Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 31: Nearing the end of her spiritual pilgrimage, a Tampa Bay woman gives thanks for her strong body

Day 31 (Wednesday, August 2): San Xulían to Santa Irene – 41.8 km, 10 hours. Total for Days 1-31 = 759 km (472 miles)

Underneath the extra glass of wine, the occasional ice cream cone and day of lounging around with people I love is a strong and able body.

A body that’s carried me not only hundreds of kilometers over the past four weeks, but a body that’s carried me for the past 30 years without fail. A body that allows me to reach the summit of a mountain and the bottom of a canyon. A body that keeps up with dozens of energetic children every day. A body that holds still in the most difficult of yoga positions longer than I think possible before falling out of it. A body that tells me when enough is enough. A body that gives me more energy than I know what to do with, begging me to burst into a sprint just because.

A body that’s resilient enough to handle the abuse it’s been put through these past 31 days. A body that could walk another 800 kilometers if I asked it to. A body that is no more or less strong than any other body on the Camino.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Albergue Casa Domingo

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Delicious treats in Casa Domingo’s bar.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A communal trail mix - I started with dried cherries and was given apricots, seeds and nuts from two friends.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I think of Mantas every time I see a white horse now.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Oh, how I love toast with tomato!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Santiago, here I come.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The backside of my Camino passport, after 31 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue Santa Irene, in Santa Irene.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi, 29, of St. Petersburg, FL., is a teacher at Country Day School in Largo, FL. She is currently in Europe walking the 500-mile Camino De Santiago. She is sending the Times a daily blog post about her solo journey, which is expected to last 33 days, ending on August 4, 2017. You can e-mail Kelly at [email protected], though you might not hear back until after she returns.

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