Saturday, August 18, 2018
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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 15: When deciding which way to go, just look for the signs

Day 15: Hornillos to Castrojeriz - 20.1 km, 7 hours. Total for Days 1-15 = 325 km (202 miles)

There have been a number of moments along the way when I'm approaching a crossroads in the trail and I look ahead and consider my options. Left or right? Which way should I go? I don't see an arrow. There have always been arrows. Where is this one? Perhaps on the road? Perhaps on a tree?

As I draw closer to the fork in the road, I invariably discover that, yes, of course there's an arrow. I should have learned by now that there is always an arrow, a shell, a sign. I was questioning and doubting -- much too quickly and totally unnecessarily.

In today's instance, the time I spent assessing the various possibilities was rather minimal. Still, I think about the many little things I might have missed, preoccupied as I was with the decision ahead of me, because I did not trust that the answer would soon become clear and that my feet would find the right path: a snail slowly crossing the trail, leaving its own trail behind it; a deer bounding effortlessly through the field; a welcome gust of wind on my warm face; the sound of my feet crunching the earth that I walked upon.

The arrows will always be there when you need them. The signs will always be there. Look too soon and you'll miss out on what's around you. Look too late and you'll pass them by. Don't look at all and you'll probably find yourself somewhere you don't belong. Be present when the signs appear. Be aware of when the road you've taken doesn't feel right. Be in control when you must find your way back to the path.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Cruce San Bol

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Hornillos del Camino sunrise

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Approaching Hontanas

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A muralist in Hontanas

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Arco de San Antón ("St. Anthony's Arch")

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Castrojeriz, with the Castillo de Castrojeriz in background

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Hospital del Alma in Castrojeriz ... "where the soul is refreshed in a magical space dedicated to love and healing." (Their words, not mine.)

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

One of my nightly rituals - elevating my legs and icing my ankles.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A soak and a sunset

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The albergue I stayed at used to be connected to the castle by a series of now-closed-off tunnels. My host took me on a tour of the albergue's tunnels, now used as a wine cellar.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

My Camino passport after 15 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue Utreia in Castrojeriz

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 16 of Kelly's Camino.

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