Total distance 158.8km
Daily average 26.5
Today’s accumulated uphill elevation 446m
Today’s accumulated downhill elevation 659m
There were just four of us at the lovely albergue in Eskerika last night and a very good night’s sleep was had.
I was on the road at a leisurely 08:15 for the fairly short walk into Bilbao. It was short but not particularly sweet. The majority of the walking was on road and the sections of track were not good to walk on. Because I decided to walk in shorts this morning, it started to rain fairly early on. Not hard but enough to necessitate a stop for wet weather gear. The shorts were OK – it was not at all cold.
I was very tired today, probably due to the long treck yesterday.
There really isn’t very much to say about today’s walk. The donativo albergue in Bilbao is open, contrary to my guidebook information which stated it didn’t open until May. But when I looked on the map I could see it was a very long way out of the city centre, so I found myself a central hostal – The Ganbara in which I have a bed in a female dorm for six with ensuite, 17,10 euros including breakfast. There are also plenty of other bathrooms on the floor. And also a washer and dryer, so I have treated my clothes to a spin.
When I arrived at the hostal I was very pleased to see Alan and Niki were staying here, and since there have arrived a whole load of pilgrims I have been seeing over the last few days.
I will probably walk out of town tomorrow via the Guggenheim museum, rather than take the hike out there now. I am not planning to go inside as I have heard it is rather disappointing, but I do want to see the building. I am hoping to meet up with a blogging pal who lives in the city early this evening and with luck he will introduce me to some of the culinary specialities of the area.
Not many photos due to rain and lack of inspiration. So I shall showcase a few that got missed in previous posts.
Just back from meeting my friend. Went to the main square – Plaza Nueva for wine and pintxos – what a wonderful selection of deliciousness.