After I left Albergue Eskerika in the village of Pepiena, I was greeted by a cute donkey in a field. Well, maybe it wasn’t a greeting, but she looked at me in an inquisitive way. If I only had an apple. I really enjoyed meeting many of the farm animals along the Camino and they helped brighten my days when I wasn’t feeling well!
I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte, Guernica to Pepiena, Spain, at Albergue Eskerika, about 8 kilometers and a steep climb west of Guernica. I had a pleasant sleep but it was very odd having an entire dorm with about 25 beds to myself. I hope more pilgrims utilize the albergue and keep the owner in business (it was open at the time of writing but always check prior to arriving).
Now, let’s visit the donkey. Good morning!
After Pepiena, the Camino followed this gravel road through a rural mix of forest and farmland. Be prepared to climb!
We’ll go left here towards Goikoelexalde. Off the road and soon…
onto this wet, muddy path. There was a short climb of about 100 meters to the height of land or alto.
A view of the hillside from near the alto.
I’m not too sure what this building was. It didn’t look like a home.
Back onto pavement to Goikoelexalde. Even the rural areas often had garbage cans along the road (please use them!).
Getting very close to Goikoelexalde.
This was the Italian pilgrim who I walked with off and on during the first half of the Camino del Norte. Sometimes, we wouldn’t see each other for a day or two and then meet by coincidence along the Camino or in an albergue. It was amazing how close we were in pace.
A beautiful home in Goikoelexalde.
The church, Iglesia de San Emeterio y San Celedonio, dates to about 1500 with later renovations and extensions.
I’m sure the upper level of the tower was quite recent.
The ancient Crucero de Goikoelexalde.
About 1.4 kilometers from Goikoelexalde is the small town of Larrabetzu.
Entering Larrabetzu with very quite streets in the late morning.
Ahead is the Church of Santa Maria.
From Larrabetzu, there is a short climb and descent along a good track into Lezama. Be careful walking along this road. As you can see, there is no path or shoulder.
At the time of writing, there was an albergue in Lezama. As for me, I had my sights on Bilbao, over 11 kilometers away.
I hope you enjoyed this post. As the day got hotter, I struggled with the climb up Monte Avril, before desending into Bilbao, where I arrived completely exhausted. That will be on my next post, On the Camino del Norte, Lezama to Bilbao, Spain. Please join me.
If you have my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, or have ordered it, I really appreciate your support. It’s also out on Kindle and Kobo. My Goodreads and Amazon pages have reviews and more information. Please share this post, and thanks for your time.