the del Norte/Primitivo route.
Spain: From Irun to Santiago de Compostela, 500 miles.
Post 23; June 23, 2016, Thursday.
Day nine of trekking: Bilbao to Pobeña. 25Km.
Really?: The world carries on?
We finally started leaving Bilbao at about 9:00 a.m. And it is a long leave, because, of course, Bilbao is a big city. We took the river route which leads out across the river from the great and wondrous Guggenheim Museum, which is just magnificent from any angle. So, the departure from Bilbao was beautiful and pleasant, which helped, because after that—it was another long long slog to Pobeña.
I got separated from Carlos and anyone else on the path. I got lost. Made a wrong turn. Somehow, I fell, and hurt my left knee and was left to limp as best I could. And, I found it hard to find my way back (very hard), but I did, and I found my way to Pobeña. I want to be positive about this little town, but, in reality, the trek here was long, painful, and boring, and the little town is boring. So, for the record, we left Bilbao, made it to Portugalete, and took the intense weird flying ferry ride across the river—I’ve never seen such a contraption to transport people, cars and stuff. Okay, that’s one way to get across the river. Who thought of that? Then we trekked through Ortuella and Playa de la Arena, before making it to our destination, but separately. And, like I said, I got lost lost lost. Weather was boring. It rained once, but briefly.
We’ve lost track of many of our friends. That happens sometimes. It’s not clear where they are on the path, or where they’re staying. Carlos and I are in the center of town where we found the “Apartamentos Mugarri” referenced in Perazzoli/Whitsom, pg. 80.
So we went from a beautiful trek out of Bilbao to boring Pobeña.
My apple watch log, and coordinates from other trekkers is:
Flights climbed: 29 floors. It was only a 230m day.
All I can say is a trek like this one, the Northern route, will make you tough and determined. Don’t quit. Don’t even think about it. No way. Technically this was an easy day.
But, it wasn’t.
And all the news when I see it in a bar is . . . Brexit. The vote is today. The stock market is currently up on the news, the Supreme Court ruled on the Obama immigration executive order and the vote was 4 to 4, which was predictable, we know what that means.
So, apparently while I’m off trekking, the world carries on.
And, so, my trek goes on.
. . .