Tony, Tim, Betsy & Ray's (not forgetting Geoff) 2014 Camino

GR65 (France), GR11 & Camino del Norte (Spain)


13.06.14 Friday San Sebastian to Zarautz (yes really but no good for scrabble). Not included in the blog yesterday was the cat that offered to carry Betsy's pack. Sadly it did not fit. We get out of the alburgue in San Sebatian by 7.30 and ascend the steep path on to the cliff walk as yesterday. Today however it is very foggy and the navigational aid (blue right green left) fails us as we hardly see the sea until we descend again into the old fishing port of Orio where pilgrims were ferried across for free in medieval times. It is interesting that the old restored town and churches are all on the near bank where development occurred to cope with the pilgrin arrivals, the development on the west bank is all modern. We go up the hill out of town and a couple of km across the top between Orio and Zarautz we pass by the first campsite in favour of the one at the bottom of the hill nearer town. It is just in the process of opening for the season and will not take us. This causes consternation we should have realised it is Friday 13th. So into nearest bar for food a menu de doa and the walk back up seems easy instead of a major trial. A nice campsite on the top of the cliff with drying sea breezes, the morning fog has mostly cleared and much airing and washing takes place. 20.5 km maybe 500m of up and down although the GPS tracked 1000m which even with the reversal of route to add an additional 100m or so seems excessive.
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