Another dull and slightly foggy day has dawned. Apart from a short track after leaving Santillana I suspect that the whole of today’s walk will be on the road, although most of it on country lanes through beautiful scenery.
Our first stop is at 12 km at Cobreces . After which I take a different route from last time which takes me closer to the coast, skimming a beach and then up an everlasting hill – a real lung buster. I did find a shortcut which I thought would make the going a little easier but in reality I don’t think it was any shorter or any easier.
Next stop was at Comillas, 21 km. This is a beautiful town with ancient buildings, including one designed by Gaudi.
After a coffee break we decide to walk on to San Vicente de la Barquera. We have walked several short quite hard stages recently and I am keen to know whether I still have it in me to do a 30+ kilometre stage. The walk out of town is on a flat footpath along the CA131.
As I was following the road I heard Paul shout to me that I had missed an arrow and he was taking a path high above me. Unusually, I blindly followed him. We ended up walking in the most ridiculous loop off the road, with huge elevation – totally unnecessarily. It must have added 2-3 km of hard walking to our distance.
Once we regained the road the rest of the walk was a bit of a slog. There was a lot of elevation today, constantly up and down hills.
But I walked the 35 km without too much problem, apart from a new blister. The albergue I stayed in six years ago has been taken over by an association of pilgrims and is now much cleaner and smarter. It is donativo.