Camino del Norte 2015

Day 9 on the Camino del Norte: Pobeña to Castro-Urdiales

June 27, 2015
sign pointing to a village in a valley below a sharp mountain

“It was hard to retrace my steps but I knew it was meaningless to continue in this frame of mind… Tomorrow I will follow my inner guidance and start afresh…” ~John Brierley

Date: 2015 June 27
Route: Pobeña to Castro-Urdiales
Distance: —- km (— mi)
Departure: 5:50AM
Arrival: 10:45AM

There was a lovely sunrise over the Bay of Biscay and the first part of the route bordered the cllffs.


About 90% of the route was on some type of pavement.

there was a choice between an upper route into the mountains and this lower one by the sea. We were told both were along the road.


A few kilometers after entering Castro, we began a walk along the promenade of the beach.

  My friends, thank you for following me on my journey thus far. The pressure of trying to blog while being fully immersed in the Camino, fully present with it and with mysel, however, has lead me to make the decision to curtail the blogging for the time being; to take a hiatus.

I will be checking In with my family regularly so that they know where I am and that I am safe. I will also be reachable from time-to-time via Facebook. Thank you for understanding my need to disengage. I wish you a Buen Camino, wherever your path may lead you, and will look forward to reconnecting later.


Signature Elissa

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  • Steve from Boise June 27, 2015 at 15:04

    You deserve a good long break from your many fans. Camino now, blog later. Srt

  • Jen Hofmann June 27, 2015 at 15:52

    Cheering you and your choices, Elissa. Sending love and cool breezes at your back. <3

  • Mike June 27, 2015 at 21:02

    I’m sorry that we won’t be hearing from you but it is your camino, not ours. Enjoy, hate, revel in it every moment, we can wait.

  • Jeremy Deedes June 28, 2015 at 01:09

    Wise decision. Stick to the here and now and take the opportunity to be truly present. Looking forward to reconnecting with your travelogue in due course. In the meantime, go well.

  • Lilja June 30, 2015 at 12:45

    Looking forward to reading about the rest of your experience. Buen Camino 🙂

  • Kara of Standby to Somewhere July 1, 2015 at 01:35

    Hi Elissa, I hope your choice to pull back from your blog has helped your journey on this Camino. We both know it has its challenges and it is easy to compare it to the Francés. Thinking of you on your journey and I look forward to reading all your posts. Buen Camino, peregrina!

  • Tami July 11, 2015 at 21:55

    Hi enjoyed reading your blog
    two weeks ago we returned from the Camino Frances Thank you for your recommendation .we met Barbara and Aistivon, and now we are planingto the Camino del Norte
    will continue to read and use your tips thanks
    Tami from Israel

    • Sometimes She Travels July 20, 2015 at 09:43

      Hi Tami. That’s great news. I’m glad it worked out with Corazon Puro.

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