Wednesday 7th October.
Yesterday we spent at San Sebastián with mixed fortunes. We left Capbreton in the morning in warm, humid weather, we stopped a little south of Bordeaux for coffee, the sun came out and it was glorious. Arriving in San Sebastián it clouded over and a few spots of rain fell but undeterred we set off for the old town which is a brisk hour's walk from our parking place 43.30789 -2.01453. San Sebastián is one of our favourite cities, the broad boulevards contrast perfectly with the old town and the curving, sandy beach is the icing on the cake, together with lots of pedestrianised areas and cycle paths it really is a pleasure to explore. But yesterday we were focused on finding the tastiest Pintxos, which is the Basque take on Tapas. According to tradition each offering should be no more than two mouthfuls so we shared four in the first bar, four in the second and two in the third with a cheesecake and coffee to finish, a small beer (Solitos) in each bar which is only maybe 10 or 15 cl is just enough. The whole experience cost about €35 for the two of us and we ate nothing for the rest of the day. We dodged the showers as we moved from bar to bar but this was just a taste of what followed. We bought an umbrella and then the wind got up and it absolutely tipped it down. The brolly was trashed in about fifteen minutes and ended up in a dustbin and by the time we got back to the van we were like drowned rats; our jeans and trainers are still drying out!
A couple of views of the bay at San Sebastián (note the gathering storm clouds!)
We set off today following the coastline and stopped first at Zumaia and would you believe it we were parked next to the river. Out came the fishing rod and a pleasant hour was spent catching........nothing. Along the coast to Deba, then Ondarroa, onwards to Lekeitio then inland dropping down to Gernica by which time I was running on fumes. The SatNav directed me to a fuel station just as the warning light came on - phew, that was lucky. Back up the road to Bermeo where we are now parked up for the night having got the last but one Motorhome parking space 43.42299 -2.72561. Only a few showers today and the forecast is looking better as we get toward the end of the week by which time we will be at the Picos mountains. We'd semi-planned a route but discovered yesterday that the snow line starts at 500metres and it's recommended that we call at Camgas de Onis to check the route before we set off so that's what we'll do. But before that we have Comillas to visit tomorrow.