Camino del Norte 2015

Day 2 on the Camino del Norte: San Sebastián to Orio

June 20, 2015

Date: 2015 June 20
Route: San Sebastián to Orio
Distance: 14 km (8.7 mi)
Departure: 0700
Albergue: St. Martin Hospital de Pergrinos (probably one of my all-time favorite albergues)
Note: Most amazing view I’ve seen at an albergue (aside from Orisson and O Cebreiro). This post was published on an iPhone from the Camino.

Eva and Misako in the kitchen at the youth hostel whete we stayed on Day 1

The rising sun gave me hope for the new day and reminded me that every day is an opportunity to begin anew.

I was happy to hear sheep bells , one of my favorite sounds.


At the top of a very long hill, Someone had kindly set up a little rest area for pilgrims , complete with water and a stamp for our credentials.


View of the giant Bay of Biscay bordering the north of Spain


Today has been very well waymarked


Nadine and Christine drinking from a water hole. Christine has already been on the Camino for two months having walked from France.


Nadine navigating one of many mudholes on todays’s route.

beautiful waymarker

We ran into Nia not far outside Orio, where we are considering stopping for the day, which would make it a very short walk at 14km.


I love this view!

only 787 more km to Santiago!


More rocks! These trails are for the nimble-footed!


Just outside Orio.

All morning I’ve been saying that if this albergue is remotely nice, I will stay here and have a short day…


We walk around the back and here is the view…


Albergue St. Martin from the back.


We entered the tiny private albergue and were charmed by its coziness and cleanliness.


I got a lower bed in an area for four. (And right now it’s after 7pm and I’m still on my own in here!)


What pilgrim can resist a centrifuge?!?


Clean showers…


Hooks in the showers


View at dusk from the backyard of the albergue.

Yes, we’ll stay! (And so did Nia and Eva. We assume the others we have been walking with all did the “full” stage to Zarautz.) I’m content.

Yes, we'll stay! (And so did Nia and Eva. We assume the others we've been walking with all did the "full" stage to Zarautz.) I'm content.

Yes, we’ll stay! (And so did Nia and Eva. We assume the others we’ve been walking with all did the “full” stage to Zarautz.) I’m content.

Posting from the iPhone turns out to be exceptionally time-consuming so my plan from here on out is to post one photo per day and a short write-up while I’m here, then do what I did with last year’s Camino; spend the next year creating the full posts; I hope you can wait for them!

Thank you for following and for all of your support!

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  • billie greene June 20, 2015 at 10:58

    I loved every one of your fabulous photos and totally understand posting only one per day from here on. So glad that you have had walking companions. Those views were stupendous! Keep on trekking!

  • Bonnie June 20, 2015 at 11:19

    Elissa, awesome, Pais Vasco is truly beautiful! I’m really looking forward to your posts!

  • Yolanta June 20, 2015 at 11:36

    Appreciate the posting difficulties, but loving the vicarious pilgrimage, having returned just 2 weeks ago from finishing the Frances. Eager to hear on an ongoing basis about the terrain and weather as the del Norte is next up on the potential list.
    Buen Camino!

    • Sometimes She Travels June 21, 2015 at 07:40

      Hope the transition back from the Camino is going well for you Yolanta. Thanks for reading!

  • Jen Hofmann June 20, 2015 at 13:32

    Oh, that view! WOW! I would have stayed too! Actually, the centrifuge alone would have sealed the deal. 🙂 What a great find after yesterday.

    I’m so happy you’re deciding to do less online for all of us spectators so that you can enjoy where you are. Watermarking images, uploading stuff, and writing meaningfully takes a lot of time. Brava to you, Elissa. Buen camino! <3

    • Sometimes She Travels June 21, 2015 at 07:41

      I immediately thought of you, Jen, when I saw the centrifuge! Xo

  • Holly June 20, 2015 at 21:36

    Oh sooo gorgeous!! I will miss not seeing this many photos every day! But, good to know this kind of blogging is time consuming and I’ll have to keep posts brief… hard for me. Glad God sent you such a lovely day to encourage you to continue!

    • Sometimes She Travels June 21, 2015 at 07:44

      Thanks Holly! It’s been an interesting learning process. I have some ideas up my sleeve for short posts. We’ll see. I will definitely be posting photos here and there on my Sometimesshetravels Facebook page!

  • Kathy June 21, 2015 at 06:47

    i am so thankful this day was better. That first entry being so different than last year must have been such a challenging head space. I know that new experiences are in store and you will find the differences melting away as you take each step of this new and different journey. May this year mold and shape you in ways that last year could not; may you always be surprised by what each day holds!!! Each day has a brownie (a joy) and a frowney (a sorrow). May you be see both!

    • Sometimes She Travels June 21, 2015 at 07:46

      Thanks Kathy. I kept telling myself, “don’t compare, don’t compare!” Even without the comparison it was a miserable day for pretty much everybody out there. But yes, there is always the good to be found!!

  • Yeni June 25, 2015 at 23:40

    What an amazing day! Me encantaron los paisajes!! Buena idea de solo publicar una foto,así puedes disfrutar más el Camino y tener más tiempo para otras cosas. Ya después descubriremos cada uno de tus pasos! Se me hace raro verte con otro color de blusa y de pantalones jaja 🙂

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