The Camino del Norte – or northern Camino route – turns back toward the coast on this stage from Portugalete to Pobeña. It felt so good to see the water and feel that breeze again! The Day We Left Basque Country: Our bodies felt great on this day, but my feet really hurt. New blisters …

We gave ourselves a rest day on Day 9 of walking the Camino del Norte. Our bodies just needed it. We honestly thought we would go to the beach and splash around in the water, but we couldn’t be bothered to do anything but lounge around and drink sangria. That’s what you call a rest …