“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much….” –Margaret Meredith
Date: 2015 June 26
Route: Bilbao to Portugalete by Renfe Train, then Portugalete to Pobeña on foot.
Distance: 12.3 km (7.6 mi)
Accommodation: Albergue Municipal
There was already a long line of pilgrims waiting for the 24 beds when I arrived after my short walk of 12K from Portugalete. Some pilgrims ended up sleeping on yoga mats in tents that apparently were put up yesterday by order of the mayor of Pobeña. I was fortunate enough to get a bed although I offered to sleep in the tent so that someone who had walked from Bilbao could have the bed.
A friend had recommended skipping the stage from Bilbao to Portugalete because it was the “ugliest 10km” he’d ever walked. So I did. And the next stage wasn’t my favorite although I did meet some other nice pilgrims like father and daughter, Giovanni and Esther from Italy and Miguel and Esther from Barcelona. Pics below.