Thursday, July 19, 2018
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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 25 and Day 26: New pilgrims bring new energy to a peregrina as she traverses the mountains of Spain

Day 25 (Thursday, July 27): Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo. 30.6 km, 11.5 hours

Day 26 (Friday, July 28): Villafranca del Bierzo to O'Cebreiro. 28.9 km, 8.25 hours

Total for Days 1-26 = 621 km (386 miles)

Editor's note: Due to some technical difficulties, we were unable to publish the Day 24 post on Friday, so we published it yesterday. Today's double post allows us to get back on our regular publishing schedule, which is on a two-day lag.

In order to receive your Compostela in Santiago, you must complete the final 100K on foot or 200K on bicycle. Since leaving Astorga, I've noticed more and more people on the Camino. We joke that we can tell how long someone has been walking based on their tan lines.

Many of us who started weeks ago are feeling a bit sad that our time is almost up. For those freshly-blistered pilgrims, though, it's only just the beginning. The new pilgrims bring a wave of enthusiasm for the Camino, an energy that pulls you out for just one more glass of wine and a bit of astonishment at those who have been walking since St. Jean Pied de Port.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Welcome to Ponferrada!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I've been playing leap frog with these South Korean women for a couple weeks. They shared boiled potatoes and eggs with Keaki and me in the 17K stretch of nothing.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Ponferrada graffiti

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Ponferrada statue

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A farmer...

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

... and her tools.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Lunch and a midday nap. Just as I was getting up, I saw Mantas coming down the street.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Back into the mountains.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

La Siesta, in the middle of the woods. Mantas and I were so happy to have found this place. Their giant sleepy dog rested while we sang along to oldies.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Second lunch with tomato, onion, cheese and corn cakes. (You can just see the sleepy dog on the far right.)

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

We stopped for a quick swim in the river. These boys were trying to catch fish with their nets.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A black cat in the street.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A walk through vineyards with spectacular views.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A house on a hill.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The backside of my Camino passport after 25 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue de Peregrinos Ave Fénix, in Villafranca del Bierzo.

Note: The following photos are from Day 26 (Friday, July 28)

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Villafranca del Bierzo pilgrim statue.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

This was my view the entire way up to O'Cebreiro. The climb was so steep and so hot that I had a constant stream of sweat dripping down my nose. It was such a beautiful walk today.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Galicia - the final province on the Camino.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Scott (England), Kathy (England), me, Julie (United States) and Brian (Denmark) at dinner.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Sunset in O'Cebreiro.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Brian, Steve, me and Julie.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The backside of my Camino passport after 26 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue do Cebreiro, in O'Cebreiro.

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 27 of Kelly's Camino.

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