Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
The Camino must be preparing us each day to face a harder challenge the following day. Every day the test has become harder and harder.
We walked out of Zumaia in great spirits reveling in the beautiful Basque coastal scenery that continued to dazzle us every step of the way. After a short while, we came to a junction where we had s decision to make as to whether we take the coastal, spectacular scenery but very challenging track or the high track that climbed steeply at first then plateaued out and appeared to be less arduous. As it turned out, this was a good choice because even though it turned out the be quite challenging, it was apparently nowhere near as challenging as the coastal track which out friends, the two Simones took.
Again, the outlook was spectacular through high mountain areas with cropping animals and pine forests and tantalizing glimpses of the Bay of Biscay gradually disappearing ad the pathway followed the mountains away from the coast deep into the forests. Hot day, very hot day and very hilly terrain.
The track deteriorated into rough stony ground which was hell on the feet and took a lot of focus not to turn an ankle or two. But we ploughed on, becoming more and mire exhausted as another hill reared its head just ad soon as we had ascended and descended one. This happened several times until late in the day we stopped at a cafe in Itzar to take a breather only to discover that the highest hill of the day was still ahead of us! Needless to say, we pushed on under the relentless dun and reached Deba totally exhausted and happy to have made it.