Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 13: The power of four

Day 13: Villafranca Montes de Oca to Burgos – 37.6 km – 10.75 hours

Straight up. Straight away. We walked out of the albergue's garden and climbed straight up to Alta de la Pedraja. A strong start to a long day - my longest day yet.

We grew from two, back down to one, to three, to four at times throughout the day. All felt right, especially on the home stretch: the long, sweaty, seemingly-endless walk into Burgos.

Determined to reach our destination - all for different reasons - we teamed up and powered through the worst part of the day to reach Burgos by early evening. It gave us just enough time to enjoy some wine, run into some "old" friends, grab dinner and ice cream, and enjoy the bustle and vibrancy of a Saturday night in a big city.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A creative and peaceful space on the Camino in Arraya de Oca.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Painted slabs from felled trees in Arraya de Oca.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

"Arraya de Oca stands with Standing Rock."

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The morning walk was through thick, shady forest.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Keaki (left) and Frank (from Poland). Frank hitchhiked his way from Poland and plans to do the same on his way back from Santiago.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

From left: Keaki, me and Frank.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The charming town of Agés, Spain.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

First coffee of the day.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

This home in Agés looks to be bursting with life and love.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A home in Orbaneja Riopico. I've received nothing but good wishes -- and seen many, many smiling faces -- in the towns along the Camino.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Welcome to Burgos!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Keaki, Donald (United States) and Camille (France), excited to be in Burgos.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

My Camino passport after 13 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue Municipal de Burgos

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. You can e-mail Kelly at [email protected], though you might not hear back until after she returns.

Read the post for Day 14 of Kelly's Camino.

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