It was raining as we set out from the Pitis Hostel in Markina on the Camino Norte route toward Guernica. But the rain didn’t phase us even one bit. We had slept well – the first good sleep on our pilgrimage. Since there were only fellow pilgrims in the hostel, everyone was in bed early …

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 hit a major milestone on stage eight of walking the Camino del Norte from Pobeña to Islares. Just as we reached our destination at a beachside campsite in Islares, we finished our 100th mile walked. But mile 99 might have been the hardest mile yet. Let’s dive in: The Day We Hit 100 Miles …

The Day That Involved Barbed Wire, Stinging Nettle & Railroad Tracks: We set out on Day 15 of walking the Camino del Norte prepared to walk 23 miles. But that didn’t happen. Somewhere between crawling under a barbed-wire fence, running into stinging nettle, and walking back to the official route by way of narrow railroad …

The Day That We Made a New Friend: Sometimes on the Camino del Norte, it seems that you walk toward a destination for three days. That’s how it felt when we got to Llanes. We are finally here! But we made it and we relished in being in a large town where we could find …

The Day We Hit 200 Miles…and the Day I Threw Up at a Church: Most days on the Camino de Santiago come with challenges wrapped up in reward. For all of the pain, it is well worth it for the beauty and the feeling of accomplishment. Day 18 on our 500-mile walk on the Camino …