Basilage

Why does the chicken cross the road? Because there’s a waymark on the other side. These marks are about 2 inches by 4 inches, and located on telephone or power poles, traffic signs, trees, fenceposts, downspouts, corners of buildings, and occasionally large rocks. Often there is notice of an upcoming turn. Often there is indicated “wrong way/ not this way”. But where? There’s no way to predict. One must always be vigilant. As the two Dutch women today were not, got themselves turned around and walked 10 km back the wrong way before being set straight again by an oncoming pilgrim they had overtaken earlier. And sometimes waymarks hide behind low-hanging chestnut limbs as I discovered myself this morning, but I only lost 5 minutes.

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