Day 23 – Gijón to Aviles

6/2/17 – 30km/18.6mi from Gijón to Avilés. Today had one big climb and was otherwise flat but relatively ugly walking through industrial and suburban areas. On the Camino Francès in 2014, The entrances to cities were ugly and industrial. On this one, almost every time we entered a city, it’s been to magnificent views of […]

Day 22 – Deva to Gijón

6/1/17 – 7.8km/4.7mi from Deva to Gijón, short and simple! Today was pretty much a “rest day” even though we had some walking to do. We all slept in, had a leisurely breakfast at the awesome restaurant at Camping Deva-Gijon, and set off toward Gijón also at a leisurely pace. After a nice entry alongside […]

Day 21 – Villaviciosa to Deva

5/31/17 – 24.1km/15mi from Villaviciosa, to Deva, with about 1340m/4396 feet of climbing and descent. After yesterday’s epic 28 mile hike, today was supposed to be mercifully shorter at just around 15 miles. But when you throw in Herculean climbs, it was no easy day! In addition, let’s just say I celebrated my birthday *well* […]

Day 19 – Nueva to Ribadesella

5/29/17 – 13km/8.1mi from Nueva to Ribadesella. Despite starting off early at 7am hoping to knock out 18 miles before an afternoon rain forecast hit, we found ourselves pummeled by rain around mid-morning. It hit when we were on dirt farm paths that became massive mud puddles. There were no dry or covered places to […]

Day 18 – Llanes to Nueva

5/28/17 – 18km/11.2 from Llanes to Nueva, with nice easy strolling. We got a slightly late start today as we planned, because we wanted to take advantage of the local laundromat to wash and dry clothes. Every day, most of us hand wash the clothes we wore that day. It can take time, but I […]

Day 17 – Serdió to Llanes

5/27/17 – 39.9km/24.8mi from Serdio to Llanes, with about 760m/2493ft of climbing on several steep ascents. Man, today was a doozy. We all woke up at 5:30 or 6:00am, so we could make it to Bar Gloria for an earrrrrly morning breakfast before beginning a long 25mi trudge in the hope to arrive in Llanes […]

Day 16 – Comillas to Serdió

5/26/17 – 22.5km/14mi from Comillas,to Serdió, with at least 400m/1310ft of climbing on steady rolling hills Another relatively short day today – we saw a forecast for afternoon rain, so we figured to stop either at Serdio if it was raining, or trek another 6mi to Colombres, if it was clear. It was really a […]

Day 15 – Santillana del Mar to Comillas

Day 15, 5/25/17 – 22.9km/14.2mi from Santillana Del Mar to Comillas, with rolling hills throughout the day. Unlike yesterday’s suburban and industrial road journey, today started and ended in great medieval towns with beautiful architecture. While we mostly walked on roads it was often through farms and nice villages. I saw a couple things I […]

Days 12-13 – Guemes to Santander

5/22-23/17 – 21.4km/13.3mi from Guemes to Santander, and then a “day off” in Santander The trail today went north from Guemes to the coast, where the path hugged the edge of a cliff and gave us marvelous views throughout the day. While we’ve all been seeing each other daily, today you could say we joined […]

Day 11 – Laredo to Guemes

5/21/17 – 32.5km/20.2mi from Laredo to Guemes with relatively flat walking except for one steep climb on a cliff nestled between two beautiful beaches. The trail today was lovely but long, and there were points where the sun was baking us on the road as we walked. We walked a few miles along the beach […]

Day 10 – Islares to Laredo

Day 10, 5/20/17 – 29.2km/14.7mi from Islares to Laredo with relatively flat walking. We woke up to driving rain and thought we had another slushy grey day in front of us. We all prepared for the worst! But just as the weather report predicted, things cleared up quickly, and the rest of the day was […]

Day 9 – Pobeña to Islares

5/19/17 – 29.2km/18.2mi from Pobeña to Islares, with mostly flat walking save for a few hills. In all the ways that yesterday was miserable, today was wonderful. We had mostly sunny skies and phenomenal views at every turn. Each day so far, I’ve felt that our photos don’t do this magnificent trip enough justice. The day […]

Day 8 – Portugalete to Pobeña

5/18/17 – 15.7km/9.8mi from Portugalete to Pobeña with relatively flat walking. We knew the weather report said it would rain heavily today and boy did it ever. And the day started on a bad note – someone who I guess was unprepared for the rain STOLE MY BACKPACK COVER. What audacity – I’ve always felt […]

Day 7 – Bilbao to Portugalete

5/17/17 – 16.4km/10.2mi from Bilbao to Portugalete with fairly even walking until a ~75m/250′ climb at the very end. Many before us rested on the 7th day, so we followed suit. Today we slept in, explored Bilbao and the Guggenheim museum, and lazily made our way to Portugalete, a town just about 6-7 miles north […]

Day 6 – Guernica to Bilbao

5/16/17 – 25.3km/15.7mi from Gernika to Bilbao, with about 1200m/3937ft total ascent and descent. After the physical and mental stresses of yesterday, David and I resolved to just take it easy today and keep our minds mentally relaxed. We set out knowing the final destination was Bilbao, a whopping 22 miles away, but the last […]

Day 5 – Markina-Xemein to Guernica

5/15/17 – 30.1km/18.7mi from Markina-Xemein to Guernica with 1250m/4101ft total ascent and descent. Let me start by saying I’m having a great time, and that this is already a very rewarding trip. But oh my word, these days have me at the breaking point. They’re immensely challenging. After 8 hours of pleasant but punishingly long […]

Day 4 – Deba to Markina-Xemein

5/14/17 – 29km/18mi from Deba to Markina-Xemein, with 1830m/6004ft total ascent and descent. After yesterday’s relentlessness, today was much more manageable, with peaceful strolls through rolling farms, forests, and green spaces. But we still had two major climbs and then a final descent so steep that it was more appropriate for street luge than hiking […]

Day 3 – Zarautz to Deba

5/13/17 – 32km/19.9mi from Zarautz to Deba, with at least 1900m/6234ft total ascent and descent. If there’s one word for what today was, it was “brutal.” Or maybe “oppressive” or “relentless?” No, I’ve got it – “oppressively relentless!” Wait, that’s two words – but I’m going with it. It was harder than any day I’ve […]