Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 29: What you want and what you need are sometimes two very different things

Day 29 (Monday, July 31): Barbadelo to Gonzar: 26.3 km, 7.75 hours. Total for Days 1-29 = 697 km (433 miles)

After a long day of walking on the Camino, I almost always feel like crashing. At that point in the day, I'm almost certainly dehydrated, and I am definitely depleted of energy. During those last few kilometers I usually imagine emptying my pack, showering and face planting on my bunk (the top one, I hope).

As so often happens in life, things don't generally work out the way I've envisioned. Many times, upon reaching my albergue, I've been greeted by a friendly face. This usually results in engaging in long conversations with lots of laughter and partaking of much-needed food and wine. That's what happened today. After the walk I had, it was not what I had envisioned but it was exactly what I needed!

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I met this handsome guy along the way today.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Busloads of new pilgrims.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Whenever I see cafes that are packed like this one, I walk right on by.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Camino love.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

These three young guys kicked a soccer ball as they walked along.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The view of Portomarín from across the Rio da Barrela.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

I unintentionally ended up walking through the town. I found myself hoping for a proper ice cream shop but found a grocery store with pudding and fruit instead.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The earth on this section of the Camino had a very different look.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A cross covered and surrounded by items left by pilgrims.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Thomas (Canada), a French woman who will have walked 2,000 km once she reaches Santiago, me, Meghan (Ireland), Marco (Italy), Marco (Italy), Kim (South Korea) and Ollie (Ireland).

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Laundry and sunset.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The backside of my Camino passport, after 29 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Albergue Casa Garcia, in Gonzar.

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 30 of Kelly's Camino.

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