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 lovely exit from Comillas past some grand buildings (including a brilliant Gaudí building that no photo can do justice), rivers, and then into farms in the countryside as we approached the sea again. After a short stop in beautiful San Vicente de la Barquera, we continued on for another few hours through more hills and farms until we reached Serdio. With some of the crew wanting to stick around, we decided to keep it short today, and have a longer day to Llanes tomorrow. We got there early – around 1:30, whereas on longer days, we usually get in by 4:30, or even 5:00.

I saw one interesting thing when I checked in to the hostel we stayed at today – The check-in form asked everybody their reasons for doing the Camino. A lot of us put “adventure,” “spiritual,” “fun.” But somebody who stayed there yesterday put down “amor” (love). I wish that dreamer the very best!! Anyway, the early arrival gave us enough time to wash up, hang clothes, and go have an awesome lunch (seriously, Bar Gloria, the only joint in Serdio, makes some of the best “quick” hot food we’ve had on the Camino). After that I finally got the Kamino Krew playing some of the games! We played Pass the Pigs, with a buy-in, and Serrina won the day. Then Katharina won a tight session of Guillotine. Finally, Wooju smoked the competition in Blink (but she hasn’t played me yet!).

Knowing it’ll be a long day tomorrow, we all went to bed fairly early. Arriving at your destination early really allows you to unwind and prepare your body for the next day.