Flo joined occasionally by Doctore and sometimes Carlos and Javi Sancho. We've now done 48 kilometres and we're starting to notice it. And Flo, who's unstoppable, is back here with the rest of us. Exciting, a wild adventure with very technical descents, with rocks, sand, cows, bulls. I don't know what else was missing. Nope, Nope, Nope! See you later. Hey, Santi is here. Hey, the people from the Race Office are asking you to get a move on, mate. - When he sees a camera... hey... hey...what a vulture you are. We dropped the GoPro, I don't know if the glass is a bit broken but, well, let's keep going. Know what? With the electric bike, everyone thinks it's great. But I've suffered more than anyone. It's fine on stretches that are up, down, up, down, small slopes, but on the flat, long distances, straight stretches, it's awful. - Flo's oversensitive and he doesn't realize he's got no reasonto get worked up. Don't worry,I'll wait for you in the next section when we have to go up and down. I'm not using up the battery, I'm trying to be straight with you. That's the spirit! That's the right attitude. Flo. - See you! - The old bastard... - Watermelon police. Watermelon control. Stop. - Well the clever sod has one line of battery left, one line of battery, and here at the second restocking point we had another battery. - Of course, to change the battery we needed the key. Did you bring it? Well, me neither. - I left it at home. Great. Santi, tell me something. You think I'm a professional? They put this gear on me and I've no idea what I'm supposed to do. - And now Flo's battery's run out. It was inevitable, his battery's run out. - But what do you think, that I don't have a battery? I mean mine. - No batteries! That's it, that's it. No batteries, he's run out, he's run out. It just went "puff" so we've stopped on the roadside. Well, not making any noises now, not doing any imitations anymore. - This little group isn't at all serious, right? I wasn't worried because they told me they'd brought an extra battery. Doctore was extracting the battery with great care. - The battery blew up and now we've strapped the new one on with a bit of tape. Great job! [Toni Perez, aspires to the podium of the Pilgrim after two years of repeated injuries.] - It's so hot! I had to move fast to avoid the heat. I was exhausted, but I'll do whatever is needed to avoid the heat.... - Santi, by nature, is a loser and he knows it. The thing is he tries to surround himself with people he thinks are bigger losers than he is. That's why he called me. What happened in the end? Look at the classification. I've shut people up, mate. Santi, I'm going to unblock the battery. Santi Millán, an Imparable. Flo, even more so. - What do you think of the camp? - Out of this world, mate. How long did it take you to set this up? - No time, mate. You just stand in the middle of the bullring and go "bam, bam, bam, bam" This is going to be my home for eight days. It's very basic. When you finish the stage you have to wash your clothes and I'm gonna show you from inside. This is a tent but you can also make pizzas in the oven. Come on. Lie down here. Important part: You say the ground's hard? As you can see, I'm a professional. - See? These are the tricks I like to know. - And I've got a mattress. Viscoelastic pillow. Viscoelastic goes hard when it's cold. In Chile, for example, where it gets freezing at night, this was like a stone. - But from twelve thirty you end up in an ideal state until the next day? - You can't do anything about it, that's what I'm saying. What's the hurry? Let's enjoy it. The supplies are all free. - I'll tell you what... This is what I came for. I just wanna thank you for treating me so well because you've stuck to me as if you were my girlfriend. The underlying message there is that you're dead stupid and can't be left alone. - I was afraid something would happen to you. Well, mate - Well, I'm off now because it's bloody hot. By the way, great idea for the kit to be black, black T-shirt and all. Imparable. - He's worn it though. - Santi. Hey! Are you asleep? I was just thinking that if the culotte is called culotte because you wear it on your 'culo' (bottom), shouldn't the top be called chestotte because you wear it on your chest? and It's called a maillot. - Yeah, right... Goodnight. - They're trying to trick us. - What are you doing? Javi Sancho, there are people out there filming us with the cameras. What need is there to record this misery? - I don't understand having to... so early. People so active, look at them. - There's people running. There's two chics waving at you. - More likely at you. Him or me? - The cameraman. - That's not on, girls. Hurting people's feelings. - What's the plan for today? Sarasketa? - Survive. - Survival mode. - Pedaling downhill and it's tough. - Why? - I don't understand, it was the same yesterday: downhill and you had to pedal - I calculate we'll arrive at half four or five in the afternoon because the first ascent is going to be hard and the downhill stretch also... - Then there's the: "ohhh! But it was all downhill!" Typical Javi Sancho, right. - I also thought that and of course I wore myself out at the pass. On a continuous ascent of about 14 kilometres at the beginning of the stage and then they say it's all downhill. Shit. They don't even believe it themselves. Eight hours and running. - Today's stage was spectacular. The first surprise was that the ascent was suddenly Canada: forests, streams, ferns... - Well, here you have to pace yourself because you can easily wear yourself out if you start out too fast. - I' m looking for my partner who's left me behind. The third ‘Chasis’ music has been put on and when that happens she’s dangerous. - ‘Maquina Total’. ‘Chasis’ - We have the idea that to see amazing things we have to go a long way away when actually we have it here. We've reached the top. First climb completed. We've taken less time than we thought. And now, in principle, it's downhill, which is what we like most. -But we've reached Segovia. -Beautiful! And we saw the Alcazar, which was incredible. Like Disney. - Cream on the neck. Well spread. - I prefer spray. - Amazing change of scenery. That was another planet. They were tracks, open fields, the landscape of Castile. - And the sun beating down on your head. - Some refreshing sprinklers here. - Javi Sancho sometimes has his weak points. - He starts feeling down when there's still a long way to go. But we've discovered the solution. - We've been deceiving him. - In a very long stage, you have to give Javi short goals. That's how to keep him going. The idea of Sarasketa was to have a coffee and a bit of omelette... and you would say: "What's this shit?" - I mean... I don't like coffee. You're doing things for me that I'm not interested in. - But he said, look, the thing is, they told me there's a really nice town but it's a bit further on, and Javi said: "And the town? But how far is it?" And in the end he said no... tell me how far it is really. We're like the sky. We have our leader here. - We had a clear mission: keep Javi Sancho going as far as the finish line. - Santi, in his imagination, is in the tour. He's started making strategies that don't make much sense but he's got this thing about having to protect the leader... Now relays, then single file, then in parallel. - All really nice. - We've crossed a few stretches of sand where we said: Sand here, where from? Because it was beach sand, desert sand, but we're experienced people because we've cycled in the Sahara desert, we've cycled in the Atacama desert and we're used to sand. - But it's tough going. - 83 kms and 42 ºC here in the middle of a forest with a sand patch. Pilgrimage or ordeal? - What do you think of Coca's Castle? - Awesome. - I expected Coca's Castle to be much more dusty. - At 10 kilometres from the finish we're stopping to eat. Sarasketa is Basque and he says, well let's eat some eggs with sausages and I asked him... Do you think that's wise at 42 degrees? - Arriving to second stage finish line! - Santi. What? Are you asleep? - No. - I was thinking that if both of us are doing the Camino de Santiago it should be called the Camino de Santiago and Javi. - Yeah well... the Road to Santiago isn't named after me. - Well, it seems like the other one thinks so more than you, right? - Eh, yeah... Okay, good night. - Hey, what bad losers... - Hi friends, good morning! In these trials the ones that get the best rest are always the bikes. As you can see, it is very early in the morning because the vocalization is not perfect. You have to know which bike is yours. Um, er, this one... this one's mine. I'll probably leave the rearview mirror because otherwise there's no way of seeing Javi Sancho's face. Here we have everything necessary for a long stage. The anemometer is very important, it's always very important to know which way the wind is blowing. The basket is for collecting fruits and souvenirs along the way. You'll think the stabilizer is too high up but they're for the trials for the technical tracks. And now we're going to find those responsible for having tuned my bike. - Morning! - Morning, how's things? - How did you find your bike today? - Very nice, very nice. - Didn't they say we'd have the wind behind us? You may have to put it the other way round, right? - I'll find out who it was. - Departure neutralized on the streets of Olmedo and with the car with the sirens waking up the whole population. There are people now waking up saying "what the fuck!" Last night Eva got an eye infection. We've been prescribed an antibiotic. Looking for a 24h pharmacy. But we didn't find the pharmacy. They open at 10 a.m. Bugger the 24h pharmacy! The plan's gone to pot because one of the team members,Carlos Ortet, has been left behind at the starting point. We are at kilometre 30 of the stage and the team has broken up. I missed the start chatting with people. He was too busy talking about where we were going and we were already in Cuenca. Metaphorically speaking, of course, because we weren't actually in Cuenca. And Doctore, Raul Doctore said well I'll go back and fetch him and bring him here. At the physical level I'm a bit above the rest of them so I'll do the job. - What happened, Ortet? - Doctore came to rescue me and helped me set the pace to catch up with you. The plateau is... you look and there are no horizons, no mountains and that's always a good thing when you're cycling. We have to cross Castile: plains, windmills... - Sancho! - Yes sir? - They're giants! - Yes, the windmills are giants but not actual giants, just very big windmills. - That's what I meant. That they're very big. - Okay. - We have improvised a refreshment because it's very hot. - We've ride very fast, but we've also enjoyed the stops and the scenery. - We just went through Wamba. Hello, sir. Do you live here in Wamba? - Yes. So, you're a Wambino (Bambino). Carrying straw to and fro, right? Finally after two hours we have found the famous pharmacy, which is here. - Hi. - Problem solved. Well, she's recovered and we've managed to finish the stage successfully. - Then the second part and the wind has begun to get stronger. When the wind's behind you, fine, but when it's against you... - On the way to Sarasketa, just to show off really, I would sometimes take the lead. - It's tea time. The flask, the perfect temperature. Leave this here and it's brewed in no time. Very good. We have had time to practice all kinds of formation. We have done the fan formation, Arrowhead formation. - The idea was to cross the finish line like this. In the end, the stairs screwed up the plan. - A deformation. - Nickel plated. How are you, mates? You think that the life of the Imparables is hard, tough... No! We have moments of pure luxury. Let me introduce Iñigo Lavado. Iñigo, a real pleasure. [Iñigo Lavado, chef of the Singular restaurant, is the creator of a new culinary experience that allows him to bring his restaurant wherever his heart tells him.] He has a restaurant in Irun that is called Singular and does unique things. [Iñigo Lavado, chef of the Singular restaurant, is the creator of a new culinary experience that allows him to bring his restaurant wherever his heart tells him.] - It was getting boring when... "where's your restaurant?" And I say: "in Irun". "Oh, that's miles away". [Iñigo Lavado, chef of the Singular restaurant, is the creator of a new culinary experience that allows him to bring his restaurant wherever his heart tells him.] - Yes, it's a bit secluded. [Iñigo Lavado, chef of the Singular restaurant, is the creator of a new culinary experience that allows him to bring his restaurant wherever his heart tells him.] - And now: where's your restaurant? Wherever you want. [Iñigo Lavado, chef of the Singular restaurant, is the creator of a new culinary experience that allows him to bring his restaurant wherever his heart tells him.] This is only done to do special things and right from the heart. [Iñigo Lavado, chef of the Singular restaurant, is the creator of a new culinary experience that allows him to bring his restaurant wherever his heart tells him.] - Thank you very much, sir. This is gonna be something else. - This is an Almadraba tuna tartar with chili water. Chili water is a Peruvian-Mexican recipe. - The camping business has its good points, huh. Actually, we don't sleep so bad because Javi Sancho has brought a mattress. - An amazing mattress. - Which is better than the one I have at home. - The first night I started to sleep on my mattress. I woke up and he was on mine. Hugging him. On the mattress hugging him . - There's no guarantee that I'll finish all these phases of the stage and they're like taking great care of me. - It's much better to take someone, the typical person they call "the fuse". Someone who is a little worse than you because it's always the excuse to say, hey, slow down, we have to wait for so and so when you're really saying: sod this! - We all like to have someone who's slower than us, right? - Sure, I'm shagged out but it's the other one that... - We, the Imparables, apart from being really nice people, as you have seen, have a touch of magic about us. I told you I was going to give you a maillot. I'm not going to give you this dirty one, don't worry. I'm going to give you one that always comes with a label, which I always bring with me just in case. Here, have this maillot. - This is incredible. I can't wait to get on my bike and wear it with pride. - Look, tomorrow we have a few kilometres to do if you're up to it and, if you want, I'll even let you use my bike. - Santi. - What? - Are you asleep? - No! - I was just thinking... Have you seen the pilgrim? - What pilgrim? - The one that put up with me the whole time. - Good night. - The pilgrim hasn't come, right? Don't look for him. - The time you look for your bike is the most beautiful moment of the day because your bum says "oh, no". - I don't feel like it. - What a load of bastards. - What's happened? - People are bastards. - Yeah. Who could have been all night...? - Look, what's for sure is that it won't pick up any dust. - No, it's going to look like new. - This is like Christmas. - Oh, exciting, isn't it? Being given a new bike. - God! Now's when I cut the gear cables. We started the fourth stage at full throttle as usual. Coming from two long-distance days of more than 100 and 120 kms and you think 65 kilometres is nothing but it's still 65 kilometres of mountain mountain bike We're losing our respect on the matter of distance. Team orders have not worked very well today. To begin with, Carlos Ortet has set a very fast pace. - Yesterday I made a bit of a mess of it so I didn't help the team at first because I was straggling, so I said I'm going to make men out of you and did ten kilometers at an outrageous speed. - We all looked at each other saying: Has he got a date? What's the hurry? - I went there with the hook with the toast for breakfast. We'll get there and they won't have set up camp or anything.What's the rush? We've got all day. -The thing is the fireworks didn't last long and he was exhausted for the rest of the stage. 55 kilometres of agony and pain with the added absurdity that it was a simple stage through the fields of Castile. I have learned a lesson in humility, i.e. when you don't have much to give, it's no good trying to be generous. - First refreshment stop and they kept straight on, and I say... Aren't we stopping, or what? They saw it sure enough. I wasn't asked if I needed to stop and when we reached the second refreshment stop I said: We're stopping here, right! Because I felt really bad that there were people who had gone to all the trouble of setting it up. I think it's really bad form not to stop because the cut melon goes off really quickly and it's just not on to go throwing fruit away. Out of respect for them and because, well, it's part of the inscription. - When you join the Road to Santiago here, which comes from Roncesvalles, there are a lot more people, much more Pilgrimage.That makes the stage much nicer. We'll start to discover the true Road to Santiago. - The formations are starting to appear, perfecting the movements between formation and formation. - If a plane flies over or someone sees it from above They'll say: look how slowly they're going, but they see the forms and one says diamond, bam, diamond. we change to arrowhead and we take on the arrowhead formation in synchrony. We'll probably break our head open one of these days, cos we're that clumsy. - Two years ago I had an injury and I slowed my pace a lot and it has taken me a lot to recover over these last two years and the truth is that I took on the Pilgrim with the desire to compete and came first in master 40 and third in the general classification. I'm happy. I hope the Imparables are too. - I dedicate this master 40 victory to Santi. Santi, we have to win the next one together. - With Eva the fact is that we have increased the team and that was very important and now I'm alone because I do the last three or four on my own. - The mixed duo is a good experience for any couple who wants to do a race together. - If a mixed duo get through a marathon I think they have a future. - There we are entering a rhombus formation or as I like to call it, diamond; because these guys are a rough diamond. They have to be polished but they're a diamond. - The fourth stage of the Pilgrim has brought us just to the halfway point of the road from Santiago to Sahagún. For us it has been a stage, well, a bit of a transition stage. But on the Tour de France no. Because France is the queen of stages. We're all in here, enjoying those who really pedal. - They are going up as we were going on the flat, more or less. - No! like me descending. What surprises me is the face. When I'm suffering, phew. - I pedal with a worse face. - You sleep with a worse face. Look, these are making “a Javi Sancho”. He is shouting: a little dotLess, one dot less, mate. The whole group is represented here: the people in the lead, the mediocre ones that are neither at the front, back or anywhere, which would be us. And the last and then the ones that bring up the rear. - We've taken his number off there, right. - We've taken it off the one who's dropped out of the race and put it on ourselves. - Santi. - What? - Are you asleep? I was thinking that if I pick up two girls in the camp and bring them to the tent, would you leave the tent or would you stay here to make a happy foursome? - Javi, that's not going to happen, okay? Goodnight. - But you got the idea? To be happy, to be a happy foursome. Like Maluma, baby. - Shut up, all right? - The formations business went so well yesterday, today we would try to go for more, right? - We should be like the terrestrial version of the eagle squadron. - We travel by land and we don't go that fast. - Well mates, we're ready to start the fifth stage, the first non-competitive one, but we have some surprises. We have new members joining the Imparables team. One is Arnau Julià. I see you've brought the bad weather with you too. - It's not going to rain, is it? There'll be no mud, you know. - When Arnau says there'll be no mud, be prepared for the worst. And then we also have the pleasant addition of Eva Jiménez. Well, we are all ready, there are no more excuses. Let's go! - I was a little worried because I'm still not fully recovered. I was with a strength of 38 percent on the left side, I've decreased to 27 but both Imparables and Orbea have made it really easy with this fantastic machine, [Eva, founder of ASDENT, participates in challenges to get help for her son Nacho and will do it for the first time on an electric bike.] this locomotive, and the fact is that having the champion of Spain as a partner is not bad at all. [Eva, founder of ASDENT, participates in challenges to get help for her son Nacho and will do it for the first time on an electric bike.] - Having a spot of trouble passing under the trees. If we're relaxed when it's competitive, when it isn't, it's just pure enjoyment, a stroll, but no sooner than we left there's been a split in the team. We have lost four members of the Imparables team. - They've got left behind but since we are no longer fighting for the classification the team manager has given us freedom of movement. - Today was my first day in the Pilgrim. I've caught up a bit on the lives of everyone and we had a good laugh in the first part. - I think it's the first time I've been able ride at Santi's level because due to my handicap, I already suffer with the first bit of pedalling I do and when I'm going to face a 100 kilometre stage, even more so. What a coincidence! Us doing the Road to Santiago by bike and we bump into the sub-23 elite Tour of Leon. There they go. They move like well-oiled machine. - Today was non-competitive because we entered the French Road. After Sahagún, the Madrid Road coincides with the French Road and you find a lot more pilgrims, so you have to go much more carefully. In a way, we are also doing the Road to Santiago. You greet them, you say good morning and the typical ‘buen camino’ (Good road!). - It looked like the split was permanent but in the end we've regrouped after meeting a man with a 40-year-old Orbea. What he had was a relic. - It's what they say, Orbea's never go wrong. - I'd ask you to swap bikes but I reckon I'm gonna find the road hard going with this one. - You're gonna find it very hard going. - But well, at least you'll let me try it, won't you? - Of course, mate. - Thanks, wow, it's comfortable, right? - You're welcome, my pleasure. - Same to you. - Keep enjoying it for another 45 years. -We have passed through Leon, which is an amazing city with a spectacular cathedral. - I'll introduce you to Anna and Maria Jose. Come on, they're really excited to meet you. -We'll never get there at this rate. - Do you have a lot to put up with Antonio Gassó as a boss? - Sometimes. - He thinks that I have done many kilometres on a bike with him and can't take any more. - I'm getting myself into shape so as not to ride next to him. I understand you perfectly, he's making me go through the worst of it. - The group going through what would be the most representative part of today's ride: The Parador (stop). Because today we are taking it really slowly. - The bike's battery engine is limited to 25 kilometres an hour. On the flat it's easy to keep up with them at 25 and the bike weighs a lot but when there was a climb, I said... piece of cake. I'll get up it no problem. And I've got big-headed. - We've reached a really unique place:the House of the Gods run by David, who after some bad life experiences decided to settle in this house and give the pilgrims whatever they want. - Selfservice, welcome to Paradise. Vous pouvez faire ce que vous voulez, d'accord? - They can pick up fruit, they can get food, biscuits, if they want they can stay to sleep. - Totally free, which is something you want in this day and age. It's very disconcerting because you come to a place and they say: help yourself. - When you understand life more deeply you realize that when you give you receive and that's why this place exists. The important thing is the way you are inside. If I had to put a price to it I'd tell you this is free because you haven't got enough money to pay for it. And they treat me like I'm crazy, but what the hell. I always tell people that I wish we all had a little more craziness in us, right? That way everything would be a bit better. - It has made us think, because afterwards, on the stretch from the House of the Gods to Astorga we were talking about all that, whether it would be possible to forget about money and live in a different way, right? And we have decided it wouldn't. - I can't take anymore, I can't take anymore (song). - I think we've managed to come last today. I think. - Santi! - What? - Are you asleep? - No. - I was just thinking... Is the Road to Santiago stamp they put on us in each town like at the discos in case we want to go back in or does it have nothing to do with it? - It has nothing to do with it. Okay? Good night. - But we can go back to the town anyway, right? - It would have to remain visible. Eight hours ahead. - Today is stage 6 of the Pilgrim Race and we're going from Astorga to Vilamartín. We enter Galicia and are very eager to start seeing forest, green. - It was where the mountain really started because up to now it had still been quite flat and rolling. - After the start the first pass was quite open, quite long not very steep. - From being flat to being all up and downhill. - That's the nice thing about cycling. - Today we've entered the Bierzo, more green and more mountain too. The terrain gets a bit difficult and, like it or not, the team has felt it. - Here's my partner doing the climb with us. Imagine the pace. ‘Buen camino’!. - At the beginning of the stage we had a climb called the Iron Cross. - The couple have been hugging each other since we have arrived. I'm interested to know how long they can keep hugging each other. It's really nice. Have they stopped? I think it was more of a threat. Either you keep going or you stay here and don't see me again. Know what I mean? - ‘Buen camino’! To let you know who's wearing the trousers. - We started a fairly long descent of about 20 kilometres. - Let's do a subjective makeshift shot by putting the GoPro in your mouth. - Bloody hell! What's this? Bacon? For something like this it's worth it. Just to be polite, right? - In Ponferrada the Road splits: one is the French road that goes direct but we took the winter road where there are fewer pilgrims and which lets us ride a bit more freely. - Today we didn't feel much like taking a detour and riding further but I guess it's better if it's a nice place and when we got here I freaked out. You take a two-kilometre detour and find this bloody great mountain. - No way am I going up that. - It was hard enough walking let alone on a bike. - Know how many kilos they extracted? Five to six thousand kilos of gold. [The Medulas, World Heritage, is an ancient Roman gold mine. The massive mining operations gave rise to a spectacular change in the landscape.] - Five to six thousand kilos of gold, here? Jesus! [The Medulas, World Heritage, is an ancient Roman gold mine. The massive mining operations gave rise to a spectacular change in the landscape.] [The Medulas, World Heritage, is an ancient Roman gold mine. The massive mining operations gave rise to a spectacular change in the landscape.] If there were five thousand, there must be more. - Arnau Julia, who likes climbing, has got into a hole up there and when I saw him I think: he'll appear at the finish or tell us: Come on up! This is refreshment point 3. - Let's all go before he comes out. Come on! - This goes on and on, narrower and narrower, less and less light. - After the Medulas, to refreshment point 3, which was totally surreal. We went through a town at fiesta time, the streets were bustling with people and they gave us a really warm welcome. They had made us empanada, out of this world! - Thank you all for the welcome! We have to continue because they're waiting for us. - If they're throwing this party at kilometer 90, the remaining twenty-odd will be downhill. - Part of the team found the last leg a bit hard going. The problem is that there were ups and downs. - Leg-breaking stuff: technical ascents with a lot of loose stones and stuff and I was freaking out. - You descended 100 meters, you climbed 100 meters.You descended 100 meters, you climbed 100 meters. - You always think it's the last but it's never the last. There's always one more. - We arrived in dribs and drabs but, anyway, we entered Galicia and got to Vila Martín de Valdeorras, which was our destination, rather exhausted, you know, because six stages... like it or not, you can feel it in your legs. - Pretty, right! - Lovely. Wonderful landscape. - Beautiful scenery today. - A round of applause for them. - Just the three of us are left. We've got a bit lost. Up, down, up, down, stone, gravel. I did a straight line on a bend. The last refreshment point and then it's all downhill... - Cycling is great because it keeps you in contact with the land, you are experiencing nature firsthand but the truth is there's nothing like flying. - Better than staying at home sitting on the sofa. - What a nice job you've done! - Let's have some enthusiasm! - There, there it is. - What are you doing sitting down? - I'm sitting down. I'm absolutely fine here. - Santi. - What? - Are you asleep? - No. - Come on, go to sleep, otherwise you'll never get up in the morning. - Yeah, you're right. Want some water? - Come on. Ah! - Okay, good night. - Where's my bike? - Well, it's beautiful, mate. - I'd write your name and phone number and leave it along the way with or without the Sarasketa pharmacy prescription. - All this, all this for the office. - What a chore I've been left with. - We have a phrase on our kit which says: "We're in for it" - Well, we're in for it today. We've realized we've come to the most difficult part of the race, the terrain is much steeper. It's more difficult to advance, the going is much slower. - There were harder climbs and the terrain was quite stony. Well, at least a bit of rough climbing gives a bit more sense to the term mountain bike, right? This is where you get the most out of the mountain bike. I started out and my tyres started losing air. We've inflated the tyres in a moment and have also discovered a curious thing: Doctore has a special sensitivity for ultrasounds. You know we wear these bracelets that are for orienting the male mosquitoes that make the noise and drive away the female mosquitoes. It's imperceptible to everyone except Doctore. - It's like ... You're very sensitive, man. - Can't you hear it? - We're discovering some spectacular places. We are entering deep Galicia: the Ribeira Sacra. We have been through many villages. We ride through the side streets, we talk to the people. They are very secluded, hidden villages; some of them virtually deserted. In these trials there are times that your head is more important than your body because your head is the first thing to give in, i.e. when you see a tough climb, your head tells: you can't do it. And if your head sends you that message, you're fucked. But if you say: I can do it, your body does it.Your body responds. We have members of the team that are psychologically unprepared; Javi Sancho for example. Yesterday he had a moment of weakness which he overcame partly because he has a fresh motivation. There is a girl from Tomás Bellès's team who has been coming with us since the stages are no longer competitive and as she is in perfect shape, well, she chats with everyone and laughs and makes the stages much more enjoyable. Javi Sancho seems to be more motivated. - Arnau is in such good shape that he goes with..., well, he doesn't ride with the nuts and stuff he finds along the way in his hand, no, no. He carries them in a cup. That's class for you. This Tour of France type welcome. You know, when they carry the leader on their shoulders through the crowds? It's almost like that, the only thing is... there's no one else behind us. - Well, we've reached Monforte de Lemos but the stage does not end here: now there is a bus ride to Lalín. I think we're going to take advantage of it and have a little nap. It's amazing how long the bike stages take and how short the bus trips are. As you can see, people are feeling the lack of sleep. - Santi. - What? - Are you asleep? - No. - Why have you turned on the light if we can hear just as well in the dark? I'm kept awake every night by the light. - Okay, good night. - So, turn it off, time to sleep. - Morning, guys. Time to get up. - Good Morning, guys. Right, let's get up. How are you? - Good Morning Tasende. - Good morning! - Hi. Morning. Good morning. It's great, right? Waking up here. Morning, Horacio. What a joy, waking up in the morning. Yeah, yeah, stick your head out. The sun's risen. Come on, come on, come on, come on, wakey-wakey! How are you? Good morning. How are you all? Let's wake up with joy, with enthusiasm. Waking up in the morning is the best moment of the day. There are people who clearly do not like getting up in the morning. Come on. It's time to go. You're going to miss the last train to Santiago de Compostela. Let's go for another. This is going to be the last one. - Last stage, eighth stage of the Pilgrim Race is 65 kilometers; not the most difficult but we're all a bit tired. - The truth is that it has been a very enjoyable tour, mostly downhill. - The stage went up, down; the numbers are there to prove it, the satnav says we've climbed over a thousand metres. It says; but it was all downhill. No, look, look at the satnav. The satnav is reliable. - Stoney tracks, some slippery. - We came from an area of wet pebbles, a descent where I had to get off and walk halfway because I thought: falling on the last day would be a bit sad and it's not worth the risk. - You've done fine. The only one of the 15 who's done it well and he's got off his bike. - Call me conservative, but there I was walking. - Last stage and very beautiful, it has to be said. - We have had new additions to the team in this stage and when someone new joins for just one stage, the problem is the enthusiasm of the new arrival. and when someone new joins for just one stage, the problem is the enthusiasm of the new arrival. [Three cyclists from O Pino + social networks + a wife. Result: Three new Imparables] [Three cyclists from O Pino + social networks + a wife. Result: Three new Imparables] - Like they really want to cycle. Personally, when I got on my bike this morning, I didn't think: hey, how exciting, I'm going to go cycling today. The eighth day in a row. - The truth is that this last stage has been wonderful because, well, I've been able to share it with my son Marc. Which was really nice. - Here we go. - Fantastic, a bit to eat and on we go. - After almost 800 kilometres, at last we are in the streets of Santiago. Hallelujah! - The entry into Santiago was really great because you notice how there are gradually more and more people, the streets get narrower and you imagine that all that shouting, all those people are there for us but... no. - This is the end of the stage and, of course, the end of the Road to Santiago. - The truth is that when we reached the square with so many people we were all very happy to be able to finish, this time the whole team together. - FI-NI-SHERS. - Finishers and pilgrims. - And pilgrims. - All our sins forgiven - We've made it and now have the Finishers medal, which I'm going to put on. - Well, we've done it, eh? How many of you think I was going to give up in the third stage? - If I'd seen it before leaving, I'd have gone faster. - And what's more, we've finished with no problems, either mechanical or physical; mental, yes, but we had them to start out with. - Really happy, really happy to have reached Santiago in good shape and feeling like taking a tour round the town, because this would have been unthinkable before. - Santiago is all ours. - It's a real buzz when you get here. - Well, and your first master 40 award, right? Champion. First Imparable place and master 40 award. - We have felt the magic of the Road, the legendary age-old road, sinking into us little by little. The first stages leaving Madrid were a challenge and we have gradually become pilgrims. We have become impregnated by the spirit and enjoyed every moment. - Goodbye Imparables!

Centennial commemoration

In 2013 a series of walks were held to commemorate the centenary of the pilgrimage. Playwright Natalie McGrath's play Oxygen, which was inspired by the 1913 march, was performed by the arts organisation Dreadnought South West at venues along the march route.[7][8][9]

References

  1. ^ "Women's Pilgrimage". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 8 January 2018.  Includes full text of several primary sources
  2. ^ Fara, Patricia (2018). A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War. Oxford UP. p. 67. ISBN 9780198794981. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain". Jus Suffragi: Monthly organ of the international woman suffrage alliance. 8 (1): 7. 1 September 1913. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Malins, Phillipa (2013). "The Walk for Women - July 2013" (PDF). Cuckfield Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2018.  Includes a photograph of the marchers
  5. ^ Evans, Neil. "The Welsh women who took the long road to get the vote". Wales Online. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Robinson, Jane (2018). Hearts And Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0857523914. 
  7. ^ Cochrane, Kira (11 July 2013). "Join the great suffrage pilgrimage". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Who we are". Dreadnought South West. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
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Further reading

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