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Day 14:  Carrying my weight

Walking, rock-climbing and swimming as equals (Candace)

San Vincente de la Barquera to Pendueles

Distance: 15.5 miles (25 kilometers)

Total Ascent:  300 meters

Difficulty:  3

Calories Burned: 3,577

We loved our rural hostel last night.  We stayed at the Alojamientos el Paramo in San Vincente de Barquera (30 euro per night, including breakfast), and admittedly, it was located immediately behind a gas station on a busy highway and 2 kilometers out of town.  We didn’t have high hopes.

But when we arrived, the kindest woman met us, checked us in, and even invited us to a complimentary breakfast in the morning.  As we walked the well-manicured grounds/yard of this comfy home (they literally had an outdoor Roomba), we found a pool (not yet filled for summer) and a giant chess board.

We walked through our cozy front porch and living room, and then upstairs to our inviting loft bedroom.  We had great wifi and then woke up this morning to one of the best breakfasts we’ve had on the trip.  Hard boiled eggs, meats, croissants, bread, orange juice and coffee, all cooked by our kind host.  Just awesome.

We trekked along the ocean again today for the latter part of our day, and saw the most gorgeous cliffs, caves and secret coves.  We even got to rock climb and swim a bit!  And the sun came out just as we jumped in the water.  We couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon

And I’ve just decided to try something new.  I reorganized our bags so that I would be carrying all of my things, including clothes, toiletries, sleeping bag and electronics.  I wanted to help lighten Andrew’s load, but more importantly, I wanted to carry my own.  Just to know I can.

And it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  In fact, I think it will work out just fine for the rest of our trek.  And I’m able to say that I was really carrying my own weight.