Monday, September 24, 2018
Travel

On the Camino de Santiago, Day 17: Think 11 miles of nothing but straight trail and open, flat fields sounds easy? Think again.

Day 17: Villarmentero de Campos to Lédigos: 33.5 km, 10.25 hours. Total for Days 1-17 = 394 km (245 miles)

As I write this post, I'm lying on a bunk, feeling sick and fighting a fever, in a small room with eight other pilgrims. You'll have to forgive me for not writing much.

Day 17 (Wednesday) was a good, strong day for me – both physically and mentally. It started with a gorgeous sunrise and ended with a lesson in Japanese writing over a fine dinner of bananas and red wine. (Some days you just don't have the stomach for a real meal.)

Hopefully I'll feel well enough to write more for tomorrow's post. In the meantime, here are photos from Day 17 of my Camino.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Sunrise in Villarmentero de Campos, as seen from our albergue

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Sunrise in Villarmentero de Campos, as seen from our albergue

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Villarmentero de Campos

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

In between Villarmentero de Campos and Carrión de Los Condes (the first leg of the day's hike).

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

In between Villarmentero de Campos and Carrión de Los Condes

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

In Carrión de Los Condes

The following photos are from a 17.2 km stretch, ending in Calzadilla de la Cueza, of nothing but straight trail surrounded by open, flat fields. As big a test for the mind as it was for the body. Maybe even bigger.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Thanks to these clouds, we were able to push through the final 6.7 kilometers.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The end is near! Calzadilla de la Cueza comes into view.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Closer ...

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

… and closer!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A post-17.2 km meal.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

My Camino passport after 17 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue La Morena, in Ledigos

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.

Read the post for Day 18 of Kelly's Camino.

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