The People ~ May 19, 2018

• Saturday, May 19, 2018, Day #9

• Santoña

• Distance 18 miles; total 129 miles

• 1,044’ ascent and 1,046’ descent

• 100% hard surface

• Time: 5 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-60 degrees; overcast becoming sunny

Perfect timing. Celebration in the plazas.

There is a pervasive gentleness about the people. I haven’t see adults in discourse, parents raising voice to children, or children having a melt-down.

I have not seen poverty nor have I seen what appears as mass unemployed persons.

1st Santoña

2nd Santoña

3rd Santoña / Saburo and me by hostel.

Like Walking on Water ~ May 19, 2018

• Saturday, May 19, 2018, Day #9

• Santoña

• Distance 18 miles; total 129 miles

• 1,044’ ascent and 1,046’ descent

• 100% hard surface

• Time: 5 1/2 hours

• Weather: 55-60 degrees; overcast becoming sunny

View of Santoña’s beach. An hour’s walk along the Santoña’s beach to the Santoña ferry.

Namibia and Saburo have become my walking companions since Bilbao.

1st Santoña

2nd Laredo-Santoña Ferry / Namibia & Saburo

3rd Namibia & Saburo

Eiffel, Yeah ~ May 17, 2018

• Thursday, May 17, 2018, Day #7

• Pobeña

• Distance 16.3 miles; total 98.1 miles

• 907’ ascent and 986’ descent

• 100% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 30 minutes

• Weather: 45-60 degrees; overcast becoming sunny

UNESCO Vizcaya Bridge. First of its kind. People and cars ride in a gondola beneath the suspension bridge built 1893 by Gustavo Eiffel. Service interrupted only once during the Spanish Civil war for four years.

1st Portugalete

2nd Portugalete

3rd Portugalete

Hard Surface Payoff ~ May 17, 2018

• Thursday, May 17, 2018, Day #7

• Pobeña

• Distance 16.3 miles; total 98.1 miles

• 907’ ascent and 986’ descent

• 100% hard surface

• Time: 7 hours 30 minutes

• Weather: 45-60 degrees; overcast becoming sunny

All hard surface walking wasn’t without reward. City streets with escalators. A suspected  gondola from suspension bridge. Followed by a 6-mile suspended road restricted to bikes and walkers towering over dozens and dozens of freeways while winding through green space. Can you imagine such a structure over the Washington, DC beltway?

1st Portugalete

2nd Portugalete

3rd Portugalete