Day 5 - Somo to Gorliz

Posted by: Rob on 11/06/2018
Rain then sun
Banner showing boats in harbour


67.50 mi
11/06/2018 07:46 CEST
9.32 mph
34.67 mph
10068.04 Btu
0.12 hp
Elevation Gain
Elevation Gain:
5625.00 ft
5590.55 ft
Elevation Range
Elevation Range:
571.85 ft
-13.12 ft
77 °F
55 °F
195.67 mi
621.30 mi
195.67 mi
621.30 mi

Epic day!

What a day! I guess I'll start at the beginning...

I was woken up by the sound of rain. Not particularly heavy, but it woke me up nonetheless. I checked the time - it was 5 am.

I had planned on going back to sleep, but it soon became apparent that that wasn't going to happen. It soon started absolutely chucking it down. All I could do was sit and wait it out, but there was no sign of it easing off.

I had a quick peek outside and the campsite was starting to resemble a lake. It was time to go before I got washed away!

I packed all my stuff up as quick as I could and hit the road. Everything was soaked. Well, apart from all the electrical stuff which very much stayed in dry bags.

Once I got going it wasn't too bad. It was almost amusing. Eventually it did ease off and I dried out a bit. It eventually stopped, but there were a lot of threatening clouds around.

I stopped at a supermercado for some bread and chorizo. I soon smashed that down and then nibbled on some biscuits as I set off again.

It was a fairly hilly day. Nothing much altitude wise, but there were some long old climbs.

I saw loads of people walking. I guessed they were doing the Camino de Santiago and the signs I saw frequently confirmed that. I was surprised how much of it was on roads. I'd always assumed it was mostly on proper walking paths. It didn't look very pleasant for them trudging up the shoulder by the side of the road and nearly having a cyclist (me) crash into them! Anyway, fair play to them, but walking for miles on a road wouldn't float my boat.

As far as camping went, I had a bit of a dilemma - the campsites sort of stopped before Bilbao and then started again once out the other side. So I had to decide to stop either before or after. Would I have time to stop after? Only one way to find out!

There was an excellent cycle path into Bilbao and it was pretty easy to find my means of crossing the river - the transporter bridge! It cost the princely sum of 70 cents to cross with my bike. It was great! I tried to use the one in 'Boro a few years ago, but it was closed, so I have finally been on a transporter bridge.

As the afternoon wore on, it started to get really hot. This was great as when I eventually arrived at the campsite I had my eye on, I could dry all my wet stuff out. The thing is, the forecast for tomorrow is the same - rain first thing then easing off.

I've just been chatting to an English lady who has been cycle touring with her friend through Spain and Portugal for the last 6 weeks and she said they'd had more rainy days than sunny days. That is going to change though now that I'm here!

The campsite is really nice and I'm currently in the restaurant. You'll be able to see what I ordered shortly!

There is shop, but it doesn't open until 9. I'd like to be on the road before that, but if I'm not that early getting away, I shall sample their PACs!

I reckon I'll be somewhere around San Sebastian tomorrow night.

Right, my dinner's arrived. It is inmense!

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Aidan on 11/06/2018 21:03:56
Great progress today, keep it up!
norre on 11/06/2018 20:29:54
Nice bridge action and nice use of upsidedown punctuation.
Karen on 11/06/2018 20:00:29
The transporter bridge photos are very interesting - I've never seen one before...but then I don't think I've been to any of the places mentioned on the info poster! Hope the weather improves and it doesn't keep pouring every morning. Will the shop sell PACs?? Do you get them in Spain? Maybe you will be able to get churros con chocolate ....
Rob on 11/06/2018 20:03:36
The shop does sell PACs as I saw some in there when I arrived. I didn't bother as they'd been out since this morning and would probably be about a 2/10!
Kirst on 11/06/2018 19:56:43
And here, one of the three cats upstairs has had massive diarrhoea.
mikej on 11/06/2018 23:48:22
Too much information, Kirsten! I'm sitting up in bed and Boris is happily asleep lying on my feet. You should be eating tapas and paella while in Spain, Rob. Hope it stays dry tomorrow. Dad
Rob on 12/06/2018 08:08:41
Unfortunately the menus haven't included tapas or paella, otherwise I would have had them!