September 17: 18.1k Coastal Route
It was a social day on the Camino. It took awhile to find the coastal route, having ended up on the literal wrong side of the tracks with no way to cross. Once along the beach it was heavenly.
We met Martin from Kraków, the birthplace of my Polish family. Shortly thereafter we joined Carolyn, Beth and Laura, the Pacific NW crew we met the other day.
Having tied a bandana beret as a substitute for my hat, I explained to them how I had lost it two days ago. Camino magic! They had found a hat on the forest trail on Thursday and it was mine. I had determined from pictures that I lost it between 3:00 and 3:16. They found it at 3:51, probably the very next pilgrims to pass that way. Not knowing it was mine their plan was to drop it at the next alburgue.
We had met a local man who advised us that avoiding the Camino path and taking the beach trails instead would be a more satisfying hike. "Always keep the ocean on your left and you'll be OK." It was spectacular. We went through moors of heather:
Walked on the beach:
Into the town of Ancora behind us: