Saturday, October 7, 2017

Camino de Santiago del Norte: Days 1—3

Note: This is a camino of gratitude for me. Each day, I choose something I am grateful for in my life and think and journal about it throughout the day. I will share an exerpt from my journal entries at the end of each day's post 
Day 1: Portugalete to Pobena—7 miles

My first day was an easy one—learning how to look for the arrows, shells and signs that point the way to Santiago…and just coming to terms with the fact that I am here on the Camino…Really!


I passed many gardens and lots of fruit trees. Look at these beautiful peppers!


At the end of the day, I found myself on a beautiful beach—the first of many—where I just sat and contemplated for a long time before crossing the bridge to Porbeno and my first pilgrim’s albergue.



Day 2: Pobena to Castro Urdiales – 10.5 miles
Sunrise over the beautiful beach at Pobena .







It was a long day, at least for me. At about the 8-mile mark, I got lost after faithfully following the yellow arrows through some old tunnels; I ended up in a bunch of weeds and had to slog through them until I found a viable trail.  Luckily, you cannot get truly lost when the vast sea is at your right side all day. My albergue was on the far side of Castro-Urdiales, so there was a lot of concrete and busy streets to walk through right at the end. 

Thanks for your hospitality AND the
 boiled eggs, Carolos!
Behind a small bull ring, I found my resting place; and right down the street a great little bar where I had about the best grilled chicken and friendliest cook/ bartender/ server you could ask for at ElChiringuito de Castro. I had six eggs that I had wanted to boil, but none of the hostels I had stayed in had a way for me to cook them. When I offered them to Carlos, he offered to cook them for me! What hospitality. He also made the best pollo a la plancha I have had so far.


Day 3: Castro-Urdiales – Liendo – 14.5 miles
Sunrise over Castro-Uridales
This was a long and challenging day. Much of it was on pavement, which is so hard on your feet. But from a lovely sunrise to the monastery at El Puente to the eucalyptus forest near the end of the day—it was a good day, especially since I did not get lost one time! 
The La Magdalena Monastery

Ahhh...finally off the pavement...but at a cost.
It was almost all uphill in this tranquil forest.

And when we arrived at the Albergue de Peregrinos in Liendo, they let us wash our clothes for free! Such little things that can mean so much…


I am quite far behind in my blog posts. I apologize for that. Internet access is spotty on the Camino del Norte, but I will do my best to continue to keep you updated. I promise more indepth stories in the future!

1 comment:

  1. I'm living the trail with you, Cathy, having tackled a couple hard hikes this summer. Gratitude, what a great guide for your trek! love, Kate

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