Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Travel

On the Camino de Santiago, Day 24: A pilgrim reaches the Cruz de Ferro, an important milestone on the journey to Santiago

Day 24: Foncebadon to Molinaseca: 20.3 km, 6 hours. Total for Days 1-24 = 561 km (349 miles)

The other day, another pilgrim mentioned how nice it will be for her to return home and sleep in her bed, shower in her bathroom and cook in her kitchen. I briefly fantasized about the image of my bed, bathroom and kitchen... and then remembered that I don't have a home waiting for me! I stored everything I own in order to do this trip.

When I return to Florida, I will exchange my backpack for a small suitcase full of clothes, a yoga mat and a bicycle (and some camping gear, which will do me no good in the Florida heat). Everything else will stay in storage until I find a place to live.

So, rather than dreaming of my bed, I look forward to that first hour back on my yoga mat. Rather than taking a bath in my bathroom, I envision soaking in my parents' swimming pool. And rather than cooking in my kitchen, I think of grilling with the people I love.

I'm not ready for all that just yet, but after the quickly approaching multi-day journey back home on train, plane, rental car and taxi, I'm sure I will be.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Pilgrims place the stones they brought with them from home at the base of Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross), continuing an ancient tradition intended to symbolize leaving behind your sins and other burdens.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Stones left at Cruz de Ferro by previous Camino pilgrims.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Julie had lost her stone earlier in her Camino and happened to find it after reaching the cross. Camino magic!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

As I reached the Cruz de Ferro, I thought of Lorraine (Italy). The cross marked the end of her Camino.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Silhouette of pilgrims at Cruz de Ferro.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Back in the mountains.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Even highway walking on the Camino is beautiful.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A quirky little place along the way. I didn't stop, but I smiled at the howling dogs as I walked by.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kathy and I enjoyed a well-earned beer after a good walk and some serious conversations.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The locals really seem to take great pride in the Camino.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The slow death of a tree.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Bienvenidos a Molinaseca!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Fresh bread on display in the street.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Locals and pilgrims were out for a swim in the Río Meruelo on this warm summer evening.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Father and son.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Another view of the Meruelo river. The bridge dates back to ancient Rome.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Dinner. I picked up the produce from a small shop in town. As I walked in, the owner immediately gave me a handful of raisins.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The backside of my Camino passport, after 24 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue Santa Marina in Molinaseca.

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 25 of Kelly's Camino.

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