Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Travel

On the Camino de Santiago, Day 12: The power of two

Day 12: Grañon to Villafranca Montes de Oca – 27.7 km – 8.25 hours. Total for Days 1-12 = 247 km (153 miles)

The further I walk, the stronger I feel. My body is adjusting to its daily torture. My mind has shifted its focus from introspection to making connections and building relationships with others. My spirit is on a constant high.

I walked next to a friend the entire 27.7 kilometers. Our paces matched. Our conversation flowed freely. When one lagged, the other's steady pace encouraged the other to keep up. When one tired, the other dangled a cup of coffee at the end of the road. When both tired, the thought of a long shower and glass of wine pushed us forward.

The day ended on a sofa at the bar, drinking wine and relaxing.

The power of two is incredible.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Sunrise in Grañon

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Thomas (England) on his way after a brief chat.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The best smelling spot on the Camino so far.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

25 Calle Mayor, Redecilla del Camino

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Fields of wheat and sunflowers in Viloria de Rioja.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Keaki in Villamayor del Río

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Two beautiful homes of Villamayor del Río.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Afternoon walk in Belorado.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Pilgrims waiting for the Belorado albergue to open.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Older man in Belorado.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Keaki and I met this woman along the Camino. She spoke to us about her travels to the U.S. and Canada before sending us off on our way.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Lots and lots of snails!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A group of us waited twenty minutes for coffee while the owner went out for fresh bread. It was worth the wait!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

One of many, many fields of sunflowers.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

There's always time to stop and smell the roses.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A healthy dinner after countless cups of coffee, glasses of wine and ice cream.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Our dinner companions for the evening.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

My Camino passport after 12 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue San Antón Abad

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 13 of Kelly's Camino.

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