OIARTZUN - ZUMAIA 54 km 376m climbingOctober 7, 2017 in Spain
After our eventful day yesterday and experience on Spanish roads we felt apprehensive about how today's journey would turn out. The night before we carefully planned the route, especially the first section through San Sebastián, and I had written out instructions which I pinned to Tony's back. All the street names were in the Basque language and impossible to pronounce. We set off from the hotel and headed towards San Sebastián when we stopped to check the map a helpful local pointed us in the direction of the cycle route which we followed and found one of the town's beaches - phew. Next job was to find coffee. We came across the town hall with at least one wedding party standing outside. The square was packed so we headed down to the harbour area but the restaurants there only served food. We next tried the old town and found a little cafe with a fabulous choice of tapas or pintxos (the basque name) . Unfortunately we had only recently had breakfast so could only manage coffee which cost a mere €3.15 - bargain!
We headed out of San Sebastián which was a bit of a challenge. We found a large supermarket to get provisions then set off towards Zarautz. The route was uphill for quite a way despite following a river (for a local cycling friends, it was the equivalent of 7 Beaulieu hills). The Spanish drivers were quite good but Stoker was constantly worried about the gutter running along the side of the road which we were cycling close to. We had lunch by the beach at Zarautz and were pleasantly surprised that the route took us around the coast with some fantastic views but not too bad hills. Stoker was now worried about the low barrier and sheer drops into the sea!!
When we reached Zumaia there seemed to be a kayak race going on so it was rather crowded. Tonight we stayed in a bungalow on a camp site. The approach to the campsite was up a very steep hill and our bungalow was at the top of the site so another hill. Still it was a comfy little bungalow and we cooked some tea and prepared for more hills and scary adventures tomorrow.Read more