Day 13

Had a good sleep even without the earplugs but woke up around 6 again so given that I planned to start early to do some distance before the rain that was predicted from 8, I left the hostel at 7.

Well, apparently I’m not good at keeping the promises I make to myself: once again it was pitch black dark but now with rain and fog. I couldn’t see more than a few meters far and my eyes got tired from the attempt to hunt for signs.

I only got to turn my lamp off after a good hour. However even then the fog gave limited visibility for quite some time.

Apart from some 1 minute stops for orientation and getting thing out from the bag the first stop I’ve made was around 12:30.

I manage to add a few extra kilometers and hills with the coastal way but it was nice. Lots of surfers everywhere.

Unfortunately I started to feel that I have blisters on both of my feet and also the extra 5k I’ve planned would have had to be at least 7 as an albergue was closed to when I arrived finally in San Vincente I decided to stay.

It has been a good 35k anyways in under 7 hours with which I was quite happy.

Until the albergue opened I’ve checked out the church and had the leftover from my sandwich.

Although I was happy that my heel didn’t hurt today at all my new blisters might cause even more problem.

Day 8

Early start at 7 left me with crossing a forest in the dark but also a beautiful sunrise over the coast.

In the morning I mostly walked with Andrew.

Arriving to Castro Urdiales I hit the pharmacy again for a knee support. I have to say it worked well. I left Castro around noon after some food shopping and kept the pace with others: Andrew, Sven and Jen only caught up with me when I took some rest. When we got to Islares – the village I was aiming for after passing Castro – I went on for Guriezo. The albergue is a bit run down but supposedly still better than the one in Islares.

Totalled this day at 28k in 8 and a half hours. It seems I can not stick to having a lighter day 🙂

Planning for the next two days was fun there are so many combinations to pick from …