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Markina-Xemein

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  • Day5

    Markina - exhausted!

    September 16, 2017 in Spain

    Another day of ups and downs, with muddy trails and scenic views. We were so glad to reach Markina at lunchtime. We considering walking a bit further, but decided that rest was more important today.

    We're in the donativo pilgrim hostel, along with many of the people we've met in the past few days. Nice place.Read more

  • Day6

    Muntibar - Albergue Lea

    May 13, 2017 in Spain

    A long and challenging walk today, 30 kms up and down mountains. It was very beautiful and not at all crowded - apart from a mountain bike race in the early stages. The trail was quite muddy in places, but the weather was dry and very pleasant.

    I left Izarbide at around 7.30ish, after a nice bowl of porridge. People laugh at me for carrying porridge in my backpack, but it's great hiking fuel! A big advantage of staying in an albergue rather than a hotel is that the facilities are totally geared towards walkers. It's great to be able to do laundry and use a kitchen.

    I took a few breaks along the way, including a long one in Markina. It was first communion day in the town and it was fun to watch the families celebrating. I had no fixed plan for how far I would walk today. I knew that most people were planning to stay in the monastery after Bolibar, but when I arrived there I had enough energy to walk a bit further.

    I phoned Albergue Lea in Muntibar to make sure that they had a bed, which thankfully they did. This is another great albergue, run by the most helpful couple ever. There are just 3 of us in a 10-bed dorm. Laundry and breakfast are included in the €15 price - the lady washed and dried all of my clothes. Such luxury! Dinner was great and very reasonably priced, with a 'half menu' option that suited me perfectly. I had a huge portion of lentil soup/stew, crusty bread and some home-made cake.

    I soaked my feet in a big basin of ice, which helped my blisters and swollen ankles. I'm very tired, but happy and comfortable. Life is good!
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  • Day4

    Camino Del Norte - Day 4

    June 12, 2017 in Spain

    Camino Del Norte - Day 4

    Deba - Markina Xemein
    Distance 23km
    Total ascent 915m
    Total descent 830km.

    I wandered around Deba which is a small basque provincial town. I had a wonderful squid and octopus salad followed by a hake dinner. (Note Jackie Crank - no beer)
    The town's beach was lovely. Lots of surfers but a very strong tidal way. Some of the pilgrims went for a swim. I paddled. Lovely on well worn feet.
    The Albergue was full last night but excellent facilities. All for 5 euros. They even turned away a large group of Spanish kids. I thought we were on a winner but it was very warm overnight. Someone beat even me in the snoring competition. I used my anti snoring device so was quiet as a church mouse. The other guy nearly got lynched.
    As a result of the snore fest, most of us in my room were up and out the door at 6.15am.
    We left the coast for a few days to walk inland.
    Unfortunately, it was lashing rain. It did have one advantage of feeling fresh and cool. I set off alone and straight away into a long steep ascent.
    The rain continued most of the day. So no pictures of the landscape as it was either raining heavily or I was in the cloud base.
    I stopped around 9am for a breakfast of bread, cheese and chorizo. There were no refreshments points on this entire section so all peregrinos were advised to stock up. There weren't many watering points either.
    I eventually ended up walking with my fellow Irishman again and chatting to peregrinos from Italy, USA, Holland and Spain.
    Sections of the path were steep and very muddy. My shoes have taken a battering. We eventually got into Markina Xemein around 1am. We sat and lay on our rucksacks across the road while we waited for the Albergue to open at 3pm.
    We all shared the remains of our food on a poncho. It was interesting finding out about other people's stories. Most peregrinos are walking sections because of time and work constraints. We have already picked out each other out who are aiming to walk the whole Camino.
    The hospilardos have been kind and really looked after us. This Albergue is by donation only and breakfast included. All my admin is completed.
    I have included photographs of Deba beach and tonight's stop in Markina Xemein.
    Tomorrow, we walk to Gernike. During the Spanish civil war, Franco used Hilter and Mussolini's airforces to destroy the town.
    Hopefully, the weather will improve. My feet are holding up well. One blister only but my shoes have taken a battering. Looking at the soles, they MIGHT get me to Santiago?

    Thank you for your generous support of B.I.R.D.
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  • Day50

    Day 48: Zumaia - Markina

    October 1, 2016 in Spain

    Distance: 35.7 (1210.1/769.9)
    Weather: 25C, sunny and cloudy later
    Mood: Strong and happy!
    Blisters: 0
    Staying at: Pitis Hostel

    In awe of nature!

    This was definitely the most beautiful landscape I've seen sofar and at the same time the physically most challenging walk. Up and down and up and down for about 1600m up and down again over 32km (I found an ingenious shortcut again, but soon steep!)
    I was joined by the German Eva, Lithuanian Justin as and Korean Pacman (not his real name). We took the alternative coast route, which led to the stunning views of Flysch cause by erosion of the sea. My German ebook mentioned the track, but warned it was difficult and no other guide indicated that e it in any way and believe me... It was HARD! I don't think I've ever sweated so much, but it was worth it.
    Unfortunately, we still had another difficult part to go, a 500m climb and a very steep descent... About 9km before the endpoint we met some German guys, who were shocked to hear we were doing in one day what they were planing for two days. They said those 9km took them 6 hours and we only had 4 till sunset!
    Of course we made it just before the last daylight had faded and a choir received us into town with some singing. Out spirits and energy were so high that even a full hostel couldn't put a damper on the mood. We were strong, powerful and unstoppable! An unforgettable day on my camino, that taught me how lows can easily be followed by highs and that a human body can do so much more than we think....
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  • Day6

    Markina-Xemein

    July 18, 2017 in Spain

    Gestern und heute waren krass.
    Gestern haben wir uns verleiten lassen, einem Saftverkäufer glauben zu schenken, der meinte, es gäbe einen viel schöneren Weg entlang der Küste als den gekennzeichneten.
    Die Aussicht war der Hammer 🙊aber der Weg an sich, ging gar nicht. Die 300 Höhenmeter die wir abwechselnd rauf und wieder runter mussten, hätten wir beim anderen Weg vllt auch gehabt aber die lebensgefährlichen Abgründe, 😩direkt neben dem Weg, ohne jedes Geländer und der doch oftmals sehr rutschige Kiesweg, haben mich ab und an ein Stoßgebet sprechen lassen.🙏🏻
    Dann haben wir keinen Platz in der Herberge bekommen und mussten per Bus in die nächste Stadt und in einer Pension schlafen.
    Heute Morgen ging der früheste Bus erst um 8:10, viel zu spät um nach 25 km wandern am Zielort noch einem Herbergsplatz zu kriegen. Eigentlich. Ich hab dann beschlossen die besagten Kilometer einfach Nonstop durchzulaufen und zwar mit Turbo und es hat geklappt. Ich bin jetzt zwar völlig fertig aber habe einen Platz in der Herberge.
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  • Day4

    Lunch

    July 3, 2015 in Spain

    We found a restaurant that was already making food. So we had the Menu Del Dia which includes salad, fish, dessert and wine.
    We also accomplished our first 100km!!

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