There was some novelty about leaving Pasai Donibane this morning. I had to be ferried across the hdistance distance of about 150 metres. The boat i traveled in could carry about a dozen passengers. I was the only fare on my crossing. It was very reasonable at a��0.65. When I got to the other side I could see Xatur, the albergue hospitalero, standing outside the albergue. I gave him the walking pole wave which involves holding them above my head and waving them from side to side. He waved back. I was the last to leave albergue. I suspect this will happen again, and again.

The harbour entry into Pasai Donibane is quite interesting. It has a small opening,
about 60 metres wide, and then opens up, but not more than 200 metres in width. The entry must be quite deep because there was quite a big ship entering as I was leaving.

The boat was the last of the novelties for the day. After that it was mostly climbing until I got to my destination. After walking around the harbour's edge at Pasai Donibane I then had to climb about 200 steps to get me up the steepest part of the
mountain. I then followed a mountain path which cauesd me to muse, like I often do, about how things came into being. This time it was about the path I was walking. I thought it originally could have been one made by animals and improved
over a couple of hundred years after people moved into the area. Although in the period before the close of the first millenium when Muslims controlled that part of Spain where the Camino Frances is located, pilgrims moved onto the northern coastal route, so the path I was on today could be much older than I mused.

Donostia, my first stop for the day, has a huge white sandy beach. Surfing looks popular, as well as skate boarding on the very wide promenade. I sat by the beach and had one of my salads that I've made dozens and dozen of while on the road. Between Donostia and Orio is about 16km. I thought I'd do it wlthout a break and
stop in Orio for the night. Between these towns there are small farms which are only about a couple of hundred metres from the road to the ocean. Some run a few cows and others have in crops. I did see one inventive use of corn. The farmer had grown his corn and when established, planted cimbing beans around each stem. As the corn got taller the beans clung on.

About 6km from Orio I could see ahead of me a number of cars parked by the side of the road. This always excites some interest as to what might be going on. It turned out to be a restaurant out in the middle of nowhere. I stopped in front of a parked van and thought about whether I would have a meal at the restaurant. I heard a man's voice say, “You should have a meal here”. I then got into a conversation with the man for about five minutes during which I responded to a question by saying I had walked from Rome. The man and the passenger, who was having the conversation translated to him, wanted to shake my hand. Each was very
complimentary with their words and gestures. We then introduced ourselves. The men pointed out that their names we Basque. They were obviously proud of them.

The admiration expressed by these men was similarly expressed at the albergues in Irun and Pasai Donibane. In fact, in Pasai Donibane Xatur wrote on the back of a flyer I had given him a note saying that I had slept there on the 29 June 2011. He asked me to sign it , which I did. It's all becoming a bit embarrassing.

I took the man's advice and had a meal at the restaurant, and what a delicious meal
it was for just a��9.00. For that price I got a mixed salad entree, whole fish for my main, sweets, bread, and a bottle of sparkling mineral water. I love the way the Spanish do their salads, and the servings are always so generous. After stopping for over an hour I decided I should walk the extra 7km from Orio to Zarautz, but not before stopping in Orio for half an hour to snack and listen to a talent quest that was being held under a giant tent beside the harbour.

3km out of Orio there is a sign that reads Santiago 787km'. It won't be long before I'm there.
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